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Initial post: 29 Feb 2012 11:02:29 GMT
china cat says:
A thread for Irish chatter, hopefully leading to a meet later this year. The smart arse title is an allusion to When Irish Eyes Are Smiling and Emerald Eyes with the lyric from Fleetwood Mac's Mystery To Me.
I spent six wonderful years in West Cork, in and around Schull and Ballydehob during the late 70s/early 80s when the Celtic tiger was a mere leprechaun and none the worse for it. If times suit would be more than happy to meet up with Irish resident posters.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 11:07:39 GMT
Well I will have to count myself among the Irish posters, although I have no Irish blood at all. I have lived in Ireland since I was 6 weeks old, growing up in Drogheda, and I moved to Dublin when I started working.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 11:26:33 GMT
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Spacepig says:
And I been here four and half years and no way will they rob me of my Scottish accent. They can have my McEwans Export, they can have my haggis and my Glenmorangie, but I will never give up my Doric tongue!
I like the Irish people though, they make me feel relatively normal in comparison to their own loopiness.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 11:28:40 GMT
You ain't kidding about the loopiness! The problem is its infectious.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Feb 2012 11:35:18 GMT
Last edited by the author on 29 Feb 2012 11:36:08 GMT
nocheese says:
Doric, Spacepig? Are you from the north-east then? (I realise this isn't Irish chatter, sorry).

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Feb 2012 11:40:16 GMT
Spacepig says:
Yes nocheese, from the far northeast, originally from Rosehearty (look it up) then moved to Fraserburgh where I more or less spent my childhood/adolescence/early twenties, then moved to Aberdeen where I lived for twenty something years.
Don't think you can get much more Doric than that can you?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Feb 2012 12:01:35 GMT
nocheese says:
I don't need to look up Rosehearty, Spacepig, being originally from near Ellon. If you really still speak Doric, I doubt if anyone understands a word you say!

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 12:32:51 GMT
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Spacepig says:
Believe you me nocheese, the Irish not understanding what I say is a distinct advantage here. I have the barman well trained and that is all I need.

Speaking of Ellon, my son's mother was from Auchnagatt, that is possibly even more Doric than me, although she doesn't have the same accent now. Still lives in Aberdeen though but the kid has moved away to Uni.

I also used to play a disco in the Mercury occasionally many many years ago.
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Posted on 29 Feb 2012 12:46:45 GMT
Bagsy Spacepig's Glenmorangie. :)

Will leave the rest of yers to squabble over the haggis and McEwans.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 12:55:33 GMT
Hang on, this is the Irish thread - you guys can start your own Scottish one if you want. And since I have some scottish blood myself I might drop in now and again...

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 13:04:12 GMT
Lez Lee says:
Ginger - you're welcome to visit 'Edinburgh Out To Lunch' over on Rock. Started as somewhere to arrange rendezvous -es-es, it's now become the must-see place for all things Caledonian.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 13:10:37 GMT
nocheese says:
Thread goes off at tangent shock/horror.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 13:19:25 GMT
It would be more of a shock if it stayed on topic round here...

Right! Biscuits....

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Feb 2012 14:16:49 GMT
hey liq., I bags the haggis & mcewans, an excellent combination - even if i'd rather have a pint of 80 shilling.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 14:24:53 GMT
easytiger says:
Haggis and Bushmills- a delight.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 14:33:15 GMT
Spacepig says:
Mr Dewar, I don't remember offering 80 shilling. If I had that I wouldn't be giving it away, been years since I had any of that.

We have a local brew here called Rebel Red, it's OK, but not a patch on Scottish ales and I can't stand Guinness or Beamish.

Getting homesick now, I am going to go to bed tonight dreaming of proper beer.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 15:02:09 GMT
Spacepig says:
So, if we are going to have an Ireland PPU, we may as well start by deciding on a suitable place to have it. Obviously has to be somewhere convenient to get to and reasonably central so no one has to travel too far. I know that Post Soviet is in Leitrim but I don't know where that is. Gingerlily is in Dublin, Smitty is up north somewhere. How about the rest of the Irish based posters let us know where you are, then those that want to come visit work out where they would arrive at then we can start seriously thinking about a suitable city/town/village/country pub. Anyone coming from the UK will arrive in either Cork, Belfast or Dublin so we can't go too far from one of those.
Once we have worked out a venue, we can start thinking about a suitable date.
And if anyone is coming from Scotland, bring some nice beers (and a haggis).

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 15:09:36 GMT
easytiger says:
And Shannon airport is where?

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Feb 2012 15:10:24 GMT
nocheese says:
I bought a selection of Brew Dog beers recently (brewed in Fraserburgh incidentally). I somehow didn't notice until I got home that one of the bottles is 'Tokyo' ale - 18.2%, and £9.99 for 330ml. I haven't dared to open it yet.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 15:10:51 GMT
I think SeasickTim is somewhere down towards the Corkish area as well. Leitrim is over towards the west.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Feb 2012 15:30:12 GMT
s.pig, in the words of the immortal monty python "you were lucky" to have such a vast range of decent beers as you have in oireland. here in france we've got a choice of shi'itey lager or nauseatingly sweet "bière brune", so i have to resort to buying expensive imported boddingtons or guiness. it's fortunate that the french are much better at wine, which i prefer anyway. do miss the old 80 shilling tho', or even a decent pint of heavy.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 15:34:07 GMT
Been monitoring the thread and did a bit of research of my own. I have been to five PPUs so far, which makes me a veteran. It is apparently easier and cheaper for me to go to Dublin (with Ryanair) or Belfast (with Easyjet) from Liverpool John Lennon Airport than say London, High Wycombe or Oxford. I wish you all luck and you might meet me at the inaugural All-Ireland PPU.

Posted on 29 Feb 2012 15:39:38 GMT
Martin says:
Oi love it when Gingerlily speaks Oirish.....

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Feb 2012 15:42:11 GMT
It happens very seldom.

In reply to an earlier post on 29 Feb 2012 15:45:28 GMT
Martin says:
Let's hear yer Oirish accent then......
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