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51. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Nah, if you can lie on the ground without having to hold on to anything then you're not drunk!
It's brilliant here in Ireland, if you fall because you're locked out of your head you're like some kind of hero, in Switzerland you'd go way down the popularity level and be the laughing stock for ages.

52. Posted by me.da (Full Member 96 posts) 11y

Hey you Irish madmen.

Thanks for this thread - I'm going to dublin tomorrow for a few days and i'm happier than ever knowing that these sort of drunken antics will be plentiful on the streets of the dirty old town. And even happier cos i know my mate and i will fit right in.


53. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Just watch out for the knackers and scumbags!

Kesey's Irish Dictionary defines them as follows:

The term `scumbag' has quite a specific meaning in Dublin, compared to its role as a generalised term of abuse elsewhere. A scumbag refers to those individuals, seen in every Western country (and in other countries too, where they're generally running the place) whose job it is to hang around in corners in groups, menacingly asking passersby what they think they're looking at.
The generic Dublin scumbag is from a working-class neighbourhood, often on the Northside (see Dublin), or the rebel offspring of a middle-class household doing their utmost to piss off their parents. The generic scumbag usually wears sports clothing (the larger the logo, the better. The jerseys worn by British soccer clubs are also very popular) and a pair of running shoes so futuristic they look like a ray gun from Star Trek. Gold chains and sovereign rings are very much the `in' things for an about-the-town scumbag to be wearing. In other words, our scumbag chums are attempting to look as much as possible like gangsta rappers, pasty Irish complexions notwithstanding. The generic scumbag will be unable to utter two consecutive words without using the word `fuck'; indeed, he may infuckingsert the F-word into any polyfuckingsyllabic words he speaks, just to be sure. If the scumbag asks you what you're looking at (sorry, fuckin' looking at), prepare to run very quickly

Originally, a person who deals in horses, particularly those in the horse trade responsible for converting old horses into fertiliser and adhesives. Nowadays, the term has lost all descriptive meaning and has become a generic term of abuse for anyone the speaker a) has a problem with and b) considers a good few rungs down the social ladder from themselves, e.g. Northside scumbags and Our Friends In The Travelling Community."

54. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 11y

Mida, when you go to Ireland....get outta Dublin as well. No offence to the Dubs on the thread (or the Swiss honourary Dub's!), Dublin is great but the west is the best. If you are taking the time to go to Ireland, the west coast is where you want to be.

Do most people agree?

p.s. Im from the north so im not just being partisan.

55. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

I deffo agree! There's nothing much to see in Dublin and it is too expensive, too. And it can be quite intimidating at times, too many Knackers around, there were so many reports lately of people being beaten up.

Galway is the best base to explore the West Coast, you get quite quickly anywhere else - and lost in Gaeltachts for that matter if you're not able to read Gaelic and don't have a Travel Guide which gives you the English and Gaelic Town Names! Lonely Planet saved me so many times from getting hopelessly lost.

56. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

I lived in Dublin for 6 and a half yrs before moving to Galway and I loved living in both places. Dublin has the capital city feel and anonymity going for it, along with lots to do and see while Galway has a very arty insular cosy feel to it with the advantage of lots of backpackers and interesting ppl passing through.

I think what I would say is that Dublin has a very different feel to the rest of the country. It's like any capital city - there is a certain arrogance (or maybe pride is a better word)circulating around the city. Not all the Dubs are unfriendly - a particular breed of insufferable Dubs have sprung up in recent years - mainly in the South of the city (I encountered many having gone to college there) but you cant beat the old-school Dubs - they're full of witty anecdotes and tall tales.

DOnt forget to visit the SOuthwest (best part of the country!!) Get down to Kerry and Cork for some proper Irish hospitality and great Guinness! And you're all welcome to come to Limerick (dont worry I'll look after you - it's not Stab City, it's Fab City!)

57. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

I think Limerich is fine if you know where to go, or have somebody who knows the place. I've been there twice on a Weapons Seminar (fitting place, isn't it), you just have to be watchful, but that's the same in Dublin.
My problem is just that I am not a big city person, I would be happy to be in a camp somewhere in the Asian or African Bush or on top of a mountain, but it's hard to make a living from out there if you don't have the right kind of job. But I am working on it.
BTW: Has anybody ever met Knacker McWhacker, the King of Knackers?

58. Posted by WeeJoe (Respected Member 336 posts) 11y

My ideal jaunt would be to hire a car for 2 weeks with a couple of pals, throw a tent in the boot to use when we could. Then travel north to south on the west coast and have 2 days in each of...

Killybegs (Donegal)
Mullaghmore (Sligo)
Dooagh/Keel (Achill Island, Mayo)
Galway city (Galway)
Kilrush (Clare)
Dingle (Kerry)
Clonakilty (Cork) fact if i wasnt going to India in a fortnight, id love to do that now.

59. Posted by Pardus (Respected Member 2356 posts) 11y

Good selection, though I'd start further north - Dunlewy in Donegal after climbing up Mt. Errigal. I've been to Killybegs - the smell of fish everywhere. But it's a nice town nonetheless.
Maybe before I leave for my big trip I am going to do a round the island trip, all along the coast. That would be nice, just to say goodbye for a while.

60. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y


I did that two years ago with one of my friends - DO IT! we dont realise what a great country we have right here.
there's some much stuff to see and do...

what i find amazing is the geographically ireland is so small but the different in the people from county to county is huge - like COrk people are a law unto themselves. right next door to them you have the cute kerry whoors, dubs are totally different again, then you go up north and the people have quite a sarcy sense of humour and they are wary until they get to know you and then they can be some of the warmest ppl you'd meet....

having a car is great because you can get to remote spots where buses and trains wont take you...

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