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nation of moaners

18 things Irish people just love to moan about

The weather, weak tea, The Late Late Show — the list goes on.

1. The quality of guests on The Late Late Show versus guests on The Graham Norton Show




2. British media claiming Irish celebrities as their own

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3. The fact that the song (read: absolute banger) from the Eir ad is now constantly stuck in your head

4. People not standing their round in the pub

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“Oh Sean? I was once out with him seven years ago and he didn’t buy a round. I’ve never forgotten.”

“Stingy bastard.”

5. Anyone perceived to “love him/herself”

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If there’s anything Irish people can agree on, it’s that we can’t stand people who love themselves.

6. Anyone perceived to be “up him/herself”

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Irish person #1: “She’s so up herself.”


7. The fact that we never have a white Christmas

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8. Until we do get snow in December, that is, and we quickly become snow’s greatest critics

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“I HATE THE SNOW, I WISH IT WOULD HEAD OFF” – You, after it snows and your bus is delayed by 10 minutes.

9. Public transport acting the maggot

Don’t get us started on any of the following:

  1. Having to stand on a train
  2. Dublin Bus not arriving when it says it will on the app
  3. Bus fares going up

10. Things not being open on Good Friday

“Bad Friday”.

11. U2 doing pretty much anything

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How dare they give us a free album! And why are they only playing four dates in Ireland?

12. The weather

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When it’s sunny: “It’s just too close. We could do with a drop of rain.”

When it’s raining: “I AM EMIGRATING.”

13.  Bad Irish accents in films

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If you’re an actor and you do a bad Irish accent in a film, we will never let you live it down. (Just ask the cast of Far and Away.)

14. The Modh Coinníolach

You haven’t studied it in 13 years, but the mere mention of the conditional tense is enough to fill you with righteous rage and anger.

15. That shower over in Kildare Street

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That shower? Don’t get us started on that shower.

16. Weak tea

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If you serve us weak tea, there will be hell to pay.

17. Ryanair

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You: “I’m never flying Ryanair again. No way. It’s not worth it. I’m starting a boycott.”

*e-mail arrives with subject line “Ryanair Seat Sale!”

You: “I’m going to Copenhagen!!!”

And the circle continues…

18. And finally… people love to moan about how we’re a nation of moaners

Oh, the irony.

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