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13 unmistakeable signs you grew up in small-town Ireland

You going down the canal later?

1. You spent endless evenings hanging around in exactly the same place

Going down the canal later? Dunno, maybe.

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2. You felt the pain of having to get lifts everywhere until age 17

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3. Your town had a weirdly specific festival

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4. And a single hairdresser with a pun for a name

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5. You remember looking out for people at Mass, and then talking about who you saw in the car on the way home

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6. You knew where to meet people for the shift

As long as someone else wasn’t using it already.

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7. You knew every single toy/magazine/cassette available in each of the local shops

And precisely what your allowance/car-wash earnings would buy you in each of them.

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8. Your family had a nickname

To distinguish them from the other family with the same surname.

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9. Everyone knew precisely which pub would serve you underage

(Or whose brother can get you a fake ID.)

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10. Everyone in the town knew exactly what you were up to at all times

And probably still does.

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11. You were identified by your relations

You were (and will always be) Mary’s young one, or the little fella of Pat’s middle one.

If people aren’t sure, they may ask…

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12. You’ve passed somebody in a totally different place who you haven’t seen for years, and known immediately they’re from your town

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13. And finally, your mother still insists on telling you the local scandal at length, even though you moved away years ago

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