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What Being Irish Means (humor)

Updated on February 16, 2013

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Students Role Playing As Buskeers

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How To Be Irish

We would love to say: Back Due to Popular Demand and Having Won International Acclaim.

We can't, the truth is: It was The Brewery Association of Ireland who stumped up the funding and forced us to run the course again or settle our 10 year old bar tab.

So Enroll Today! Don't be shy. We like it if you turn up but we don't enforce this policy.

We don't bite often and we need your dosh, your wonga and of course your referrals for future business.

We have won no accolades for our fabulous course but we are incredibly popular among the party goers in Dublin City.

We are however the founders and only members of the "Lost Student Association"

and receive hundreds of mails on a daily basis, since the phone company cut us off, from frantic parents. Unfortunately we have to inform these individuals that while we are always interested in and happy to meet new prospective singing and drinking buddies we have, no association with, or interest in the "frantic family followers"

Big Buns Brenda

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Course Introduction:

Back due to public demand and Brewery Pressure not to mention solicitors letters and the threat of legal action. Welcome one and all, to this highly prestigious, much thought of and constantly sought after course "what being Irish means."

What is the fascination and urgency in becoming a fully legitimate member of the Celtic clan? Please be patient as the online overload of enquiries has stalled our server and crashed our one and only, freely donated, dinosaur desktop computer thingy and caused our part time secretary Big Buns Brenda to Burst a Button. Oh wait, sorry, it's not the enquiries, we forgot to put another coin in the meter, silly us.

Overseas Interest is staggering to learn our gift of the gab and many are already in the water swimming their way here. Don't panic though if you get into trouble as we have numerous Life Guards with us at present in Donny's Drinking Den. Just give us call and we'll pick them up, dust them down and send them, within a day or two, to your rescue.

With that in mind this year we will offer accommodation for any blow ins, seeking their long lost ancestors and don't worry if you think you haven't got one as we have any amount on offer for the right price of course.

Accomodation consists of any free bar stools, spots on the floor and of course bar mats. Come for a bit of banter and the craic and no, before you think the course is a cover for drug dealing, craic is part of the gift of the gab which you will be learning on the course.

Even Student "Luna" Makes An Effort

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Course Syllabus and Materials:

Module 1 - Learning the Lingo - We supply the glass and booze. You pay

Module 2 – Pub Culture - We supply the map to the pubs that we are still welcome in

Module 3 – Cookery - There won't be a lot of this

Module 4 –Poets corner - If you're a loner you'll fit right in. We have another corner in case you have a friend

Module 5 – Changing Religion - We don't have too much so this is optional but we do insist that you don't drink the church wine. Ours is so much better

Module 6 – The Art of Laughing at yourself - Don't worry to much about this as we have thousands of total strangers just itching to help you out.

Module 7 – Speech Therapy and Linguistics Instruction - This one can be a bit tricky as we need you to sign a disclaimer before we administer the injections and tongue weights. Don't worry though Shaky Samuel our Doctor is around here somewhere and has been with us from the start. He has no medical training whatsoever but he's a great character.

Module 8 – Riverdance lessons - We supply the shoes, skirts, make up and of course the paddles.

Module 9 – Yarn Spinning -Thread, an audience and oil supplied so no fear.

Module 10 – One for the road - Brandy, Buckets and Bouncers in attendance for this one.

not that "what being Irish means" gang . . .again!
not that "what being Irish means" gang . . .again! | Source
Misses Me-anus still searching for missing students
Misses Me-anus still searching for missing students | Source

Course Duration:

Hard to give an exact duration. Last year it started in May and was to run for the standard 8 weeks. For reasons beyond our control, the number of tourists hitting Dublin for the summer months swelled our ranks to the extent that by the end of September we were mistaken for a new age invasion and subsequently detained and entertained in Dublin's Mountjoy Prison. No issues here then as it's bursting at the seams with bars.

In the end most of us were bailed and thrown out on the street. As to the rest we assume some stayed and became staff. Some others we got postcards from, some became electricians and others we see from time to time on street corners, selling number plates.

Our Field Trip Tutor and bar stool escapologist, Misses Consumpta 'Ouch' Me-Anus is still looking for 6 of last years students who need to sit their final exam of standing on one foot, holding a pint of Guinness while singing Paddy Reilly.

This year's course, at a guess, should again last for 8 weeks, give or take 6 months to a year for good behaviour.

Liquid Lunch of The Black Stuff: Guinness

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Ms Fitznicely's Amsterdam nights
Ms Fitznicely's Amsterdam nights | Source
crackin that Irish grin takes work
crackin that Irish grin takes work | Source

Course Director:

What being Irish means welcomes back the distinguished Professor of Spoofology Ms Concepta 'Datt' Fitznicely as Course Director. Proven to be a big hit with the students, her credentials are somewhat dodgy and sketchy at times. This we do overlook as she has travelled, spending extensive time in Amsterdam where she informs us she was a big hit modeling in the windows of her own business. An innovative and ingenious idea! A gas woman, Ms Fitznicely cracks on with gusto through the syllabus as outlined above and fully endorses student participation at all times in the form of role playing on a regular basis. Her philosophy, which to date students seem only too delighted to embrace, is really quite simple.

In order for students to really get a grip on what it takes to be Irish, they have to live, eat, sleep and breathe it. This will entail daily tutorials in a pub we are not banned from, getting locked regularly, having hoolies nightly with the occasional floozy (a few of my colleagues from Amsterdam will be on a flying visit) and a fair amount of effin’ and blindin’. Becoming one with the natives is the only way to learn, absorb and adopt the Irish ways. Here at the college, we don't condone sleep in any shape or form so even though students may feel banjaxed, the side effects soon diminish after a week or so of cold turkey.”

Experienced Irish Lecturers

Lecturer Mr Pat Mc Groin
Lecturer Mr Pat Mc Groin | Source
 Chef Phil Mc Crackin
Chef Phil Mc Crackin | Source

Guest Tutors:

This year we are delighted to have two esteemed colleagues join us in a guest capacity.


The first is Mr Pat Mc Groin who hails all the way from our sister college north of the border in Strangalowilly, County Tyrone. Mr Mc Groin will be a guest on Module 2 Pub Culture. Mr Mc Groin or 'Bowser' as he is affectionately called by his close buddies the boys in blue, down at Pearse St, will be holding a special seminar on “The Temple Bar District Pub Crawl” which includes a guided tour, not to be missed! Under his expert guidance you will undoubtedly become more than acquainted with high court judges, customs and excise and the department of immigration.To be awarded such a privilege is something the college is unique in providing on the curriculum. After all, you do want to get your money's worth on How to be Irish don't you??


Our second Guest is Head Chef Phil Mc Crackin who hails from Nobber County Cork but is based in Dublin's oldest pub,The Brazen Head. The Brazen Head Pub was established in 1198 and Chef Mc Crackin fondly remembers the opening. He served his apprenticeship there catering for the High Kings of Ireland. In later years his favourite regulars were James Joyce and Michael Collins. It is safe to say, so I will, he has many years experience under his expanding waistline, and we are forever indebted to him for taking the time out of his mundane life to pass on his expertise and wealth of knowledge to our budding Irish converts.


The Temple Bar District- Our Holy Grail

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Course Location:

Near the tart with the cart (Molly Malone Statue),

Round the corner from Trinity College,

Just off the beaten track of Dame Street,

Somewhere near St Stephen’s Green,

Dublin 1, 2 or 6 (to be confirmed)

Directions:

Depends which direction you are coming from but In general, you know O’Neill’s bar, the one that has the lock -ins regularly? Well it’s not near there. Going down Mount Street you take a left at Kavanagh’s Pub, and keep going until you see McDaids on the right. Cross over and go past McDaids until you see Dicey Reilly’s and turn left.

At the third set of traffic lights you will see The Hairy Lemon Bar. Pop in for a swift half pint of Guinness if you feel the need or if you want to try it alone as an Irish native and get some extracurricular activity in, we are all for that, it shows initiative! Otherwise continue for a mile or two until you see the red neon sign of the college above Naughty Nancy’s Nighties.

In Conclusion:

What being Irish means is an authentic course in becoming a fully fledged Paddy. With step by step guidance from the best leftovers, nut-jobs, screw ups and criminals in the "scraping the barrel" business. We hope you have been suitably impressed and are going to enroll and come along for the ride! It sure won't be boring!

"Being Irish is very much a part of who I am. I take it everywhere with me"

Graduating Gift - The Irish Passport

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Great News!

Hot off the presses, great news! The first swimmers have washed up in County Donegal and are making their way here after a lengthy stay at St John of Gods psychiatric hospital. I am reliably informed their spirits are good although they do seem somewhat confused, agitated and angry. Shouting obscenities such as "That effin' school said they were organising transport" seemed a bit ungrateful and uncalled for. We did after all arrange for an ice sculptured boat, an original idea and was a limited edition. Some people . . . so ungrateful.

The other exciting news is Muhammad Murphy has shown up in Australia, 5 years since he went missing. We received a postcard today and all is well with him. He promises to keep in touch via his solicitor and has instigated legal proceedings against us.

Dublin Pubs: The Hot Spot Role Playing Venues

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A markerThe Brazen Head,Dublin 2, Ireland -
The Brazen Head Hotel, Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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B markerThe Stag's Head, 1 Dame Court, Dublin 2 -
Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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C markerDavy Byrnes, 21 Duke Street, Dublin 2 -
21 Duke St, Dublin, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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D markerJohnnie Foxes, Glencullen, Co Dublin -
Glencullen, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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E markerTemple Bar, Dublin 1 -
1 Temple Bar, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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F markerMcDaids, 3 Harry Street, Dublin -
3 Harry St, Dublin 2, Co. Dublin, Ireland
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      molometer 4 years ago

      I'm a plastic paddy from over the water. Maybe I should enroll lol.

      Great craic!

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Just a minute....I have to wipe my eyes....and I might need to check my shorts for accidents.....Oh my dear Lord, this may be the funniest hub I have read in 8 months.....please tell me you aren't like this during a normal day. I would hurt myself from laughing so hard if I ever visited you. Suzie, you have outdone yourself on this one. Posting on Facebook now!

      thanks my dear friend,

      bill

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi molometer,

      Your inducted into the hall of fame! LOL I am glad you enjoyed this warped world of the Irish ( or this Irish renegade at least!) and we definitely enjoy the craic!! Appreciate your comments and visit!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Bill,

      I have just been in hysterics laughing at your comments! Way too funny!! Hope no accidents followed, the course are not liable you know! I appreciate your comments and I am thrilled you found funny. I had this idea floating around the last few days so tweaked and changed a bit, put the place names ( Nobber and Strangalowilly ) in, in honor of you as I remembered you liked them !! I am still laughing , cheers from Concepta and the gang! :-)

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      Bill Holland 4 years ago from Olympia, WA

      It was Strangalowilly that sent me over the edge. LOL

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      Tammy 4 years ago from North Carolina

      This is hilarious! I love the dry humor. I lost it with the introduction of Mr Pat Mc Groin. I am glad Billybuc shared this on the FB. Thanks for the chuckle!

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      Faye Constantino 4 years ago from Florida

      I too lost it with Pat McGroin but Phil McCrackin is my favorite, I had to say it twice to get it, knew there was a joke in there somewhere and had me slapping my forehead that I had to say it twice! So, great stuff! I actually came overfrom Facebook because I had written and Irish hub a couple of years ago and it was a mix of fact, fiction and whimsy... I recently got a comment that was correcting me on the whimsy part. I hope said comment-er finds his way here, twould certainly serve the bugger right! I'm certain he'd be wanting to know the enrollment cost as you haven't posted it. Watch out for him and make sure you charge him well. :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi tammy!

      So glad you enjoyed me liddle ol' course! It was serious fun putting it together, pick a direction for it and see what happens!! May bring back Pat Mc Groin, he seems a popular guest!!! LOL Appreciate your thoughts and comments always!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Faybe Bay,

      Thanks so much for your comments! Delighted you enjoyed the wit ! You got to be able to laugh at yourself. Look forward to meeting this comment -er if I get the pleasure! Some of them Irish names are hilarious, I was always curious how anybody could inflict Consumpta or Concepta on a poor baby!! Appreciate your visit and heads up!! :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Bill,

      typed this earlier and lost it so apologies ! Thought Strangalowilly would appeal for you!! lol Must get a pic of the place for you!! Cheers my friend :-)

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      O My God! It´s so funny. I laugh all the way down here writing a comment. It´s a craic! I would share this to my facebook account. My Irish friends should read this. Awesome. Thanks for sharing Suzie. I enjoyed it very much.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Thelma,

      So glad you enjoyed the humour! Hopefully your Irish friends will enjoy, its really done as what people perceive us Irish to be and what we are like for example, we often give directions via pubs, its just a natural way to do it and practical!! We are not all big drinkers but do enjoy the "craic" at the pubs! Appreciate your comments and sharing! :-)

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      Paula 4 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

      Suzie....OMG, lass! You took me by surprise.........HYSTERICAL. Genius Comedy. I LOVE this. and I'll be totally honest, based upon my personal experiences with some fabulous Irish friends, whom I adore....THIS COULD ONLY BE WRITTEN BY AN AUTHENTIC GENUINE IRISHMAN!!

      Remember: There are only 2 kinds of people in the world.....The IRISH and THOSE who wish they were. I believe this! UP+++++

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Effer,

      OMG yourself! I am in awe of your comments! You are one of the funniest hubbers around in my book so I take this as a real compliment!! NEVER UNDERESTIMATE US IRISH, gotta watch them quiet ones!! LOL Not that I would class myself as a quiet, shy or retiring type but I have my moments!! Love that there are two types in this world . . . .

      For a wee country we certainly make our mark!! Appreciate your gas comments, votes and support!!!!

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      KDuBarry03 4 years ago

      Love the Irish in me! LOL This is absolutely genius and love this!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi KDuBarry03,

      Glad you enjoyed my warped sense of humor!! Had quite a few laughs writing and re doing as I felt sensors may object!!!LOL Cheers for your much appreciated comments!

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      kaikai 4 years ago from TX

      I love Guinness , love it. It's an interesting articles, follow u already and I am going to add u as interesting!!!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi kai0224liu,

      Thanks for commenting and good to hear you enjoy our biggest export!!

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      molometer 4 years ago

      I forgot the tweet this. I'll do it now. Begorra!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi molometer,

      Your a scream! lol You get a head start for the advanced course( to be confirmed) for tweeting! lol Cheers, appreciate it buddy!!

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      So so funny! I guess I could take up several modules!!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Suzie, I am so stinkin' proud of you! This is A W E S O M E!!!! You did a fantabulous job! I laughed all the way through and then got pissed because I haven't gotten my enrollment papers yet! :) Voted up and shared all of the flippin' place. This was a GREAT way to start my day, thank you!!! :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Audrey,

      So glad you enjoyed!! It was some fun putting together, I can tell you! You never know how work will be received so I am truly delighted you liked the humour! Thanks again Audrey!!!!!! :-)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Ha! You are too kind, Terrye!

      You were inspirational in my having a go at something "a little different" so I am THRILLED you enjoyed so much!

      I'l drop them enrollment papers in the post to ya, may take some time as funds are tight for stamps so need to get the pigeons on board for delivery! No harm though, you can be honorary member if push comes to shove!!! LOL

      Thanks so much for the votes and share, glad I gave you a good start to the day!!!!! :-)

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      Pritchard 4 years ago

      gosh...if only I could have taken this class before traveling to Ireland! Somehow I think seeing Ireland with you would have been much more exciting than a tour of the O'Reilly family history for the last bloody 500 years!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Askme,

      Thanks so much for commenting! You will just have to come back here and do the couse . . .good excuse to have another visit!! LOL

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      vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

      Oh my goodness!! This one HAS to win the funniest hub in the next Hubbie Awards! It's so healthy to be able to poke fun at the stereotypes others have pinned on us, as well. : ) I'm queing up now, even if I have to wait all week. lol

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vespa,

      Ha! you flatterer, glad you enjoyed so much!! lol It is good to be able to laugh at yourself Actually if you bring some of your stunning deserts, you'l skip the queue i am reliably informed!!!!! Thanks so much for your comments, as always!

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      2patricias 4 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      Do you think it is possible for somebody who is Belgian to become Irish?

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Absolutely 2patricias! All overseas visitors welcome!!

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      Terrye Toombs 4 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

      Suzie, I patiently await the arrival of the pigeons! It is always my pleasure to share wonderfully unique and excellent writing! :) You did an incredible job on it and I can't wait to see in which way you challenge yourself again!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Ha!! Terryre you always bring a smile to my face! Well them pigeons may have stopped en route for a quick chin wag at billybucs and may have gotten somewhat delayed!!!! Appreciate your faith in the next saga, may have to incorporate overseas guest lecturers with red hair!!!!! lol

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 4 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Suzie, is the queue to get enrolled long? I don't mind, I have this hub to entertain me all the way! Don't mind reading it over and over again.

      This is one hell of a humorous hub.

      All the votes and sharing the humour.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi rajan,

      Lovely to see you and have your valuable comments, support and votes - Thank you my friend! The course would be delighted to have such an esteemed pupil, list is growing but we will always accommodate and can send you the ice boat if stuck! LOL Appreciate that you enjoyed the sense of humour!

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      Rich 4 years ago from Kentucky

      Suzie -

      I've actually read this before! I have no idea why I didn't comment, for I thought it hilarious, but I obviously didn't. It sounded familiar, and as soon as I say Big Buns Brenda (a man doesn't forget some things) I knew I'd been here! This is indeed one to bring the smile. What bar are we meeting at tonight? lol Great Job!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi RC,

      LOL, The characters were great fun "inventing" and had to tame down down some earlier thoughts! With the interested course applicants I think it would make for quite a crew hitting the Dublin Pub scene!! Thanks so much for your lovely comments and thrilled you enjoyed!!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Oh my God! This was so funny I actually cried with laughter! how many people can say that? soooo funny! my friend in the next room, I keep him in the next room otherwise he escapes a lot, thought I was completely off my rocker! shrieking with laughter is not a good thing at half twelve in the morning! brilliant! Mr Pat Mc Groin started me off again, and then the ending with the swimmers, oh my god my side hurts! gotta share this again! the best time I ever had in a bar was in majorca in the irish bar, so friendly, we all got up and danced and nobody knew anybody! the funny thing was after the first night, the bar lady said to me, want your usual? haha! everybody looked at me as though I was a local! loved it! I went with my friend who is Irish, she comes from Tipperary! I keep telling her its a long way....! voted up and shared! nell

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Nell,

      LOL . . .Glad you found a wee bit humorous then!!! Have visions of you shrieking with laughter late at night! Those Irish bars have a way of sneaking up on you, don't they?? I have gone to them all over the place and some are truly hilarious! Glad Pat went down well ( god excuse the pun!! lol lol ) Appreciate the votes and share Nell, Thanks so much for your great comments!! Your a star! :-)

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      Christine Miranda 4 years ago from My office.

      I am Irish! My 4x gr grandparents were born in Randalstown, Co. Antrim in the early 1800's. They would be so disappointed in me....I don't drink! Can't even stand the smell of beer! Oh well. I can dream. Great hub!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Christine,

      A fellow kinsman I see! Whilst I know Antrim I don't know Randalstown but my partner does as he is from the north . Small world! Glad you enjoyed and don't worry about the not drinking , just come for the craic!! Appreciate your comments! :-~)

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      Rebecca Mealey 4 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Cool Hub, and just in time, (well almost) for St. Pat's Day in March. "top o' the mornin' to yer!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Rebecca,

      Glad you enjoyed the humour here! Us Irish go a bit mad every so often! I reworked the title in time for St Paddy's Day for a bit of "flying the flag". Appreciate you poppin in !!

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      Jasmine 4 years ago

      Hairy Lemon Bar? Who came up with that name? Must be someone Irish! Voted up, funny :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vox,

      Hairy Lemon is a lovely tiny pub I used to go to in the city centre (near Grafton st actually) to kick start a night out!

      Appreciate your having a read and for the thumbs up.

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      Jasmine 4 years ago

      Well, my hubbie and I might visit that one once we finally fulfill our dream and go to Dublin :)

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi vox,

      Well, you will have a warm Irish welcome from a native Dub, what an article that would be for hubpages for us to have a meeting here. Look forward to seeing you in my neck of the woods in the not too distant future and we will go for a drink in the Hairy Lemon!!

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      epigramman 4 years ago

      A very good morning to you Suzanne from lake erie time ontario canada 8:36am with coffee and freshly baked country biscuits where it is a snowy and white scene here today by the lake.

      Everyday is St. Patrick's day as far as I am concerned and this world class hub presentation is the most definite I have ever seen and all done in good humor too.

      I would like you to check out my good buddy Sligobay at the Hub (Gerry) and Bono of U2 has a favorite drink - it's Guiness and champagne mixed together - it's quite lovely actually.

      Sending you warm wishes and good energy from Colin and his cats, Tiffy and Gabriel

      p.s. - didn't Leonard Cohen write 'that' song about you?

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi epigramman,

      What a delight to have you here! fresh home cooking, snowy, lake . . .all sounds great to me!! Glad to hear you enjoyed this wee jaunt. A sense of humor is important in life to hold onto. If you can't laugh at yourself then .. . ...

      I will certainly check out your bud. No doubt you will be raising a glass or two of the black stuff, green stuff or whichever gargle takes your pleasure on 17th March!

      Yep Mr Cohen was without doubt thinking of me as he penned those lyrics!! LOL

      Cheers for your lovely comment, wishes from you all and your support!!

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      Insightful Tiger 4 years ago

      Hilarious! I am at this moment putting on my bathing suit and strapping my boy to a raft so that we can begin the long swim over to you! I've always wanted to see Ireland. I don't have any ancestors from there so I'll have to borrow some, if you got them to spare. Thanks for the laugh! Voted up, awesome, and shared!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Insightful

      We await your imminent arrival , just in time for festivities on St Patricks Day! LOL Thanks so much for reading and delighted you enjoyed the humor!! Always a welcome mat is here for all visitors and you are more than welcome to adopt an ancestor or two!! Thanks for the votes and share, here!!

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      Kathryn 4 years ago from Manchester, Connecticut

      It's a good thing you warned us this was a humor piece, because I would have been inclined to join the class!

      I liked the part about the ice-sculptured boat! Too funny! The whole article was making me laugh. Very creative, and I love how you arranged it similar to what a real course overview would look like.

      Thanks for the laughs! I shared this, because I don't want to hog the funny stuff.

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      Mary Craig 4 years ago from New York

      This is definitely bag on! Boys a boys this is hysterical! I was ready to sing up but see I'm six months late. If I had a smidgin' of cash I'd head out right away.

      Too funny, I almost joined Bill...another wee minute of laughing and who knows! This was the greatest thing since Flemin's baps!

      Voted up, funny, awesome, interesting and shared.

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      Jim Higgins 4 years ago from Eugene, Oregon

      Wonderfully funny and so timely too. Glad Mary shared this one. Makes me want to put on my Higgins Pub County Sligo sweat shirt before I go to my yoga class.

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Kathryn,

      LOL, I changed the title to be a bit more search friendly ( I hope!) and added the humor bit as it is totally made up and I had done it, as you say, in the type of way a normal course may be written. Didi not want people thinking of enrolling seriously! It was so much fun writing and coming up with ideas, names etc . . . .Glad you enjoyed my warped sense of humor! Enjoy your St Pat's meal and festivities American style!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi Mary,

      Glad you enjoyed this so much, Bill's comment left me in hysterics i can tell you!! Looking at the news here and all the things going on for this Patrick's Day weekend, The country is going MAD so maybe the course is more real than fiction!! Huge amount of American visitors are here which is great to see and many are in the parade in Dublin and other cities and towns. Appreciate your votes and shares Mary, have a pint of the green stuff on me this weekend, Cheers!!!

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi xstatic,

      So good to have you visit and common here, delighted you enjoyed the humor! I think your Sligo shirt should be proudly worn for this weekend, not just yoga class! Writing this certainly did prove that this Irish woman has no problem seeing the funny side to being Irish and how it is conceived. Many thanks again, enjoy your St Paddy's Day in Oregon!!

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      torrilynn 4 years ago

      Hi Suzie,

      I love your witty spin on what being "Irish" means

      I am Irish so I know all of this to be factual and true!

      :) thanks for the laugh you are much appreciated

      Voted up and shared

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 4 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi torrilynn,

      So you are Irish, excellent! Delighted you enjoyed the humor, we do love to "take the mickey" as we say here!

      Thanks so much for votes and sharing, have a great weekend!!

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      ellen.fair 3 years ago

      Great reading I am Irish but I need to be better I seem to have lost my lilt x

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      Suzanne Ridgeway 3 years ago from Dublin, Ireland

      Hi ellen,

      Thanks for your comment. Glad you enjoyed this humor!LOL

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