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Memories of my Last Visit to Ireland 1980

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The last time I was in Ireland was the summer of 1980.At the age of 24 my mate and I began our holiday in Kinvarra Co. Galway.We stayed with his relations we were both London Irish and it was a whole different scene for us.We did a lot of drinking and some dancing.One day I climbed some rocks on my own a foolish thing to do but I got away with it.On a hot summers day we helped on the farm I remember herding cattle and stacking hay.
The second part of our journey took us to Cashel,Co. Tipperary,my father's second wife's family lived there.There was more drinking and some dancing.One night the locals gave me pigs trotters and poteen I sang Liverpool Loo and was sick as a dog.I remember banter and phrases used in the area,such as Limerick where the flays eat the man,Dublin jackeen,and culshie and bogman.The local lads would refer to young women as horses.As in she's a fine horse,a bit like saying a nice looking bird in England.I do wonder if such phrases and banter still go on or is it all old hat now.I certainly have great memories of all the great people I met.
 

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Ireland has changed a lot since the 80s, back then it was a more quieter place where you could drive for miles and end up in some rural village with 10 pubs and great banter and craic in each one.

Today its just a copy of England, you can still find some lovely places to visit but unlike the Ireland of old its a much more modern hip place thst will rip you off.

Afternoon tea in a nice hotel could set you back anywhere between 20-30 euro.

The phrases still exist but are used as a racial slur more than a harmless bit of banter.

New words are langer and knacker.
 

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PP, whats wrong with you lad?

36 years since you been home?

Too long away, get back over here and get some real guiness inside you.

Cork, Kerry are beautiful places, you should visit them areas if you havent previously.

Listowl in Kerry is a favourite getaway of mine.
 
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PP, whats wrong with you lad?

36 years since you been home?

Too long away, get back over here and get some real guiness inside you.

Cork, Kerry are beautiful places, you should visit them areas if you havent previously.

Listowl in Kerry is a favourite getaway of mine.
Thanks for the Tipp. It's funny how the years go by I am married and living in Brighton now.Maybe I will visit Ireland again I am an old git of 60 now Brighton is a great place as for home I suppose that's a state of mind.
 

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It's not like you are a million miles away Plastic, drive over for a week. I wish I could visit as easily.
 

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Thanks for the Tipp. It's funny how the years go by I am married and living in Brighton now.Maybe I will visit Ireland again I am an old git of 60 now Brighton is a great place as for home I suppose that's a state of mind.
I dunno if I would agree. The beach in Brighton is covered with stones.
 

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The last time I was in Ireland was the summer of 1980.At the age of 24 my mate and I began our holiday in Kinvarra Co. Galway.We stayed with his relations we were both London Irish and it was a whole different scene for us.We did a lot of drinking and some dancing.One day I climbed some rocks on my own a foolish thing to do but I got away with it.On a hot summers day we helped on the farm I remember herding cattle and stacking hay.
The second part of our journey took us to Cashel,Co. Tipperary,my father's second wife's family lived there.There was more drinking and some dancing.One night the locals gave me pigs trotters and poteen I sang Liverpool Loo and was sick as a dog.I remember banter and phrases used in the area,such as Limerick where the flays eat the man,Dublin jackeen,and culshie and bogman.The local lads would refer to young women as horses.As in she's a fine horse,a bit like saying a nice looking bird in England.I do wonder if such phrases and banter still go on or is it all old hat now.I certainly have great memories of all the great people I met.

I'm afraid you would hardly recognise Ireland now. We have been thoroughly MacDonaldized.
 

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It's not like you are a million miles away Plastic, drive over for a week. I wish I could visit as easily.

I think he is better to stay away and keep his memories untainted by the disgusting reality of what we have fallen to.
 

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Ireland may be bad in the cities but its still worth a visit to the villages around rural Ireland, they at least still hold some of the old ways.

I know many pubs that still stay open till 4am , the local Garda turns a blind eye and the local town drunk stills sings up the Ra.
 
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I think he is better to stay away and keep his memories untainted by the disgusting reality of what we have fallen to.
Dear oh dear Tadgh your such an old misery guts and a shocking negative neddy I'm sure I'd have a great time and still meet lots of lovely people.
 

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Are you going to make the trip Polymer
 
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Ok I get it now Dan.Getting all technical.Anyway I don't know my life has changed a lot and I don't have the same connections I used to have in Ireland.Maybe I will visit the land of my ancestors again,if I do I'll probably post it on this forum.
 

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Well it would be of great interest to hear your account. I assume you have a spouse to accompany you. Otherwise save a few quid and visit Boston. I have met people that got fantastic bargains in the off season. One couple got a long weekend and put into the Park Plaza Hotel for I think he said about 700 euro.
 

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https://www.expedia.com/Boston-Hote...36&paandi=true&isDirectFlight=0&adultsPerRoom[1]=2&ttla=BOS&hlrId=0&toDate=02/13/2017&numberOfRooms=1&destinationId=178239&packageType=fh&fromDate=02/10/2017&currentFlights=ed67df5a0c93cab9f338280f48b62775,1fc7a3459f6e46b2b6f54c8697e740ab&defaultFlights=ed67df5a0c93cab9f338280f48b62775,1fc7a3459f6e46b2b6f54c8697e740ab&originId=178279&ftla=LON&infantsInSeats=1&langid=1033&prices=1615.64&inttkn=oLgxQE21edE5635J

Here you go 1620 dollars . 3 nights in a downtown hotel plus flights for 2 people.

Why go to Tipperary and meet RockofCashel when you can go to Boston and meet Youngdan