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27 Things All Second Generation Irish People Know

"Don't even think about leaving this house without a jacket."

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1. You used to own a tin whistle.

And when you gave up trying to produce a nice sound from it, it was great for creeping up on people and blowing as hard as you could to scare the bejaysus out of them.

4. You did Irish dancing, or were an altar server, when you were a kid.

You had your hair tied up in socks the night before a dance competition and, to this day, you have no idea how it miraculously curled your hair.


6. You can swear in Gaelic.

And you can do an Irish accent better than family members who actually grew up there.

7. And while swearing's fine, you've had it if you blaspheme.

"Don't feckin' take Our Lord's name in vain!"

8. You've had holy water thrown on you before an exam.

And before your driving test, dance competition, and wedding. Basically, any time you've just perfected your hair and make up.


11. Potato cakes, colcannon, boxty, Irish stew, and bacon, cabbage and mash were always on the menu growing up.


Call it a cliché, but you can't beat a potato-based, home-cooked dinner. And you can't go wrong with a bit of warm soda bread with butter and jam either.

12. No matter how old you are, you have to miss-call your mum when you're home safe or she'll freak out.

"Make sure you give me three rings when you get home."


13. You've been told to "whisht" when your mum's programme is on.

"Ah will ya whisht! What's so important that you had to interrupt Emmerdale?"

15. You don't tan, you "glow".

You wait patiently for the day that all of your freckles combine to make a tan, but you just go red and back to white again.

16. Sex education was completely glossed over.

*Hides Judy Blume's Forever under mattress*


17. You can't resist a drop of The Good Stuff.

"Are you stoppin' for a cup of tea? Ah go on."

18. You'd give your left arm for a bar of Carmello, Tiffin or Mint Crisp.

They must make them with Irish milk or maybe it's the foil? Who cares, gimme!

20. This is hung on your wall.



22. You have Irish family in the US and Canada.

It's always fun to see their St Patrick's day party antics on Facebook which makes Temple Bar look like a convent.

23. Your grandparents had a light up Jesus picture in the house.

It totally spooked you out when you went to get a glass of water during the night.

24. You know someone who entered The Rose of Tralee contest.

It's not just a Lovely Girls competition. One hip hop-dancing Rose has had almost 700,000 hits on YouTube.


25. When you hear "Jesus, Mary & Joseph!" you know you're in trouble.

So we can't say "Jesus Christ" but it's ok if you namecheck the whole family? That makes total sense!

26. You've felt the struggle of Lent. / Via

"I'm giving up crisps for Lent." "You don't like cri..." "SSHHH! I'm fasting."

27. But more than anything, you're really proud of your heritage.

So what if you didn't grow up in the Emerald Isle? Being second generation Irish rocks.

Correction: In a previous version of this post, the tin whistle was misidentified as a penny whistle.