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Experience Gaelic Games Cultural Translation Guide

By 15th February 2013January 8th, 2020No Comments

For first time visitors to Ireland –  they can be excused for not understanding what defines the difference between ourselves and our fellow english speaking Europeans –

heres a few pointers to help –


We live on the only place in the world where …………………….


• GAA is considered religion,

• Saying ‘I will yea’ means that you definitely won’t,

• ‘For the craic’ is the best reason for doing anything,

• ‘I got stuck behind a tractor’ is a perfectly valid reason for being late,

• You can insert the name of a gardening tool into any sentence and it still makes sense, e.g. ‘I had a rake of drink last night’ or ‘I’ll be out in a minute, I’m just shoveling down the dinner’,

• ‘F*** it, its grand’ means that you couldn’t be bothered finish it properly,

• ‘Hes fond of a drink’ means he suffers from severe life-threatening alcoholism,

• Crisps are called ‘Taytos’ and fizzy drinks are called ‘minerals’,

• We eat Tayto sambos for lunch, and ham sandwiches on the way to Croke Park,

• Nobody can go a day without saying ‘Jaysus’,

• Tea is the solution to every problem,
and water is the solution to every GAA injury,

•The person that you insult most is probably your best friend

• Its perfectly acceptable to call your mother ‘mammy’ even though you are a fully grown adult,

• Saying ‘Now we’re sucking diesel’ means that you are happy with the outcome of the situation,

• Drinking ‘tae’ is everyone’s favourite past time,

• You’re scared of the wooden spoon,

• The word ‘like’ goes in every sentence,

• You can say ‘Any craic’ to a garda and you won’t get arrested,

They’re some of the polite differences!!!!!!!!


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