15 Things the Irish Do Best

  1. Tea
    Irish people have a commitment to tea that cannot be described. It’s a love that runs deep that it is only rivalled by our love of potatoes (embrace the stereotype). We make the best tea in the world and don’t believe in more than one kind (except for the Barry’s vs Lyons debate). Irish people will judge your character based on how you make and take your tea – if you don’t drink you are not to be trusted. Tea has always been there for us as a nation, everything and anything can be solved with a good cuppa tae!
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Image Via Pinterest
  1. Traditional Breakfast
    To go with your tea – a hearty Full Irish. Toast, eggs, sausages, rashers, beans (touchy subject), white and black pudding (don’t ask, just eat it), all fried and served with helpings of Irish butter. Extremely unhealthy but extremely satisfying. It’s a guaranteed hangover cure.
  1. Rejecting compliments
    The Irish cannot and will not accept your compliment. We get awkward and embarrassed by you drawing attention us. We know we look great, we appreciate your lovely comment. But we will not acknowledge it out loud.
    *Irish Person B: buys expensive new outfit for a special occasion*
    Person A: ‘I love your outfit, you look fantastic.’
    Person B: ‘Noooo, this thing? Sure it’s year’s old, I found it in the back of the wardrobe. And sure I haven’t even done the hair, I’m surprised they let me into the building at all.’ This is code for thanks very much.
  1. Slang
    For such a tiny country, each county and location has developed it’s own slang for various situations, words and stages of being drunk. Slang can differ strongly depending on if you’re talking to a city dweller or countryman. In some cases you may not even understand it if you are from Ireland yourself so we commend all travellers on attempting to engage in conversation with us! Check out our previous post to become a slang master.
  1. Funerals
    Irish funerals are an occasion. We sure do send off our loved ones in the best way we deem suitable; with a big session down the pub. Funerals are not just for close family, they for everyone who has ever encountered the deceased. Funerals are not just one day, they can be 2 or even 3 days long – often depending on the popularity of that person. Visits to their home, the church, the burial and the few pints and sandwiches down the pub after are known to be the best way to support a grieving family. Funerals are not meant to be sad, they are meant to celebrate the life of the individual, sure isn’t that what they would have wanted?
  2. Pubs
    There is no place in the world quite like an Irish pub (and no Irish Bars abroad do not count). Whether it be a few quiet one’s in local, a proper traditional Irish Music set, the beginning of a long night on the town, there’s a pub for every occasion.
  1. Guinness
    On the topic of pubs, Guinness has been scientifically proven to taste best in the home land. As it doesn’t need to be shipped very far it’s the freshest pint of the black stuff you’re going to find. We even have a dedicated quality control team purely to ensure that our most famous brew is the best it can be.
Photographer: Graham Barclay/Bloomberg News
Photographer: Graham Barclay/Bloomberg News
  1. Music
    Again, often hand in hand with our notorious pub scene is our trad sessions. Enjoyed by all ages regardless of musical preference. A good trad session can instantly change your mood and have you feeling like (and sometimes actually) dancing on tables.
  1. Banter
    Ireland is the self-proclaimed King of Banter (also commonly known as ‘the Craic’). But it’s not hard to see why. Banter is the Irish people’s way of having fun regardless of the situation. We don’t take ourselves too seriously and will always try to see the light in any situation. Banter can sometimes border on offensive, but it is always meant in a lighthearted way!
  1. Sarcasm
    Another Irish-ism that goes hand in hand with Banter that tourists are often puzzled about. It can be very difficult to determine if what an Irish person has said to you is truly meant the way it is said. 9 times out of 10 they are being Sarcastic and actually mean the complete opposite of what was said.

Do you fancy going to the gym at lunch time?’

‘Ah I do, yeah’

This means no. Makes perfect sense.

  1. Postmen

Irish postmen (that’s mailmen to some) are not like any other in the world. They are often tasked with delivering letters and packages with minimal information on them. And they almost always succeed. In rural Ireland a lot of the time the postman will know all the neighbours so not much investigating needs to be done. Often postmen have been known to correctly deliver mail with just an area and name, such as the below.

Source: Albert Doherty
Source: Albert Doherty
  1. Weather forecast reports

Irish weather is at best unpredictable. So much so, some would go as far as saying there is no need for us to have a weather forecast. As even the forecasters, cannot predict how it’ll go. But they make a wonderful effort none the less. Some of Ireland’s most watched YouTube clips are now notorious weather reports.

  1. Talking (mostly about the weather)

The Irish could talk their way out of anything if given the chance. Any opportunity to have a chat or a moan and there’s no stopping us. A particular favourite topic of Irish conversation is the weather. In awkward situations where small talk is required, you can never go wrong with mentioning the current conditions, 30 minutes of conversation will flow smoothly from there.  

  1. Mammies
    The boss, the negotiator, the dictator, the loveliest woman on earth. No one comes close in comparison to Irish mammy. She will motivate you, scare you and tease you like no other, all whilst loving you dearly.
Source: RTE
Source: RTE
  1. Hospitality
    There is a reason our hospitality industry is so successfully, and that comes down to the people. Irish friendliness is renowned around the world and that comes down to the Irish down to earth personality. We see everyone as a potential friend and therefore will treat you as one. Come on in, have a cuppa tea. 

Blog Post by Martha Fallon, Work in Ireland Program Coordinator 

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Dublin’s Best Food

  1. Fish-n-Chips

Hot, greasy and salty, this option is an Irish classic and a personal favorite. Hands-down the best fish-n-chips in Dublin is Leo Burdock’s. I am personally loyal to the original location at 2 Werburgh Street (downhill from Christ Church Cathedral, just past Lord Edward pub). This is carry-out only so I usually picnic by Dublin Castle or one of the cathedrals. However, if you want indoor seating then go for one of their newer locations: Temple Bar, Rathmines, Dundrum or The Square Tallaght.

Insider tip: The portions are huge! One order of chips will feed 2-3 people. Always ask for salt & vinegar.

Livy via flickr
Livy via flickr
  1. Avoca Cafe

More wholesome and comfortable than fish-n-chips, Avoca Cafe is the gold-standard in Irish cafe dining. Combining traditional Irish home-style cooking with more exotic fare, their seasonal menu always has something new. And the locations are beautiful! Mount Rushmore Gardens, Powerscourt Gardens, Fern House, and Avoca Village each deserve a visit in their own right – a lovely cafe is just icing on the cake.

Insider tip: For a budget-friendly meal, just order a salad and a dessert. They are to die for!

Avoca Ireland via flickr
Avoca Ireland via flickr

3. Marks and Spencers Rooftop Cafe

In the Grafton Street location of Marks and Spencers is one of Dublin’s best-kept secrets, a rooftop cafe. The views aren’t all that amazing but it’s a great spot to take a break and watch the world passing by down below on Grafton Street. Tea, cakes, and free wifi — what more do you need?

Insider tip: Downstairs in the “Food Hall” is the Marks&Sparks grocery store full of hipster goodies like pre-made meals and vegetarian sweets (Percy Pigs are the best).

  1. Farmers Markets

Every weekend Farmer’s Markets fill the parks throughout Ireland. Go in the morning for fresh veg or wander over around lunch time for street food. Nutella crepes are a childhood favorite. Some markets in the Dublin area include Christ Church Cathedral, Marley Park, Bushy Park and Dun Laoghaire. You can probably find one in your neighborhood.

Insider tip: Bring a grocery bag for fresh veg, second hand books, or locally crafted souvenirs – you won’t be leaving empty-handed.

  1. Carvery Lunch

A unique aspect of Irish pubs is their day-time business as a family-friendly restaurant. Each Sunday pubs across the nation fill up with families out for “Sunday dinner” i.e. late lunch. A carvery is a buffet-style meal where you choose from a selection of roast meats which are “carved” to order. Sides usually include boiled carrots and parsnips, sauteed cabbage, and plenty of potatoes. Pubs can gain quite a reputation for the quality of their carvery lunches so ask around to find your “local.” My old neighborhood’s best carvery lunch was The Eden (on the 16 bus route near Pearse Park).

Insider tip: Generally, the longer the line the better the food!

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Jeremy Keith via flickr

Blog Post By Rebecca Robyn Thompson, for more see:  www.yournewnormal.wordpress.com  

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