It isn’t easy being a foreigner living in another country. Not a day goes by that you don’t miss your mum’s home-cooked meal, your mates’ antics, and those little things and quirks that make your home country unique and special. If you’re an Irish expat, you can probably relate to the following situations that best describe what it’s like to live abroad.
1. Your Irish accent makes you stand out.
People think your accent is cute. And thanks to that, you appear more attractive than you actually are.
2. You fear losing your accent.
Because your accent gives you extra points from the opposite sex, you fear the day when someone says your accent has become very mild. You’ve become paranoid about losing that thing that makes you extra charming.
3. You can get away with being a little eccentric.
You may act weirdly at times and more often than not, your friends pay no mind to it. Most of them probably believe that it’s quite normal amongst the Irish, anyway.
4. You spend a lot of time expounding on the cultural significance of curry chips and hurling.
You always find yourself explaining the cultural significance of curry chips and arguing about the skill involved in a game of hurling. However, it seems that you’re the only one who finds this interesting.
5. You tell everyone you’re from “just outside Dublin.”
Whenever someone asks you where exactly in Ireland are you from, you tell them that you’re from “just outside Dublin.” This is to avoid the blank looks and the endless “is that near the ring of Kerry?” questions.
6. You always ask your old folks to send you a care package containing Tayto’s or Barry’s tea.
Back home, you never paid Tayto’s or Barry’s tea any attention. But when you moved overseas, you always find yourself begging your parents or relatives to send you some.
7. The longer you spend away from home, the more you transform into a wannabe Gaeilgeoir.
You start crying to Christy Moore songs and practicing your local tongue. You also give your kids Irish names that no one can spell.
8. You’ve become a health freak.
When you go back home, you are accused of being a health freak. You go for a run once a week and you add more vegetables to your meal.
9. You realise how weird a lot of Irish Catholic traditions are.
Staying in another country made you realise how odd some Irish Catholic traditions are, like dressing up little girls as brides, for instance.