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01st May 2019

24 Things You Seriously Miss About Dublin When You Leave


We Dubliners love to have a good moan about our city.

We can easily spend hours complaining about the rent bubble, the crappy weather and the carnage that is Harcourt street at 3am on a Saturday night. For all the stick we give it though, we love it really.

Here are the things you’ll miss most about Dublin when you’re gone…

1. Chicken fillet rolls

Butter or Mayo? Plain or spicy? The deli assistant at your local Spar is always asking the important questions.

2. The crucial distinction between ‘going out’ and ‘going out out’

How do people actually not know the difference in this day and age? In Dublin, this is basically on the syllabus when you’re in primary school.


3. The concept of ‘-ish’ when it comes to time telling

It’s the perfect way to get out of being held responsible for your actions.

Agreed to meet your mates at 6ish and you’re only turning up at eight? No problem. You said -ish, it’s a universally accepted non-binding agreement and today it’s your ‘get out of jail free’ card.


4. One word texts being sufficient



5. Pints and toasties at Grogans

Their grilled ham and cheese sandwiches have become a rite of passage. Of course, the taste positively correlates with how many pints deep you are, so you can’t lose really.

6. Everyday pessimism

No one does it better than the Irish. No issue is too big or small. Choose any topic under the sun and we’ll not only be able to tell you why it’s a terrible thing but also why it’s our problem. A canned pumpkin shortage in the US this Halloween you say? Challenge accepted.


7. Banter with the Gardaí

Yeah, try this in the States…


8. The Leap Card adrenaline rush

The Dublin edition of Russian roulette: is there money on it or is there not?

We too like to live dangerously.


9. ‘Loads’ being an effective unit of measurement

The most versatile metric of all.


10. The slang

All of it.


11. Rollovers

In Ireland it is not only understood, but expected, that you’ll cure your hangover with more drink.


12. Saying bye at least six times before you actually hang up the phone.

Any less and you may as well just spit in my face.


13. Day drinking

In many cultures lunchtime pints are frowned upon, and the term liquid lunch refers to a juice cleanse. Disgusting.


14. One-sided banter with the taxi driver

“Hey Mr Taximan, you busy tonight?”

On a Friday. We’re the worst.


15. Proper chips from the chipper

Crispy bits mandatory. No matter if you’re team Burdocks or team Beshoff we can all agree that you can’t beat a cheeky bag of chipper chips


16. Bonding over ‘the fear’

Try using this term to describe a hangover anywhere else and people will think you’re either paranoid or just scared of everything.


17. Every day being opposite day

Saying ‘I will yea’ means that you most definitely won’t, and ‘you’ll be grand’ actually means you probably won’t be grand but just get on with it anyways.


18. Crisp sandwiches

These are quite simply Not Okay in any other part of the world.

That, in itself, is Not Okay.


19. “Just going for the one”

The inside joke that an entire nation shares, and no other culture will ever quite get.


20. The bubbles on Grafton Street

The intense satisfaction when you eventually manage to burst one of these is unrivalled (until you see the distraught look on the face of the kid you knocked over in pursuit of said bubble… which makes it even sweeter)

21. Everybody losing their minds at the first sign of sunshine

People calling in sick to work, your inbox flooded with texts about having ‘cans on the canal’ and pasty limbs everywhere.


22. Burritos at Boojum

I’ve still yet to come across a better tasting or better value feast.

23. Having a well known name that people can pronounce

Yours sincerely,



24. And of course… the sanctity of rounds

An honourable tradition that one must never ever break for the fear of bringing shame to themselves, their children and their children’s children.


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