25 things that are uniquely Irish (even if they came from someplace else they are now Irish). Foods, sayings and things you will only hear in Ireland.
- The press – Is the cupboard where you store your food.
2. Yer man – or yer woman, a saying that is heard all over Ireland.
3. Butter – not doubt about it in Ireland Kerrygold is the brand to buy but all Irish butter is better. It’s so good you can slather it on your hand and eat it.
4. Rashers – bacon but not just bacon Irish heavenly bacon, beautifully brined pure pork loin, this is not your average streaky bacon like North Americans are used to.
5. Tea – it must be tea, not many Irish homes have coffee makers but all have several teapots the preferred brands in Ireland Bewley’s, Barry’s, and Lyon’s. Tea is served very hot from the pot and milk and sugar are always added. Ice tea is available but unheard of in any restaurant.
6. Hot water immersions – these are used to provide the home with hot water, many folks turn them off and on when required so you may find yourself washing dishes with cold water or even a brisk cold shower if you forget to turn on the immersion.
7. Swearing – remarkably it seems that everyone swears here, from the youngest to the oldest.
8. The craic – the party no other explanation needed except that the Irish find the craic everywhere.
9. Diddly I di – traditional music also known as Trad, but the Irish who do love trad music tend to take the piss and call it the diddly I di.
10. The guard – also known as the Guarda or the Police.
11. Text alert areas – a cool idea which puts everyone’s cell number on a text alert so they can develop a phone tree when they spot trouble or unknowns in rural areas.
12. Petrol one kind and diesel – there is only one kind of gas (petrol) in Ireland and it is unleaded the other is diesel there are no grades of gas for sale. (You can even get a full Irish at several petrol stations such as the Apple Green).
13. Tipping is an interesting subject here. Check for service charge in restaurants – in many areas the tip is already included in the bill so check before double tipping. Ireland is not a tipping culture in many places although in Dublin it is slightly different
14. Tayto sambo – the best sandwich in the world plain white pan bread slathered with butter en
closing crispy cheese and onion chips (crisps as they are known here). According to the Irish Mirror the sambos are now so popular they are now served on Aer Lingus.
15. Irish Bread:
Pan bread – also known as batch loaf, there are no crusty sides as the bread sticks together in the “pan” and it is taller than N. American breads.
Soda bread – the rise in soda bread is due to the use of baking soda a traditional quick bread.
Potato Pancakes – traditional
eaten at breakfast also known as: fadge, farls, boxty and pounds. A portion of the flour is replaced with leftover mashed potatoes or grated fresh potatoes.
Barmbrack – a yeasted bread that is sweet and has currants and sultanas in it.
Waterford blaa – only in Waterford do you find this traditional soft white bun or bap with its floury coating. The Blaa is now a Protected Designation of Origin (PDO) product along with items like Champagne.
Brown bread – pretty much everywhere you will see homemade brown bread served – it is a non yeast moist brown bread that tastes superb with anything and everything also known as Wheaten bread fantastic served with smoked salmon.
16. Minerals – in North America; pop, soft drinks, cola, sodas.
17. “I will yeah” – it really means I won’t so listen carefully to when the Irish are talking you have to learn to interpret
18. Slagging off – if the Irish don’t insult you then move on you know they like you when you get teased, tormented and they take the piss.
19. Taking the piss – is making fun of someone getting pissed is getting drunk not angry. If you want some craic in the pub be prepared to have the “piss” taken out of you in other words you will be insulted, teased, made fun of and if you can’t give as good as you get you might as well leave.
20. “Arsed” – as in can’t be arsed or bothered.
21. “Away with the fairies” – as in he’s away with the fairies or not quite all there.
22. “Are you wid me now?” – as in do you understand
23. Full Irish is the full breakfast served everywhere (including petrol stations) and includes: bacon, farls, baked beans, grilled tomato, black and possibly white pudding, sausages, eggs and of course the obligatory mug of tea. (more on the full Irish here)
24. Accents: Doesn’t matter where you go you will hear a wide variety of Irish accents. Some say Donegal is the most difficult to understand, that’s probably because they are a dominantly gaeltacht region.
25. The Irish Wake is still a common occurrence here. In Ireland the body is laid out in the family home for 3 days before being buried. Most wakes bring out the whole village or area and there are signs on the roads to drive with care past a Wake House.
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