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25 Ways You Can Tell That You're Irish

By AmyBell

August 26, 2017 at 11:52am


There are tell tale signs that makes someone typically Irish.

The accent may give it away but it's the little niches and notions that we all have that makes us well, Irish.

We're a breed of our own and there are many-a-things that make us unique.

Here are 25 ways when you know you're truly Irish...

1. Tea solves all of your problems

If you have an issue, you're stressed or need a chat. 

The answer is tea. It feels like having a good cuppa helps you solve all problems in your life. Nothing beats a good cup of Lyons tea with a few chocolate digestives to relax. Maybe things aren't as bad as you think...

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2. You're always 'grand'

Your automatic response whenever someone asks you how you are. It's grand. You may feel like the world is falling down around you but you still say you're grand. I guess we never really say how we feel a lot of the time. 

Everything is just grand (or it will be grand).

3. You wouldn't dare leave the immersion on...ever

The actual fear you would feel when you forgot to turn off the immersion when your Mam asked you when you were a kid. There was nothing worse. 

Do you actually know how much it'll cost to keep it on? 

There was no pocket money for you that week. Nowadays you worry that it's turned off in your own home because you pay the bills.

4. Your Granny lit a candle for you whenever you had exams

So, you didn't study much for that test. You're definitely going to fail. You can feel it. But then you heard that Granny lit a candle for you in church. It was always a sign to bring you good luck. You would be grand once one was lit. It gave you that bit of reassurance.

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5. A proper dinner is one of potatoes

Potatoes were (and still most of the time to this day) THE staple Irish food to have with dinner. It would be chicken and potatoes, sausages, beans and potatoes. Potatoes everywhere. It wasn't really a proper dinner unless you had a big scoop of potatoes somewhere on your plate.

6. When you had friends over your Mam always offered them food

It's a very typical Irish Mammy thing to do when you have friends over. It was all hands on deck. Your mother would be in the kitchen cooking up a storm or she would get the best biscuits and bars out so they could have some. It was a feast.

7. were always offered a cup of tea

It was the same when it came to a cup of tea. Your Mammy would turn into Mrs. Doyle from Father Ted and you would almost feel guilty if you went to someone's house and didn't take a cuppa. It's common courtesy.

8. Flat 7up cures all illnesses

When you got hit with the flu, a cold, a vomiting bug or simply anything. The cure? Sure it's just having some flat or boiled 7up. It didn't taste so nice but you thought if you drank it, it would help settle your stomach and make you feel better. There was simply no questioning it.

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9. Your mother would never let you leave the house without your jacket

'You'll catch your death!' was the expression many of us have heard so many times. 

You needed to bring a jacket out 'just in case' every time you left the house. It might rain. It might get cold. You always knew you had to bring it no matter how sunny it was. Now you probably do the same with your kids.

10. You have an array of cousins

Irish families can be big. You end up having cousins and extended cousins pretty much everywhere. You would see them once in a blue moon at a wedding or funeral of the family. Some you didn't even know existed. How many do you actually have!?

11. You pray to St. Anthony whenever you lose something

Lost your car keys? You pray to St. Anthony. Lost your mother's necklace? Pray to St. Anthony. Pretty much every occasion that you misplace something you would pray to St. Anthony that it would turn up. If you did you swore you would put a fiver in the collection at mass. You were never so happy when you found something.

12. You say 'bye, bye, bye, bye' at the end of every phone call

It's never one goodbye, it's several. We are a nation known for saying bye at least 10 times when getting off the phone to someone. 

It's very hard not to!

13. You can give directions based on where it is to a certain pub

Whenever someone asks you for directions you almost always say where it is in relation to a pub. 'Once you pass McMahon's it's on your right there.

We guess us Irish are known for liking the 'ol drink or two.

14. You would be in trouble when your Gran found out you really didn't go to mass like you said

Most grandparents always went to church back in the day (and they still continue the tradition). They would encourage you from a young age (or even bring you along themselves) to go to church and pray. They expected you to go every Sunday and it was the norm but if you missed a week you knew you were in trouble. You couldn't face lying to your Granny. You'd try to pretend, but she definitely knew.

15. When someone asks you about your outfit you say '€5, Penneys!'

Whenever someone compliments an Irish person they always get a quick 'thanks' and then told where exactly they got it. If it was a bargain sure you'd hear the price as well. 

We're not really good at taking compliments, are we?

16. Towels and sheets were and are always stored in your hot-press

There was nothing like getting a new towel when you went to have a bath from the hot-press. It was warm and perfect in every way. Some still store their towels there. When it came to changing your bed sure the sheets were in the hot-press. 

You knew you would have a great, toasty sleep.

17. Funerals can sometimes be better craic than a wedding

Everyone and I mean everyone would turn up to an Irish funeral. It was and still is a great social event where you meet cousins and family you haven't seen in years. You would all hit the pub afterwards, have some soup and sandwiches (or a nice hot meal) before reaching for the alcohol. It is a great social event.

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18. Your paleness attracts stares

Non Irish people cannot get over how pale we are. Our skin isn't really cut out for the sun and we usually tend to burn. If we're on a holiday abroad in a hot country our paleness is always bound to stand out.

19. You grew up watching Winning Streak with your parents every Saturday

It was the norm to watch Winning Streak in my house every Saturday evening. You would hope and pray that your 3 stars would come out and you'd be on the show (we still do). 

If someone you knew was on it, sure you'd have to go along or tune in to watch it. 

We all would love a bit of extra money.

20. You more than likely got shocked by an electric fence at one point in your life

Growing up in Ireland a lot of us would have lived in the countryside or had friends who lived there and you would visit. We would always be tempted to touch an electric fence. It would be for the 'craic'. It was the most exciting and scary thing you probably have ever done (or will do).

21. You always included 'go tobann!' in every single Irish essay.

There's nothing better than creating a sense of surprise when it came to writing a good essay 'as gaeilge' in school. You really wanted to shock your teacher or examiner.

22. You use Father Ted quotes...a lot

It was probably one of the greatest shows. And it was so typically Irish. We all loved it and still do. We tend to use references, quotes or talk about it in everyday life every now and again.

23. You thank bus drivers all the time

It's a very Irish thing to thank bus drivers whenever you get off. You don't really see it all the time in other countries, but here it's common courtesy and something that just rolls off your tongue. We don't even think about it anymore.

24. People always stop and ask you for directions

Especially if you're in a popular tourist spot. You get asked non-stop where places are. It's like your a magnet for attracting attention for directions. Sure we're always glad to help.

25. You do something 'just for the craic!'

This is probably the most Irish thing of all. Sure we all just do something for the 'craic' and it is bound to turn into a great story you'll always tell. 

Sure we're all only 'madt'.

Do you relate to any of these? Let us know!

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