Ten Irish quirks

Ah, the idiosyncrasies of Ireland… they are everywhere if you open your eyes. After living in Ireland for 10 years and almost 6 months, I still find new ones!

  1. Pedestrians waiting to cross the road and staring at the little red man to go green… only tourists do so. You can spot who is a tourist by the look on their faces when they see Irish people dodge the traffic and jump in front of oncoming traffic. We’re a risk-taking kind of society!
  2. The sad and confusing look on the faces of said tourists when, upon arrival in Dublin city, they spot a tall building bearing the name ‘Heineken’ instead of ‘Guinness’ on O’Connell Bridge. Despite the huge economy Guinness brings to Ireland, you are confronted by ‘Heineken’ first and ‘Guinness’ later.
  3. French fries are called ‘chips’ while English and European ‘chips’ are ‘crisps’ in Ireland. Like I said… quirky.
  4. ‘That’s gas’ means ‘It’s so funny’. Just when you think of ‘gas’ meaning the old flatulence issues, the Irish use it as a description to indicate that someone or something is funny, weird, strong, wild etc.
  5. The belief that alcohol is absolutely healthy for you, refusing to believe that ‘Wait, it can actually kill you?!’
  6. Irish people always finding a reason to party, even when they just found out they’ll have a party.
  7. If you have to spell your name, make sure you pronounce the H as ‘hhhaych’: people will immediately know you’re Irish because if you pronounce it as ‘aych’, they will presume you’re English. If there’s anything to be said about this, listen to Winston Churchill, who once said: “We have always found the Irish a bit odd. They refuse to be English.”
  8. Irish summers sometimes last just one day. A few years ago it happened on a Friday. And we still remember that day because it was warm and it was at the end of a working week.
  9. When you plan to meet Irish people, allow them as much time as possible to arrive, and remain patient. Time management is something unknown to them.
  10. When you meet Irish people and they’re in a hurry, they will ask this: ‘How are you?’ yet they won’t stop to see how you are. ‘How are you?’ is just a way of saying ‘Hello!’

(Daily Prompt, 2013: The Satisfaction of a List)

© Willeke Van Eeckhoutte and Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me, 2011-2013. Unauthorised use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Willeke Van Eeckhoutte and Ireland, Multiple Sclerosis & Me with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

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