Fear not! You can watch the Toy show in Canada!! 


It’s a time honoured tradition and the start of the Christmas festivities for most of us, and just because your not at home with your family doesn’t mean you have to miss out! 

Which is where the RTÉ Player comes in. Bosses behind the show have informed the public that it is available through various platforms, saying: ‘The Late Late Toy Show is coming to RTÉ One and on RTÉ Player, live and on-demand, this Friday from 9:35pm (Irish Time).

On demand….so no need to skip out of work early to catch it on Irish time (ahem Kate!!)

“With viewers in over 100 countries around the world primed to watch the show, tell your friends and family abroad they need not miss out as The Late Late Toy Show 

This is the links you need – https://www.rte.ie/player/ie/live/8/

https://bit.ly/RTE-One-Live 

Host Ryan Tubridy is hugely excited about this year’s show! 

He said: ‘One of the many great things about The Late Late Toy Show is that it is still one of those rare TV events where practically the entire country sits down to collectively enjoy it.’
Even better,’ he continued, ‘Irish people – and their friends – around the world get to watch along at the same time. People watched in 103 countries around the world last year.

‘For that couple of hours on a Friday night we are all connected by the madness that is this utterly unique show.
‘We have something very special planned this year and I think it is going to make a lot of people smile, no matter where they are in the world.’

Enjoy the show folks, we have the snacks in and the tree waiting to go up on time for Friday S xx

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Paddy Box….Yes please?! 

One of the things that often comes up when a group of Irish expats get together is the chat of what we miss from home. Obviously there’s the big ones like family and friends but inevitably food will come up….for me it’s a Curley Wurley and Pickled Onion Monster Munch. 

Care Packages are always one of the best things to receive in the post, especially if your spending Christmas away from home. Your mam has definitely sent you a care package or two, and we know that serious effort goes into each item chosen. These items are sourced from all over and not only does she spend a fortune, but then posting the bloody thing would near break the bank!! 

Cue one of the best ideas I’ve seen in a long time, The Paddy Box….. these lads had the brainwave after seeing friends and family emigrating over the years! 

Each care package comes with 10 different goodies from home! You can also include a personal note which is then shipped ‘with Grá’ to anywhere on the world. 

Boxes start at €49.95 or CA$75.2 – €59.95 or CA$90.2 

If you want a Paddy Box in time for Christmas,( tell your ma) it needs to be ordered by 11th of December or for express delivery 20th of December

There’s a choice of classic Irish favourites like Barry’s tea, Tayto crisps, McDonnell’s Curry sauce and Cadbury’s chocolate, and more! 

Drop some major hints to your ma, by tagging her in this post and sure if she doesn’t get it, go’on order one for yourself       S xx

Ireland is……

“Ireland is…”, a collaborative poem performed by people in Ireland and around the world in aid of Focus Ireland.

On December 5th, Members of a popular Irish Facebook forum (omgwaca) were asked to submit lines about what Ireland means to them, and the most popular submissions were collated into a poem by Aidan Strangeman. Other members (and some of the original writers) from around the world, and in Ireland, sent videos of themselves saying selected lines.

Written by the members of OMGWACA
Collated by Aidan Strangeman
Video produced by Bob Murphy
Music by Hugh Rodgers
“Ireland Is…”
This is a poem about how important home is to all of us. It is disgraceful that so many will be without a home this Christmas. We would ask you to give as generously as you can to this campaign at http://www.tinyurl.com/irelandis, and if you aren’t in a position to donate, please share the video so it can be seen by people who are.

Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project.

Don’t forget Donate here 

As if I’m not homesick enough at this time of year! 

P.s If your not a member of OMGWACA join, pure craic! SXx

The Late Late Toy Show, Explain that to your Canadian Friends?!

Last night it dawned upon a table of Irish 20-30 years olds, that this week is the week, it officially becomes Christmas in Ireland.

The Late Late Toy Show marks the start of the festive season in most Irish homes, with everyone from your granny tuning in! So why do we love the Late Late Toy Show? And how do we explain it to anyone who didn’t grow up in Ireland?zzzthelatelatetoyshowtrailer2014_large

Firstly and most importantly, the show will be available on the RTE Player, for any of you who want to continue the tradition, or for those of you who want to play the now famous Toy Show drinking game.

 
What normally goes down in the RTE studios on Toy show night.

1. The big act.

Did we not all nearly die with sheer joy when Boyzone came on to see Gay Byrne, Even with those dodgy outfits Last year, One Direction were the star attraction, But we all know Niall Horan has nothing on these lot. Check out Shane Lynch’s moves.

Great moves Lynch

Great moves Lynch


2. A bunch of exceptionally talented children will make you question your life.

Like. Let’s be honest, did we not all want to be a Billie Barry kid?!

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3. At least one toy will malfunction.

The host inevitably, will get wild flustered and repeat “it will have worked earlier in the evening”.

Run Gay, Run

Run Gay, Run


4. You will spend the entire show waiting for Zig, Zag and Dustin to turn up.

5. One kid who will become a legend.

There’s always one really quirky/intelligent/stylish child. Who didn’t love John Joe the horologist??

John Joe

John Joe


6. Christmas Jumpers Everywhere!

Gay Byrne may have started the tradition, but Tubridy has taken it to a whole new level.

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7. There will be “one for everyone in the audience”.

I would still sell my soul to sit in that audience.

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8. We will all want to be five again

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After every toy show who else starts the age old whine “when i was seven all i wanted was a (insert toy) and you wouldn’t get it for me!”

Now pour yourself a glass of wine, put on your Christmas jumper and get ready. S xx

Watch the trailer for this years show here!!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A Second a Day, For One Year In Canada

During my time here in Toronto, I have found comfort in meeting and chatting to people from “home”. These initial conversations I have with new faces are all the same (admit it, we all do it) “So how long have you been here?” “How do you find it?” You know the ol’ speel yourself. So imagine how delighted I was when I discovered this video whilst on my morning commute.

The video; which David gave us permission to use, charts his second year in Toronto.

He says of the video; “Before I turned 24, I was building up my career and working long hours, as well as exploring my new home in Toronto in my free time. I wanted to capture my time in Toronto and take on a fun project outside of work. I also wanted to show family and friends back home an updated view of my life, as I don’t get the chance to go home as often as I should.”

Taking inspiration from Kent Frost’s “Just A Second” video, David decided that this would be the best way to capture and share his new and exciting life.

Watching his video it’s amazing to see how much actually happens in a year. David’s Journey around Canada and the US, starting his YouTube channel and a Proposal! I’m definitely inspired to take on a similar project, what a great way to share your experiences with your family in Ireland.

Thanks for sharing David

S xx

Nordy Translations

A person from Northern Ireland or Norn Iron, sounds a bit different from the Irish folks you lot are used to. At a concert recently, after i rather affectionately told someone to “watch yourself” I was told that I sounded aggressive! It’s not our intention to sound aggressive, Its because we have been forced to speak a language that isn’t our native tongue, so now we spend our time trying to dirty it up!

A is for…

Ach: Can be used a to start any sentence. “Ach how was last night?” ,”Ach it wasn’t too bad!”

Aye: Yes, “Aye I’d love a drink!”

Bis for…

Bake: Face or mouth. Normally not a positive reference, “shut your bake” “Would ye look at the bake on her?”

Banter/bant: Fun or Craic “Will we head out for a bit of banter?”

Banjexxed: an adjective meaning broken, “You may call the plumber, that toilet is Banjaxxed”

Beezer: Good, fantastic, Especially if you come from Derry “Your new car is beezer.”

Big Lad: A spritely young gentleman. “Alright big lad?”
Bout Ye!: Greeting, How are you? “Bout ye big lad?”

Craic/Banter/Fun

Craic/Banter/Fun

C is for…

Carry-out: LCBO or liquor store “Let’s go to the carry-out and buy some beer”
C’ mere: A command. “Come here”
Catch yourself on!: An expression, “Get a hold of yourself!”, “Wise up!”
Clinker: Similar to Beezer, if you’re not from Derry and are actually from Belfast. “My new bike is clinker.”
Cracker: Good. “That restaurant was cracker”
Craic: Fun, to have a good time. “The craic is mighty lads, get the beers in”

Cuddy: Young boy or young girl

D is for…
Da: Father. “I seen your Da last night”
Dander: Walk. “Lets go for a dander”
Dead-On: Good, decent, alright. “I like him, he’s dead-on”

Deadly: Really Good

Does my head in: Expression. Someone who really annoys you. “my da does my head in”

Yer-an-eejitE is for…
Eejit : An Idiot. “You are an eejit”

F is for…
Faffin’: Messing around, acting an eejit. “Stop faffin’ around and do some work”
Fegs: Cigarettes. “Can I have twenty fegs?”

G is for…
Grand: Good. “That’s grand, I’ll see you at half-eleven”
Guddies: Trainers. “Look at my new guddies”

H is for…
Haul: Hold. “Your man can’t haul his beer”
Hoak: Rummage. “That wee man hoaks through the bins”
Hole: Bottom, Bum. “Get your lazy hole out of bed and go to work”
Hoop: Bum, bottom. “You have a face like my hoop”

I is for…i dont know
I tell a lie: Expression, meaning you’ve made an error. “I tell a lie, I do know where it is”
Is that you?:Question. “Are you finished?”, “Are you ready?”
Is your head cut?: Expression, meaning are you wise? “you moved to Canada, without a coat! is your head cut?”

J is for…
Jammie: Lucky. “That jammie sod just won the lottery”

K is for…
Keepin’ Dick: Keeping Lookout. “Keep-dick for me while I rob this bank”
Kex: Underwear. “I have to go a buy new kex”
Knackered: Tired, done or broken, “I’m knackered after that walk” “Get a new car, that one is Knackered”

L is for…like
Lamped: Punched. “I lamped yer man after he called me a nasty name”

Like: Can start or end a sentence, so it’s kind of like a full stop “Like, I dont even like him” or “I don’t even like him, like.
Lump: Lazy, “Get out of bed you big lump”
Lifted: Arrested. “Wee Stevie got lifted by the peelers last night”

M is for…
Ma: Mother. “How’s your Ma?”
Melter: An annoying person who gets on your nerves. “That wee girl is a melter.”
Minger: Ugly, an unattractive person. “You’re such a minger”
Munter: An unattractive woman dressed inappropriately for her age and covered in fake tan. “Yer Ma’s a munter”
Mucker: Mate, pal. “Alright mucker, fancy a pint?”

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Naff: Stupid, crap. “Your new car is naff”

O is for…
Oul: Old. “This pub is really oul”
Oul-Doll: Old Lady. “That oul-doll looks like your Ma”

P is for…
Peelers: Police. “The peelers do my head in”
Poke: Ice-Cream. “Ma, can I have a poke with sprinkles on it?”
Pull: Go on a romantic conquest, usually on a Friday and Saturday night at a disco. “Right, pass my aftershave, I’m going on the pull tonight”

Pure: Normally used before an adjective, to give it strenght “I just ran up the stairs and I’m pure knackerd
R is for…
Ragein’
: Angry, fuming. “£15 for a taxi, I was ragein’!”
Ratten: Rotting, disgusting. “Those chips were ratten”
Reddener: Embarrassed. “I took an awful reddener when I missed the bus”
Right: Assertive, usually applied at the start of a sentence. “Right, I’m away home for my tea”
Runner: Run away, flee with speed. “Here come the peelers, let’s do a runner!”

S is for…
Scundered
: Embarrassed. “Look at yer man’s trousers, I’m scundered for ’em!”
Sound: Dead on, easy going. “Yer Da is sound”
Spuds: Potatoes. “Get the spuds on love, I’m starvin’”

T is for…
Tae: Pronunciation – Tea. “Put the kettle on and we’ll have a cup of tae”

Tara: Either good or bad. If someone says, “That’s tara,” and they sound glum, it’s bad. Likewise, if they sound happy, it’s good.

Tea: Dinner. “Jimmy, your tea is ready”
Till: To. “Are you coming till the shops?”

W is for…

Watch yourself: An Expression ” Be Careful!”
Wee: Small. Used by every single Northern Irish person.  “Have a wee bun”, “Would you like a wee bag?”
What about ye?: Greeting. “How are you?”
Wick: Stupid, useless. “Your new gutties are wick”
Windee: Window. “Someone broke my windee”

Wile: Really fabulous or really awful. As in, “Jeez, you’re looking wile.” So if something’s “wile craic”, it can be good or bad, depending on how the person says it!

Y is for…
Ya: You. “Ya look like my Ma”
Yarn: Talk. “I had a good yarn with your Ma”
Yer: You’re. “Yer my best mate”
Youse: You Lot. “Youse keep the noise down, I’m trying to sleep!”

What do you think? Are you constantly being picked up wrong?

Let us know if we missed anything out?

S xx

Lets just straighten a few things out!

You know drill, your new to the  country, you start a new job and so starts the questions. Don’t get me wrong I could wax lyrical about our fair country and I’m sure I have in the past, but my enthusiasm is waning because some of the questions are ludicrous covering all manner of topics from politics, booze, weather, leprechauns and of course U2 (Oh yeah uncle Bono, he’s gas, wile tight with the Christmas presents mind you!)

So lets straighten a few things out!sterotype map

1. I am not British – I live in the North of Ireland (or Northern Ireland, depending on your viewpoint) so technically I am BUT I’m going to assume you know little or nothing about our country’s complex history so take my advice and do not argue the facts. Also do not argue with me about the geography/politics of the Country, I lived there, I got this.

bono22. Our small country is notorious for producing a mass of talented folks, who we are fiercely proud of; musicians, writers, poets, actors, actress and of course U2- Never assume, because I’m Irish I must like U2- I don’t! You can however assume that every Irish person ever thinks that Bono is a tool. FACT!

3. “Yer all mad craic” – That’s debatable, No we’re not all singing, all dancing all the time. I’ve meet some miserable sods in my life and guess what some of them were Irish! Yes the majority of Irish are known for their love of the aforementioned “craic”, but allow us an off day once and a while.

4. You must love Guinness?….Nope! guinnessCant stand the stuff, same applies to whiskey and black pudding. Oh and sorry mam, I’m not gone on Potatoes either!

5. We’re all religious/ Catholic maniacs– Again not true, possibly true of the generations before us, but there’s a deadly amount of men and women calling themselves atheists these days. The majority of Irish Catholics grew a bit disheartened in the catholic church due to it’s recent scandals, and it’s unwillingness to embrace modern times. Me, I still love a good mass and turn straight to Saint Anthony when I lose my keys.

6. The weather is bad all the time – True, we are still are all talking about the great summer of 1995, our warmest summer on record. We love a good moan about the weather and are never happy with the too cold/too wet/ too hot situation. The weather probably explains why so many of us emigrate. irish weather

7. Leprechauns are friendly little fellows found all over the country. False- There’s two and they hang out in Temple bar…Little fuckers!

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8. The Irish love to fight- Well you can hardly blame us…we’ve been fighting for our nationhood for 800+ years.Fighting-Irish_3068071b It is however, remarkable to note that when we ran out of foreign invaders to fight we had a civil war. I wonder If we’d run out of Irish people to fight with would we have started fights with anything  that was looking at us funny? Probably!

Have you had similar questions? Please comment you know we love a good argument

S xx