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15 simple but distinctly Irish pleasures

Day makers, the whole lot of them.

IT DOESN’T TAKE a lot to make us happy, but this lot will do the trick.

1. Begrudging

A little chat about how Siobhan down the road has gotten completely above her station is akin to six months professional therapy in terms of destressing.


2. Catching the offo at 9.59pm

Sweet, sweet victory.

Off_Licence_Grange Source: Ryanssupervalu


3. Getting a ‘phantom bus’

This is the utter joy when a bus arrives even though it’s not due for 20 minutes on the digital timetable.

hes8a Source: desomurchu

4. Speaking of buses, sitting upstairs in a packed bus while people keep walking by you to get to the back

Don’t sit beside me, don’t sit beside me, YES. You’d be kind of offended if you weren’t so delighted.

Or even better yet, this:

busseats-630x472 Source: Thejournal

5. Getting a discount in Penneys

It’s almost like they’re paying YOU to take it.

penneysbargain1-517x500 Source: Sarah Doran

6. A nice new road

Whether it’s covering over a few potholes, or the opening of the Newlands cross flyover, you’ll jump out of bed to get a proper go on it before work.

Maynooth - A University Town Located In County Kildare Source: infomatique

7. When a politician does something silly

Look at them there. Look at the state of them. The big eejit.


8. When it doesn’t rain on the washing

Bonus points if it starts to bucket down just as you finish taking them in.


9. Changing your NCT disc after finally passing

You’re sitting there just knowing it’s not gonna pass, but it DOES. Did they even check it at all?

You’ll be so happy you’ll want to eat the old one.


10. Finding an ATM that gives €10 notes

So rare, so coveted.

10 euros Source: stvcr

11. Being asked for your Dunnes card, boots card without having to bring it up

… and when you have enough to buy something with the points. Jackpot.

advantage-card Source: Wordpress

12. Nailing the perfect compliment deflection

The perfect one is self-deprecating but doesn’t deny the compliment you are secretly basking in.


13. The waiter asks if everything is OK just AFTER you swallow

Grand, thanks.


14. When you go shopping just in time for Tesco and Marks and Spencer discounts

You feel like you’ve cheated the system, every time.

2010-12-01-18-07-49 Source: samwaysblog

15. When someone at the pub buys crisps and opens them up for the table

Hell. Yes.

989536766_2501964db6-2 Source: Jana Mills

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