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11 guilty pleasures all Irish people indulge in

Admit it.

1. Having a good ol’ gossip sesh

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“Do you know Maria Murphy?”

“No, but that doesn’t matter, please continue.”


2. Watching The Late Late Show… even if it’s just to slag it

Fact: no person has ever willingly admitted to watching The Late Late Show and yet hundreds of thousands of people watch it every week.

3. Getting emotionally invested in Eurovision

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We know it’s futile, but we can’t help but think “This might be our year!” whenever Eurovision rolls around.

And when we don’t do well? “It’s all political anyway…”

4. Keeping up with this couple’s romantic exploits

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Oh, you love it.

5. Jedward

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Sure, they might be very hyper, but they’re one of us. Or two of us. Whatever, you get the picture.

6. Not being generous when you buy crisps in the pub and not giving a damn

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*horses into crisps*

7. Sneakily tuning into Winning Streak

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Even if it’s just to make comments about how “your man looks like he still has his communion money”.

8. Going to Copper’s

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You always say you won’t go there and then 2am arrives…

9. Watching American films set in Ireland just so you can scoff at them


Pffft, Circle of Friends.

*cancels plan and stays in to watch it*

10. Good old-fashioned begrudgery

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Ah, that most Irish of pursuits.

Once someone gets even a tiny bit successful, we’ll always be there to take them down a peg and call them a “pox” behind their backs.

11. Celebrating Paddy’s Day


March 16th: “Ugh, I hate Paddy’s Day. It’s such a nightmare, ugh.”


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Amy O'Connor

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