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19 milestones in every Irish Hailo journey

You know it’s my saving graaaaace.


TODAY HAILO IRELAND celebrates its third birthday.

The hugely popular app has gotten countless people out of so many binds; late for work, late for dinner, no change, can’t flag a taxi home, too lazy to walk down to the main road etc etc.

To say ‘Happy Birthday’ we’ve put together the 19 milestones everyone will recognise when they’re Hailo-ing on a night out…

8.42pm “Shite, we’re late, we were supposed to be there at half eight”

8.43pm “Right, one more drink and then we’ll definitely go. Sure there’ll be nobody there yet”

Drink Recipes Here! Read Me! Woot! Woot! Photo sucks, but screw the photo! Source: bloody marty mix

9.06pm “CHRIST we’re mad late. I’ll Hailo”

9.07pm Try to make Hailo understand you’re at 36 St James’ Road, not in the middle of the pond 200 metres away. Snigger when it tells you you can “get a ride in four minutes”

9.08pm Finally make Hailo understand. Announce driver’s name to the group, with glee. “STEFAN. HE’LL BE HERE IN FOUR MINUTES”.

9.08.30pm ”Loads of time” “Finish that drink there” “Where’s my bag?” “I’ve no change, now, I’ve only a fifty” “It’s grand sure it’s on the card”

visa-debit-card-name Source: Aib

9.09pm Nobody makes any move towards getting ready

9.14pm Taxi has been four minutes away for six minutes

9.15pm Consider the fact that Hailo driver has somehow discovered a hole in the space time continuum, where four minutes and seven minutes means the same thing

9.16pm *DING* Your Hailo has arrived, somehow covering six minutes worth of ground in 30 seconds

9.17pmFrantically scrabble around looking for shoes. Start to sweat.


Keys Source: Moyan_Brenn

9.19pm Locate keys in own hand. Fall out front door.

9.20pm Have conversation with driver about how long you’ve been using Hailo, agree that yes it IS dead handy, ask him/her is it not a pain not getting the cash straight away, nod sagely and agree that yes it IS much of a muchness

9.21pm Toto’a Africa comes on Q102. Ask taxi driver to turn up radio. Bellow along to the bits you all know


9.23pm Arrive at destination

9.24pm ”No no it’s GRAND Mairead, sure it’s on the card. Get me a drink when I get in there”.

9.29pm Resign yourself to fact that you will never see that money again and Mairead and the gang have forgotten all about you, but sure it’s free money. It’s on the card

12.45pm, next day Check emails. Another Hailo receipt. Close your eyes and think of curry chips. Lie dead still until Just Eat opens.


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Emer McLysaght

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