Irish people used to convene socially, for the most part, at Mass and in the pub.
Times have changed though and now, it is increasingly likely that people catch up at the gym, doing yoga or in a café.
Of course, we all still drink copious amounts but going for a latte instead of a pint would have been laughed at back at the turn of the century.
Back then, eating in a café consisted of a ham sandwich on batch bread, soup or a greasy fry-up. The first stepping stone towards our new way of living came about with the emergence of the very foreign sounding panini about a decade ago and we haven't looked back since…