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8 things anyone who has lived in a Celtic Tiger apartment will understand

Storage heaters and paper-thin walls.

1. Walls approximately the thickness of origami paper

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2. The utter impossibility of controlling these heaters


What do all the dials do? Here’s the thing: NOBODY KNOWS.

3. Having to keep your mop and bucket in the corridor

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Because there is literally no space for it. Or anything else.

4. The mysterious nationwide shortage of hooks to hang things on

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So you have to get those plastic ones that go over the top of the door.

5. The unique feel of plastic leather furniture

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Every. Single. Thing. I mean, come on. Do you need to wipe the sofa down that often?

6. Suffering the tyranny of the immersion heater

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Could we not get a little central heating in here? Or at least a timer? No, of course we couldn’t.

7. Trying to cook in a kitchen the size of the average cat bed

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I’ll just put this pan here… and this one here… and this plate of vegetables in the sink…

8. And finally, the joy of finding mysterious stains left by previous tenants

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And you KNOW the things that have happened on your mattress. You try not to think about them, but you KNOW.

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