24 Things Irish People Miss When They Move Away
Lamenting the old country when you go to Spain for a week?
Some prefer the Batch variety, others favour the sliced pan. Want to make it even better? Try a crisp sandwich. Carb on carb 4 lyf.
Full Irish breakfasts
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Thick cut back bacon, juicy, meaty sausages (gotta be SuperValu, nee Superquinn), black and white pudding, baked beans, toast (with real Irish butter), fried eggs, fried tomato, and some form of fried potato. Breakfast abroad just isn’t the same.
Proper dairy products
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Because Irish cows know where it’s at. Milk, butter, and cream are all superior on the Emerald Isle, and we miss them when we go away.
Snowballs, Tea Cakes, Macaroon, and Big Time bars… we miss them all equally.
Popping to the coast whenever we fancy it
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One of the advantages of being a little island is the close proximity to the seaside coast. And what a coast it is.
Good natured slagging
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Because where else could you call somebody you barely know a “bollox” simply because you’re getting on really well?
We have so many superior brands of tea for such a little country. And FYI, there’s nothing wrong with packing boxes of Barry’s for a mini-break.
Because when it’s sunny all the time, what is there to complain about?
Good natured pessimism
When we’ve had a grand stretch of weather, we’re always there to remind each other that it won’t last.
Drinking it cures all ills.
The best damn crisps in the world.
Chatting to Dublin taxi drivers at 4am
They’re always on hand to offer their take on the state of the nation.
The unofficial national anthem, it even went back to number one on its 15th birthday this year. When you’re on a night out and you know that there’s not even a tiny chance that the DJ will play Mark McCabe’s classic, well, it stands no chance of being the perfect night out.
Good old self-deprecation
We don’t like to get full our ourselves, now. Compliment an Irish woman on her dress, and her default reaction will likely be “STOP, it’s hideous, I should have burned it years ago!” That’s normal.
Irish pub culture
We might bemoan it from time to time, but knowing there’s always going to be somewhere open on a Tuesday night for a pint is oddly comforting.
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From Jean Byrne’s rig-outs on the weather to screaming at the telly watching The Late Late Show, and even the good ol’ Six One news. There’s nothing like Irish telly.
Getting properly into Eurovision
Yes, they have Eurovision in many countries, but the Irish basically rule it. Besides, Marty Whelan is the best commentator of all time.
Often imitated, never perfected, there’s nothing quite like an Eddie’s malt with a side of bacon cheese fries.
Celebrating Paddy’s Day at home
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Yes, it’s great celebrating with expats around the globe, but there’s nothing quite like spending St Patrick’s Day on the Emerald Isle.
Irish Chinese food
Okay, it’s probably* not authentic Asian food. But chicken balls, 3in1s, spice bags et al are a special part of being Irish.
Friendly Irish faces
People saying “hi” for no reason, starting random conversations on the bus, and making best friends on nights out are all things that happen in Ireland. And it’s these moments that you’ll miss when you leave.
Rolls from the deli
Whether they’re stuffed with breaded chicken fillet or breakfast items, they’ll cure even the very worst of hangovers.
Irish people don’t say, “Top of the mornin’ to ye.” But we do say, “Ye pox”, “Would you go and shite”, “C’mere to me now”, “I’ll box the head off ya”, and much more.
And finally: Penneys
Yes, we know they have Primark elsewhere. But it’s NOT the same.