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11 things Irish people in Canada want you to know

So we can skip the questions at Christmas.

1. “Yes, they actually sell milk in bags over here”

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They also sell milk in cartons so it’s not all bad.

2. “Not everyone here speaks French, we’re grand”

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We don’t have to unleash the basic Leaving Cert French unless we’re in Quebec. Don’t be worrying.

3. “Yes, the winters can be mind-numbingly cold (which is why ridiculous hats are sometimes necessary)”

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Irish winters don’t compare.

4. “But they’re prepared for that sh*t – they have underground shopping centres and jackets as warm as blankets”

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In Ireland, snow = chaos.

Not in Canada.

5. “Poutine looks disgusting, yes, but you have to try it before you’re allowed to criticise”

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Every Irish person starts out wary, but then they try it. We don’t want any anti-poutine chat from Ireland until you have at least sampled the stuff.

6. “Gaffs over here come with next to no furniture – so that’s why it looks like we moved into an empty box”

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7. “Sure, you can buy maple most places, but all food does not come swamped in the stuff”

8. “These lads do not patrol the streets of every major city”

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It’s not like they’re arresting you for jaywalking on the streets of Toronto in the full kit.

9. “You know Tim Hortons back home? It’s a matter of life and death here”

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They might be in a few Spars back in Ireland, but words can’t describe Canadian’s love of Timmy’s.

10. “Things cost a sh*tload over here – and tipping can ruin us on a night out”

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Like, seriously.

11. “And finally… cherish the fact that tax doesn’t get added to things in Ireland after you’ve read the price tag”

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“Oh, great! It’s only $2! I have a $2 coin right here!”


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