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21 kisses

The rites of passage every Irish person must go through

GAA discos, drinking down the dip, driving in a field, mass on your own…

THE DUST HAS settled since this week’s Leaving Cert results, as Ireland’s teens prepare for the next round of pain… the CAO offers.

They’re just a couple of many, many rites of passage faced by Irish youths and young adults…

Opening a Post Office account to lodge your communion spoils

The money would rest in the account for at least six or seven… days, until you grew puce with impatience and demanded to be allowed to buy a kilo of sweets with it.


Of course there were the children who managed to save their Communion money for years and actually make interest on it.

These children grew up to be the kind of people who can say no to a mini Daim bar, and bought a house at 23.

Getting chased out of a field by a bull

See also:

  • Getting chased out of a barn by a farmer
  • Getting chased out of a building site by a man in a hard hat
  • Getting chased out of a school by a caretaker

Flickr/Creative Commons/EamonCurry123

Spending your confirmation money on whatever you wanted

Who are we kidding, you couldn’t afford any of that stuff. Here, have this:

First teen disco in the GAA hall

Teachers and parents are patrolling to make sure there’s at least a foot between each couple.

There’s a table boasting bottles of Cadet Cola and bowls of Skips.

You’re wearing your good runners, and you’ve never felt more alive.

via Imgur

The first time you were allowed go to mass on your own

You were freed from the clutches of mass with your parents and trusted to go on your own, with your friends, or – the Holy Grail of masses – on Saturday evening.


The Gaeltacht

The never ending vegetable soup, the nervous, sweaty romances, the weekend visits from parents, the secret conversations in English. Good times.

Image: Flickr/Georgikeith

Drinking down the ‘nal, the dip, the park.

Don’t lie to us,. You’ve all done it.

via Wikimedia Commons

Learning to drive in a field/industrial estate

It’s hard enough to find the biting point without having to avoid ditches/cattle/wavin piping/massive trailers in the process.


21 kisses on your 21st

A chair is placed in the centre of the local GAA hall.

Your time has come.

You are forcibly seated on said chair, as drunken friends and relatives lurch towards you with their lips pursed.

Happy Birthday to you.


Going on a J1

The 72 days of drinking, getting laughed at because of your pink driving licence, and speaking more Irish than you’ve ever spoken in your life.

via Photocall Ireland

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