This month, we’re celebrating all things Irish with the publication of You Know You’re Irish When … by Séamus Ó’Conaill. Seamus has compiled a hilarious list of iconic Irishisms, from classic Irish quirks to the more recent additions of what it means to be from the Emerald Isle. Here are some of the highlights:
You Know You’re Irish When …
- You’ve no idea what is the difference between Fianna Fáil and Fine Gael
- Most of your overdraft in your thirties was going to friend’s country weddings
- Until you were twenty-five, your favourite cheese was EasiSingles
- Mammy let you watch all the violence and swearing on TV you liked. But God forbid there was any ‘sexy’ stuff going on
- You vote for your local representative because, didn’t your father vote for his father?
- You know where you were when Anne Doyle announced she was retiring from RTE News
- After you turn forty, you find yourself buying the local paper for ‘the deaths’
- They’re not ‘errands’. They’re ‘the messages’
- You know what ‘I’m running five minutes late’ really means
- You were warned as a child you’d get ‘square eyes’ from looking at the telly
- You ask someone: ‘Are you goin’ out, or are you goin’ *out* out’
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‘Seamus O Conaill has distilled our very nature into the pages’ Irish Daily Mirror
‘He’s compiled a list of things that are unique to us Irish – and he’s nailed it!’ Today FM’s Early Breakfast Show