Put the kettle on. A phrase used every day in every house in Ireland. Everyone knows it means make a cup of tea.
Are you a Barry's family or a Lyons one? Or the new kid on the block - Campbell's?
Tea covers all ails - sympathy, encouragement, a little chat, family crises, bereavement or celebration. What would we do without it?
Our emigrants ask that Barry's tea is sent to them in their new homeland but then complain it tastes different. "It's the water" is the usual explanation.
But tea tastes different whether you use tea bags or tea leaves.
Whether it's Barrys or Lyons or Campbells.
Whether you put the milk in first or last.
Whether you drink from a china cup or a mug.
Whether you use a tea pot or not.
The Irish drink a higher grade of tea than our neighbours in the UK. This apparently is because, during the war the British had to make do with a cheaper blend which they then grew accustomed to, and so never changed back once the war was over.
An old favourite is a tea brack. Often enjoyed by non-tea drinkers. Try it out - after all it's the time for brack, coming up to Halloween.
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