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24 Rites Of Passage You Experience Growing Up In Ireland

Breaking your confirmation pledge before you were 16.

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1. Stealing anything you could from your parent's cupboard to go drinking in a field.

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And inevitably mixing it with Baileys.

2. And subsequently breaking your confirmation pledge.

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3. Getting shit tonnes of money for your Communion and spending it all on sweets.

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''Hi yeah, four Taz's, 13 Roy of The Rovers, six Chewits, and the rest in jellies''

4. Pairing Cadet Cola with Cheese & Onion Tayto.

The breakfast of champions.
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The breakfast of champions.

5. Turning blue with the cold on a trip to an Irish beach.

Yet still demanding a 99.
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Yet still demanding a 99.

6. Pegging it home every day after school to catch The Den.

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7. And staying up all night for the Late Late Toy Show even though your poor, frail body could barley hack it.

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8. Settling every score with a game of rounders.

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9. Going to Cúl Camps and wearing the clobber for the rest of your life.

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You still wear the T-shirt to bed, right?

10. Losing your shit instinctively when "Riverdance" comes on.

11. Stealing cigarettes from the purse of your friend's mum to smoke behind the bike sheds.

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12. Wanting to give it all up and just eat beans the first time you watch Into The West.

Tayto <3
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Tayto <3

13. And weeping over Reeling In The Years.

And being super excited to see what happened on your year of birth
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And being super excited to see what happened on your year of birth

14. Hearing a Father Ted quote at least twice a week.

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15. Having to perform a poem/dance/song when dressed up as a Púca on Halloween.

Engraving from 1884 showing the Japanese Bean Throwing Festival to rid the home of evil (ogres).
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Engraving from 1884 showing the Japanese Bean Throwing Festival to rid the home of evil (ogres).

16. Messing up your CAO at least thee times before sending in the real deal.

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17. Learning the Irish language thanks to Muzzy Mór.

And wondering what eating a clock would taste like.
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And wondering what eating a clock would taste like.

18. And learning how to Irish dance at a very early stage in life.

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Probably in the local GAA hall.

19. Religiously following the Eurovision Song Contest every year.

And also checking how the Brits got on.
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And also checking how the Brits got on.

20. Going to a funeral of someone you didn't even know the name of.

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And not questioning it.

21. Preaching the Gospel according to Alive-O.

22. Learning how to play the Titanic theme on tin whistle.

And then abandoning it for all eternity.
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And then abandoning it for all eternity.

23. Getting the shift while hearing An Dreoilín play faintly in the background.

Ah, Irish college.
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Ah, Irish college.

24. And finally, grin and bearing through 21 kisses at your 21st.

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