(Aside from friends and family that is)
- Garlic chips and cheese from Supermacs
- See number 1 above (but change the consumption time of said delicacy from 4pm to 1am)
- Battered sausages – at any time
- The West of Ireland – really is a stunning place. I like knowing that I can go there – I never do but it’s a nice thought.
- Ryanair have a hub here – it’s a festering pit of an airline, where even a shorty like myself has legroom constraints but it has a plethora of destinations to travel to – although book in advance kids. Oslo anyone?
- Pubs – or Irish pubs as they’d be called in Amsterdam
- Theatre – in English. The Netherlands has theatre in English also, but for obvious reasons – language – the choice is more limited than here.
- Stand-up comedy – true a lot of it is embarrassing, toe-curling tripe, but as that’s the general consensus, you’re in on the joke
- Sally O’Brien – and the way she might look at you. Okay this is a private joke for the over 40s who remember the Harp lager adverts from the 1980s.
- The deli counter in the Dunnes Stores on Talbot Street
- Table quizzes. Having an event? Wedding/funeral/play/kidney operation? Well unless you’ve had a fundraising table quiz then the event won’t be complete. I am quite good at these and they unleash my rarely seen competitive streak.
- Vicar Street concert venue – it’s no Paradiso that’s for sure, but it has its own charm.
- The yellow ‘reduced to clear’ stickers they put on the food in the Marks and Spencer Simply Food shop across the road from where I live
- The word ‘gowl’ – as used in Limerick as a term of affectionate insult – to wit ‘Shut your hole you great big gowlbag’
- Affectionate insult in general – this is not massively healthy if it’s used as a means of avoiding real emotion but on occasion a comment like ‘The f*cking state of you’ is exactly what the doctor ordered.
- Larry Gogan’s Just-A-Minute Quiz
- The all-you-can-eat halal Indian buffet in the Moore Street Mall for 6.99Eur – best to limits your trips. One plate is never enough
- Guinness – it’s an urban legend that it tastes better in Ireland than abroad. It’s a national myth that it tastes better in Dublin than outside of Dublin. I choose to believe it.
- The 2nd hand bookshop underneath the bridge near Connolly Station
- In 80 minutes you can be abroad. Somewhere exotic. Like Amsterdam.
Must book my summer trip.