An Post….what a bunch of legends!

Can we take a moment to appreciate An Post, pin particular to appreciate Celcius who managed to deliver this card to Nicole Lally! Her friend Amanda sent her a Christmas card with the following written on the front:

Ya know yer wan, her mother’s Hogan from Castleblakeney, but the daughter’s an ex townie. Grew up in Athlone and moved to Ballymacward (between Ballinasloe and Galway) when she got married. Lives next door to her in-laws now, she has a rake of children and 7 dogs and 4 cats and about 30 hens + ducks and some rabbits and fish & I think she has a hamster as well. She has a shrine to the virgin mary in the left corner of her garden.

Can you give this to her please? Xx

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The inside of the card reads “…sure aren’t An Post great”… indeed they are . Legends

Tempted to try this myself, S xx

 

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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!!! 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sweet Jesus….all about that ice cream!

  
Ice cream, really seems to be having a moment right now, and with the scorching temperatures over the last few days who can blame us for flocking to our local I cream spot!?  

A few Sundays ago, after Ireland’s miserable defeat at the hands of France, myself and Brian (a fellow ice cream devotee) took ourselves on what felt like an epic journey to the entertainment district, 106 John Street to be exact. After a good 10minutes of abysmal attempts at parking, I finally got to try the icecream that is blowing up Instagram…..Was it worth it abso-bloody-luty!

 Luckily we managed to avoid the crazy ques, but having tasted the ice cream, I would definitely recommend persisting in the cue. A pleasant surprise I got inside was the price, the location and cool decor made me think this place was going to be over priced, but nope- it was around $16 for two (massive) cones 

I had the Cookies Cookies Cookies and cream and Brian had the Ferraro Roche. The actual soft serve ice cream is delicious, and not too sweet, paired with the mounds of toppings it is an epic treat. Now your probably going to want to take a photo of your dessert, but be warned these things are heavy. 

We ate outside, there is no inside seating. I don’t think there was much communication from the moment we got the cones, until every bite was gone. 
Now I hear there is a second location coming to Eglinton, I’m sure I’ll go again.

 The question is, where to try next?! If you have any suggestions, send them our way, we are savage ice cream fans! 

Picture thanks to Brian.

Sinéad X

Life after, death by suicide.

I met Aine in my second year of university, and I knew her for a few short years before her death in 2012. I remember her now and explain how our brief friendship and her passing has had a huge impact on me.

  
 
Upon meeting Aine I was struck by her quirky style, her infectious laugh and her cracking sense of humour! I have our first meeting, planted firmly in my mind. Typical of exam season in Manchester, it was sunny out and we spent the day having chatting and enjoying the sun. Over time I got to know her and She was the life and soul of many a night out , singing Karoke, dressing up and dragging us to see random bands in Manchester.

What strikes me most of my memories of Aine is her  beautiful smile! I knew Aine was experiencing a harrowing depression, which we didn’t really talk about, but she didn’t seem sick she was always in the moment with a smile. I spent time with her through some dark moments, never aware of the pain that her smile was masking.

When Aine passed, I just felt really sad. Not for me but sad for her family whom she talked about always and had photos of everywhere. I felt sad for all those who knew her and loved her. I removed myself from the grief, thinking it wasn’t fair to mourne someone you only knew for a short time.

As time as passed I realized the profound effect her passing had on me. As corny as it sounds I think of her most days, every time I see a green banana, or a really comfy reading chair or hear a song from uni. The moment catches me and I’ll find myself smiling at the memory of her.

Her death also taught me, how well hidden depression is, it affects so many of us directly or indirectly. I had a small idea of what Aine was feeling, but my understanding of her illness was limited. I now know how important it is to have the difficult conversations, conversations I should of had with Aine.

The work of Pieta house is so vitally important in taking the stigma out of talking about mental illness. Darkness into light, is an opportunity to show support to those battling depression,it shows that’s it’s ok to open up and talk and most importantly it shows that it’s ok not to be ok. I am so proud to be involved with The Darkness into Light walk Toronto, I’ll be walking May 7th for Aine and all those suffering in silence.

If you would like to get involved you can register here .

Dear Caitlyn Jenner

Caitlyn Jenner who claims; “The hardest part about being a woman is figuring out what to wear”

There are many reasons being a woman is hard.

Women are objectified from an early age, all whilst trying to establish a sense of self-worth when society places value on our appearance. It’s difficult to comply with societies ever-changing standards of beauty and if you do, you’re branded shallow or vain. If you don’t comply you’ve let yourself go. Let’s not even get into the too fat/ too thin debate!

Maybe the hardest part of being a woman is growing another human inside our body and then delivering that child, feeding that child and supporting that child for years. It could also be the incredible pressure to balance work whilst raising children – and doing a perfect job at both. Lets remember the many women who do this ALONE! Let’s also remember the women who struggle to conceive and who are reminded that times ticking, remember girls we have an expiration date!

How about the anger that comes from male politicians telling you what’s best for you and your body, or the many males in general dictating how you should feel. Heaven forbid you have an opinion because then your mouthy or on your period!

It also sucks to make 70% of what a man makes for the same job.

Could it be the hardest part about being a woman is figuring out why you’re either a whore or a prude, based on what YOU decide to do with YOUR body. Maybe the hardest part of being a woman is worrying about being raped and attacked any time (literally any time) you are out after dark, or the worry that if it DOES happen, it will probably be your fault for how you’re dressed or how much you’ve been drinking.

Don’t get me started on countries where sex selective abortions occur, where women don’t even have access to education due to gender, or are forced into marriages, or where little girls are mutilated to ensure the satisfaction for their future husbands.

I’m all for people being who they want to be, and I accept that it took a lot of courage to transition, but maybe Cait needs to do some fucking homework about what life is like for fellow women.

The hardest part about being a woman is figuring out what to wear….get real!

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