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Fucking hell, what did they do? It's probably the worst place I've ever set foot in, serious animal life there. (I went out with a girl from Tuam for a brief period. Her name was Joan Dolan. The sniggering was the end of it...)

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And yet another Pádraic joins the boards. *waves*

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Just you wait until Cromwell gets here.


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He's dead, surely...? My grandad danced on his tomb in Westminster.

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He's dead, surely...? My grandad danced on his tomb in Westminster.


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He's dead, surely...? My grandad danced on his tomb in Westminster.


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Fucking hell, what did they do? It's probably the worst place I've ever set foot in, serious animal life there. (I went out with a girl from Tuam for a brief period. Her name was Joan Dolan. The sniggering was the end of it...)

They were pouring cans into empty pint glasses in a pub. The one chap I knew had dreadlocks, which probly more to do with it than anything really.


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I can guarantee that they weren't the first ones to do it. Ask them what pub it was, if it was The Sportsman, I think I can understand why they got such a hostile reaction.

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Ooh, a word of Irish I actually know, I think. This is what you say when the teacher calls your name on the register, isn't it? It's like "present" or something. Pronounced like 'un-shuh', yes? There's a great Paul Muldoon poem called 'Anseo', one of my lecturers took perverse pleasure in trying to get us to read it out loud.

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Ooh, a word of Irish I actually know, I think. This is what you say when the teacher calls your name on the register, isn't it? It's like "present" or something. Pronounced like 'un-shuh', yes? There's a great Paul Muldoon poem called 'Anseo', one of my lecturers took perverse pleasure in trying to get us to read it out loud.

^ Yup! You now know about as much Irish as most Irish people. Just add some fecklessness, a dash of "ah shur it'll do" and a smidgeon of "if it wasn't for dem ..........., we'd be on de pig's back" and you could be one of us.


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Ooh, a word of Irish I actually know, I think. This is what you say when the teacher calls your name on the register, isn't it? It's like "present" or something. Pronounced like 'un-shuh', yes? There's a great Paul Muldoon poem called 'Anseo', one of my lecturers took perverse pleasure in trying to get us to read it out loud.

^ Yup! You now know about as much Irish as most Irish people. Just add some fecklessness, a dash of "ah shur it'll do" and a smidgeon of "if it wasn't for dem ..........., we'd be on de pig's back" and you could be one of us.


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Is being on the pig's back good or bad?


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It's just a way of getting around. Public transport is poor in many parts of Ireland.


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Ed Blackadder wrote:
Ooh, a word of Irish I actually know, I think. This is what you say when the teacher calls your name on the register, isn't it? It's like "present" or something. Pronounced like 'un-shuh', yes? There's a great Paul Muldoon poem called 'Anseo', one of my lecturers took perverse pleasure in trying to get us to read it out loud.

^ Yup! You now know about as much Irish as most Irish people. Just add some fecklessness, a dash of "ah shur it'll do" and a smidgeon of "if it wasn't for dem ..........., we'd be on de pig's back" and you could be one of us.


You missed out pathological parochialism, turning a blind eye to institutionalised pederasty and the phrase "I'm just after (insert something you were previously doing)".


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"Turning a blind eye to" and actually setting up state sanctioned institutions to that end, which had the tacit support of the public, are not the same thing. I don't know what pathological parochialism is.


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I don't know what pathological parochialism is.


It means Dee's lived in London for too long.


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Not just in London.

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^ Yup! You now know about as much Irish as most Irish people. Just add some fecklessness, a dash of "ah shur it'll do" and a smidgeon of "if it wasn't for dem ..........., we'd be on de pig's back" and you could be one of us.

I read an article Dara O'Briain wrote where he claimed that, because theoretically everyone should be able to speak Irish from having learned it at school, it's a legal right to have a parking ticket or suchlike served to you in Irish instead of English. So if you're in trouble, demand that the policeman does it in Irish, and chances are that he won't be able to and so will just give up. Apparently.

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I 'studied' Irish in school for 14 years and I couldn't hold a fucking remedial conversation in the language.

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"Turning a blind eye to" and actually setting up state sanctioned institutions to that end, which had the tacit support of the public, are not the same thing. I don't know what pathological parochialism is.


Irishness.

The Irish people I know (in real life) are mostly graduates and for the most part are either from Dublin or have worked or studied there and are intelligent people so you'd think they would be reasonably cosmopolitan. They still have the air of the country bumpkin that has just come to the "big city" and I'm not talking about those I know in London.

There's a sort of defiant, small town, slightly plebeian, old fashioned attitude to all of them to differing extents. They are still slightly wide eyed about sex, art, anything "different" and almost a little naive.

The other strand is the embedded regionalism, yes, the UK has the same sort of thing, I imagine all old countries do. In Ireland it seems to take place on another level, I'd meet someone from one Irish county while travelling, go to the pub with them, perhaps inevitably, meet another Irish backapcker, or several, from another. They would, often as not, start having banter about each other's counties/provinces/towns, often with a lot of knowledge, like the rivalries have been lovingly curated and almost codified.

This was very different to the British "your football team is shit" or "you shag sheep" from my Sais chums, not that it's always on that level in the UK. I was struck by how much Irish people knew about their country, Wales is sadly dissimilar, but; I was also struck how unable they were to leave their country behind. They'd talk about Ireland a lot, in any context, they seemed to be viewing the world through an "Irish filter", obviously we are all products of our background/nation but again, this seemed to be on a different level to Brits or to the other Europeans I met travelling.

I've met a small number of Irish people who don't fit into this category and have asked some of them about this and they largely agreed. You're perhaps more exceptional than most Robit, having lived a other countries, having a wife from a very different culture and studied art, though my point is, some of the people I have met could do all the same things and still be parochial.

The Irish board users here strike me as atypical, though I expect we are all atypical on here, what's interesting is the general criticism of Ireland on here, my friends would slag off almost every aspect of Irishness - Govt corruption and so on, yet still not slag off "Ireland" itself. In vaguely similar way they'll slag off most or all aspects of the Catholic Church, yet not say a bad word about the Pope.

I've met a lot of Irish people, I tended to gravitate towards them and other Europeans while travelling and avoid Brits (Sais) and I think I'm not completely talking out of my arse here. We have regionalism and parochialism aplenty in the UK, the South Wales Valleys were I'm from is backwards as fuck but it just seems to manifest differently in Ireland.


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