The Emerald Isle was first named in a poem by Belfast born William Drennan. Drennan did believe in Irish independence but he was also a great pacifist and parted ways when the rebellion became violent. It is a defining characteristic of Ireland that the perennial rainfall and Irish mist give the lush green landscape its 40 shades of green which were sung about by Johnny Cash. When you visit Dublin there are things you should not do and this list will help a little, so here are my 15 Dublin Don’ts.
15 Dublin Don’ts – Things not to do in Dublin
1 Don’t expect to drink all night. The majority of pubs close at 11:30 on weeknights and 1 am on the weekend.
2. Don’t call an Irish man or woman, British or English this will cause great insult.
3. Don’t attend the St.Patrick’s Day Parade celebrations in the evening, unless you are really into very drunk people getting drunker and vomiting in the streets.
4. Don’t expect an “authentic” trad music session, these do not spontaneously drop from the skies you will be subjected to a canned version in most pubs. So choose carefully.
5. Don’t attempt to imitate an Irish accent, unless you have it down you will be thrown out of the pub.
6. Don’t not pay for a round in the pub when out with a group, this is just downright rude. It doesn’t matter if there are 12 people in the group a round is a round.
7. Don’t drive in Dublin the traffic is horrendous and those roundabouts are killers, and of course they drive on the wrong side of the road.
8. Don’t expect the Irish not to take the piss. In other words if an Irishman is not making fun of you they don’t like you.
9. Don’t go to Temple Bar for “authentic” Irish drinking experiences this is not the place, it is full of young trendy and the tourists particularly when the sun goes down, avoid it at night.
10. Don’t pay for Museum entry, most of Dublin’s Museums are free of charge.
11. Don’t expect to see much of the Book of Kells, they only turn over 2 pages a day and it may not be the illuminated pages you see.
12. Don’t cross the street without looking the right way (or the leftway) first, most streets are marked on the road which way to look – pay attention.
13. Don’t expect table service and a bill in the pub, you pay for your drinks, that you order at the bar, one at a time when you order. Pubs with food expect you to go to the bar, grab a menu, when you are ready you go up to the bar, tell them your table number and order.
14. Don’t tip in a pub, generally speaking the accepted “tip” is to hand over enough to buy a drink and say “have one yourself”.
15. Don’t be surprised by the use of swear words, you will hear every kind of them around Dublin and a lot of them.
The Irish have certain “quirks” that sometimes puzzle North Americans, from the language, which includes many sayings and phrasings that have their roots in both Celtic and colonial history. You will hear a great deal of swearing in Ireland that you don’t run across in North America or the rest of Europe for that matter. The Irish have no filters in that regard. The “craic” which is a tenet of Irish society means to search out the good times and enjoy them whole-heartedly. Other phrases you will hear are “yer man” and “yer other” which simply indicate him or her. The Irish are a naturally friendly and gregarious people who love to chat and for this reason you will see that many pubs are not set up with TV’s and loud music, the Irish believe that a visit to the pub is a chance to see what is happening in the community, converse with old friends and new and simply meet people.
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