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16 memories anyone who went on a package holiday as a child will have

The silent competition between the Irish kids and the English kids.

1. You always ended up making friends with Brits at the swimming pool

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That’s if they didn’t automatically try and bully you for being Irish. They probably made fun of your accent but you were just as fascinated by how they sounded just like Coronation Street characters.

2. Joining a kids club where you wore a yellow t shirt and for some reason were made to perform dances to The Ketchup Song

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It’s hard to believe the lyrics are not “I said a hey ha hey the hebby to the hebby” but actually:

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Which, if you’re curious, means nothing at all. It’s inspired by the song Rapper’s Delight by The Sugarhill Gang which all makes complete sense now that we’ve typed out the words “I said a hey ha hey the hebby to the hebby” for the first time.

3. Begging your parents to buy you some kind of inflatable pool toy

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It made no sense whatsoever. It was bulky. Would probably cause fights at the pool. Definitely overpriced for something that would ultimately be left behind because there is nothing you could possibly use this for at home. Usually there was some kind of compromise.

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 4. Knowing that getting out of the pool meant getting more sun cream applied

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And deliberately staying in the pool for five hours at a time to avoid putting on more sun cream.

5. Watching the entertainment provided by the hotel

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It was ALWAYS parrots on bicycles. Where did they get all of the parrots and tiny bicycles from?

6. Your parents either got extremely annoyed or extremely competitive with the practice of putting a towel on a sun lounger early in the morning

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There are people who respect that a towel on a chair means it’s occupied (even if it’s untouched for 6 hours) then there are people who will not be afraid to throw a towel aside and deal with some woman from Birmingham or Devon coming out to start on them by the pool for taking her seat.

7. Your dad wore/made you wear a GAA jersey

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Was this to make Irish friends? To scare the Brits away? Who knows. But some dads found it essential to pack their GAA jerseys.

8. Getting your hair braided

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And subsequently getting head lice.

9. Buying fake Pokémon cards

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Will anyone in school add 2 and 2 together and realise the truth when you come back from holidays with a load of new Pokémon cards? Hopefully not.

10. Either loving or hating Irish bars

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There is a very strong argument for the “Why even go on holidays if you just want to sit in a pub designed to look exactly like the pubs at home?”. A very, very strong argument.

11. Playing a lot of snooker/pool

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This is just what people did before the internet. Now we just play 8 Ball Pool on our phones when we’re bored.

12. Sitting around watching your family drink

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It’s their holiday too so they deserve a drink but it does get boring. You can always refer back to number 11 with some of the English children if you are too bored.

13.  Or alternatively you sat with them drinking those cocktails for kids

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They had no alcohol, sugar around the rim of the glass and were sickeningly sweet. Very appealing to an eleven year old but quite gross now.

14. Being very impressed with the snack offerings on holidays

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Lays had so many better flavours than Walkers. Oreos before Oreos existed in Ireland. Those Nutella Go things that had a built in mango juice and straw.

15. Sitting under umbrellas sponsored by soft drinks companies

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Nothing says holidays as much as sitting under a Lipton umbrella.

16. The clothes

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Fringed t shirts to compliment your braided hair.

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