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11 ways to tell if you're Irish... according to you

From funerals, to wooden spoons, to flat 7UP. You know you’re Irish when…

IS IT THE red hair? The ringlets? The giant green floppy hats and happy-go-lucky attitudes, combined with fiery tempers?

Well, it could even be a combination of all three. But there’s definitely something that sets Irish people apart. Earlier this week we posted Clisare’s video ‘How You Know You’re Irish’, and it generated quite the discussion.

So without further ado, here are the best responses. It’s How You Know You’re Irish: Crowdsourced Edition.

Want to add more suggestions? Use the comments below or tweet @dailyedge with the hashtag #youreirishwhen…


U know you’re Irish when you’re still afraid of the wooden spoon

Briain O’Dochartaigh


You know your Irish when you come in from the beach scalded and finally realise that the Factor 50 everyone was talking about wasn’t a nightclub!!!!

Sean Kelleher


You know your Irish when you have the craic at a funeral and it leads to a session!!
…provided the person has lived to be a “good age”.

Ryan’O and Jason Walsh


Drinking boiled/flat 7 up anytime you’re sick….it cures everything don’t ya know!

Eimear Smith


You know you’re Irish when there are a load of people in a tiny kitchen and not a sinner in the living room..and the front door (in the country) is only used to welcome home/say goodbye to the family who come home from London for the obligatory ‘summer’ holiday.

Aidan Clarke


You know you’re Irish when you ask someone: “Are you goin’ out, or are you goin’ *out* out”.



you know your irish when bosco taught you to count

Stephen Kane


You know you’re irish when you call a cupboard “the press”

Fon Ellard


When you go for the “messages” instead of the shopping

John Ó’Ríordán


You know you are Irish when you have a good front room that nobody is allowed use.

John Cotter


To be truly Irish? Question whether you squeezed the teabag or not.

Eoghan Wallace

VIDEO: How You Know You’re Irish>

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