What do you love about Ireland?

The Irish Times asked twitterers  here’s a selection of 50 tweets in reply.

No 39 raised a smile as did a few others.

So what do you love about Ireland Sluggerites?

  • joeCanuck

    The little nod given to people in the street that you know vaguely.

  • Neil

    Best swearers on Earth.

  • JR

    I like the atmophere in the local pubs. and the healthy disregard for authority and the friend everyone seems to have that is a bit of an animal.

  • JR

    When you refer to someone as “yer man” people seem to know who you are taking about.

  • Nordie Northsider

    The way people say thanks to the driver while getting off a bus.

  • lover not a fighter

    The sense of humour we have when we enter polling stations !

  • Rory Carr

    Everything ! (Except Dublin 4 of course but then that’s not Ireland.)

  • Brian

    It’s relatively normal to go to the pub every day after work

  • pippakin

    The people and the turf fires.

  • redhugh78

    you can get ‘a nice bit of ham’

  • pippakin

    Fortunately the cheese is pretty good too.

  • Jane Jeffers

    51 spooferism
    52 tolerance of sexual abuse
    53 people pleasing
    54 all the bluffers and bullshitters

  • joeCanuck

    Bacon and sausages. Canadian versions can’t compare. Full fry too.

  • Jane Jeffers

    55 the thousand grudges inside every skull

  • South Down Stoop

    the ten-minute delay between a fire alarm going off and people actually getting concerned about a fire. (Tommy Tiernan, i know.)

  • alanmaskey

    Sally O’Brien and the way she might look at you.

  • Johnny Boy

    Soda Bread.

  • joeCanuck

    Cruit Island golf course (but give Mammy’s Boy’s hotel near the causeway a miss). Hard hat recommended.

    Otway golf course (Hard hat necessary). Try the nearby Water’s Edge Hotel in Rathmullan for a superb meal.

  • qwerty12345

    I’ll be honest, I love and hate Ireland, and maybe thats part of the general Irish disposition, and sure isnt that healthy?

    Being Irish can be very complicated, I think it gives (some of us?) a healthy disregard for easy answers.

    All that confusion aside….where else does beauty like the west of Donegal or North Antrim?

  • joeCanuck

    My goodness, my Guinness. They keep the good stuff over there and send the second rate crap overseas.

  • Dr Concitor

    Good answer qwerty. In reply to your question I would go for NW Mayo

  • the future’sbright, the future’s orange

    the border 🙂

  • pippakin

    Dr Concitor

    Good answer qwerty. In reply to your question I would go for NW Mayo


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  • fitzjameshorse1745

    1 Thinking in Gaelic (even if you cant speak a word of it) and then articulating the thought in English.

    2 Being a respectable non drinking, civilised pillar of Society who would cross the street to avoid the likes of Shane Magowan and then turning into a a near savage after listening to “Sally Mclennane, “The Sick Bed of Cuchullain etc”

    3 A lot of people dont drink alcohol (but its Irelands best kept secret)

  • The Irish know how to enjoy themselves better than any country in Europe. That is one thing the Germans will never be able to take away

  • Bungditin

    especially with all those lovely bungalows everywhere

  • qwerty12345

    What border?

  • qwerty12345

    You dont drink? that makes two of us 🙂

  • Stephen Blacker

    Black sense of humour and the ability to laugh at ourselves!

  • pippakin


    There are lovely bungalows but they a scattered about and overall add to the beauty and uniqueness that is Mayo.

  • joeCanuck

    Pippakin, are you lucky enough to be in sight of the coast?

  • joeCanuck

    Yes, Stephen, that’s a good one. Nicknames too; I first heard “hole in the wall” used over there.

  • Mil

    Irish women (well, the Irish women I’ve met …). They’re like Spanish and Croatian women (well, the Spanish and Croatian women I’ve met).

    Then there’s that awfully disconcerting mansion where half was made in the style of the husband and half in the style of the wife. Reminded me of those modern Dutch family homes where the children live in the middle and the parents each at either end.

    A magnificent recognition of how impossible it is to accurately live with another. Division made honestly – even if tragically – patent. That’s Ireland, in part – for me anyhow.

  • pinni

    What a presumptuous question!

  • pippakin


    No and I regret it! I live with a magnificent view of the Ox mountains and go to the coast as often as I can, when I win the lottery (Saturday) I will buy a house near Louisburgh. So beautiful.

    To be honest everywhere here has a rugged, drop dead gorgeous look and attitude. Its Ireland.

  • Mark

    Taking a shit reading the sunday papers .

  • joeCanuck

    Landladies like housekeeper Ms. Doyle.
    Yes, I have had the experience. One, by happenstance, knew my mother from childhood in Derry. One morning I was under the weather (;-)) and told her I didn’t want breakfast. She burst into tears and said that ” Your Mammy would never forgive me if she knew I let you out of the house without breakfast”.

  • pippakin


    There is nothing and no one more maternal than an Irish Mother. Only in Ireland.

  • latcheeco

    An craic

  • RepublicanStones

    Not sure if it only applies to the Irish sort, but why is it your mum is the only person who can spread rock hard butter straight out of the fridge onto a slice of bread without ripping it?

  • Drumlins Rock

    it is one of the great mysteries the rest of the world dosnt understand, a good proportion of Irish people dont drink!
    The funny looks I got when travelling…

  • pippakin


    This is because she knew you were on your way and made sure everything was just so. You did not know, and she would never tell you, the effort, expense and care that went into making sure it was just as you knew it would be.

  • RG Cuan

    Gaeilge. Na piontaí is fearr ar domhan. An chraic. GAA.

    translate.google.com for anybody who needs a hand.

  • White Horse

    The deep empathy and the universalism of our people that sees them make friends wherever they go.

  • wee buns

    When spontanious song erupts later in the night and between us we’ve got words for the full seven verses.

  • socaire

    an sliabh úd atá i bhfad uaim …………

  • RG Cuan

    Maith thú a Shocaire 🙂

  • qwerty12345

    Thinking about it, if you asked me what was the worst thing about Ireland I’d probably say our relationship with alcohol. It’s horrible trying to explain to foreigners that we aren’t all a bunch of piss heads.

    The historic stereotype is just that. I remember reading European consumption rates for 1970 and the Irish were drinking something like 1/3 or 1/4 of what the French and Italians were. Look at us now, up at the top of the list somewhere.

    Im not terribly religious but where did all the pioneers and temperance folk go?


    makes for some shocking reading

  • The Third Policeman

    Wakes. Surely the best way of dealing with death in the developed world. An unappreciated institution.

    The GAA, especially club matches. No matter what the tiny minority of naysayers and begrudgers say (and they really are a tiny minority), its one hell of a sporting establishment.

    Our twisted and crooked history. At times its had us over a barrel but by George its interesting and we wouldn’t be the same without it.

    Pippin hot tay, soda farls and prátaí bread.

    And of course, Protestants, God love them, they’ve given us Yeats, Wolfe Tone and George Best.

  • RepublicanStones

    They also gave us the Black Stuff…didn’t they?

  • francesco

    those loving knackers outside the betting shop on pearse street, not to mention the widow scallan rip..

  • Dr Concitor

    An ability to laugh at ourselves for example ; An Béal Bocht – Myles na gCopaleen.

  • pippakin


    Sléibhte chomh fada agus is féidir leis an tsúil a fheiceáil

  • sammymehaffey

    Has it improved recently? last I heard it was terrible.

  • sammymehaffey

    Ross O’Caroll Kelly
    And the view from my bedroom window at Malin Head over Glashedy Rock

  • sammymehaffey

    And Ballyliffin golf course on a calm day – once a year!

  • Rory Carr

    “The ideal Ireland that we would have, the Ireland that we dreamed of, would be the home of a people who valued material wealth only as a basis for right living, of a people who, satisfied with frugal comfort, devoted their leisure to the things of the spirit – a land whose countryside would be bright with cosy homesteads, whose fields and villages would be joyous with the sounds of industry, with the romping of sturdy children, the contest of athletic youths and the laughter of happy maidens, whose firesides would be forums for the wisdom of serene old age. The home, in short, of a people living the life that God desires that men should live.”

    Sounds lovely. Can’t wait to go there and find it.

  • Rory Carr

    At least Dev’s successors have made a good start on getting the people used to frugality. Now if only they can get them to be comfortable with that frugality in time for the next election….

  • joeCanuck

    Don’t know, Sammy. It’s about 6 years since I played either course. As usual, depends on the weather. A local told me a few years ago that it never really rains in Donegal, just an occasional shower. Mind you we were chatting in the pub in Glen and he seemed to be in a jolly mood.

  • sammymehaffey

    I am convinced there is a micro climate around Malin Head. In the summer of 2009 there was hardly any rain in July and august

  • alex benjamin

    – the smell of turf

    – how you can sit on your own in a pub and it feels normal

    – frosty mornings in Fermanagh

    -really nice milk

    -tayto mighty munch and snax


    -how ‘feck’ is somehow acceptable language

    -chinese people speaking in irish accents

    -the Irish Times

    -how the news starts on RTE at one minute past six

    -how ‘aww now’ is filler for any conversation

    -that santa is called santie

    -that grown people still wont smoke in front of their parents

  • joeCanuck

    Oops, Sammy. Maybe you were asking about the Water’s Edge. Again, it’s been about 6 years. I’ve had a few great meals there but it depends a lot on the chef.

  • Stephen Ferguson

    Should the GAA’s links to the IRA, INLA and Sinn Fein be ignored?

  • JaneJeffers

    Ireland has one of the highest proportions of people that dont drink in the western world — 24% I think.

  • USA

    Glens of Antrim
    Duke of York pub in Belfast
    Fish and Chips
    Match of the Day
    More pubs

  • JJ Malloy

    They probably have had to give it up as it was ruining their life or saw it ruin someone close to them.

    Other than that no reason not to drink, especially now