25 things you really don't miss about Ireland


Ireland debt is now €137 billion, and counting.

13. Begrudgery

We can't just be happy for anyone. Whether it's our next-door neighbour getting a new car, or the lad down the road winning money in the lotto when they hadn't a bit of need for it.

14. Kilkenny winning everything

Speaking of begrudgery: wouldn't it be great for a change if someone else won the All-Ireland hurling title?

15. The price of stuff

They say you can buy a vodka and dash for a pound in the UK ... A pound!

The prices of the following items in Ireland need to addressed: Drink, food, cinema tickets, tickets to music gigs, cars, rent, medicine, visits to the doctor, taxis, the bus, gadgets, laptops, iPhones, magazines, newspapers, coffee, Pringles, grapes, cereal, fake priest collars, fancy dress costumes in general, Christmas trees, insurance, car tax, razor blades, and dog food.

16. The Angelus

I don't know anyone that stops collecting eggs in their chicken coup and looks vaguely into the distance when the Angelus comes on. Do you?

17. Neighbours gossiping

This is most relevant to those living in the country. The parish knows what you ate for your breakfast. They know when you haven't been to mass, what you were up to Saturday night, and whether or not you drove down the road yesterday. People in the city can never fully appreciate the fact that your neighbours probably don't know you from Adam.

18. Chuggers

'Hi there, do you have a minute to chat about Concern?' No I do not.

19. Getting stuck behind tractors

It's not even the fact that they're tractors – it's the fact that they're 30-year-old tractors; with no windows or doors on the cab, with an empty bag of meal tied up as a wind breaker where the back window used to be, and they're been driven by a middle-aged man who spends the entire time looking into far away fields, while more and more fertiliser falls out of their spreader after every bump they hit.

20. The country shutting down whenever it snows

It's funny how we spend so much time talking about it, yet when we actually get some newsworthy weather, we're completely unprepared to deal with it. Especially when it snows, as we've unfortunately found out over the last few years. I for one truly hope that the councils have learnt their lesson, won't run out of salt again this year. The last thing we want is a repeat of this:

21. The country shutting down on Good Friday

OK the country shutting down when it snows is slightly understandable, but there's no excuse for places closing on a Good Friday. If people don't want to eat meat or drink alcohol that's fair enough, but what about everyone else in the country?

22. Dole queues

They're a horrible, horrible place.

23. The nitelink

Board the bus at your peril. A place where drunken vandals, philosophers, and Casanovas alike meet so that they can get sick all over you.

24. Dublin clampers

They clamped a car that was blocking the A&E at the Mater hospital once. Can anyone explain how that makes the slightest bit of sense?

25. Nettles

The bane of so many youngsters' lives. They get you when you least expect it. Whether it's when you're delving in after a stray ball, running through fields, playing hide'n'seek, or chasing your dog, the shock is almost as bad as the sting.

Sure, other countries are full of animals and plants that will actually kill you, but at least you won't be running around the place looking for a dock leaf every week.

Read 25 ways you know you were brought up in the Irish countryside here.