5. Confusing Phrases
Some commonly used phrases in Ireland can befuddle you. For instance, “Are you okay there?” is the traditional Irish phrase for “How may I help you?” It can be rather unsettling at first, when you just enter a pub and do not know most of the names on the beer list, nor the items on the food menu, and are greeted with this phrase; but all it really means is an offer of help/guidance from the smiling, gap-toothed bartender.
6. Fish & Chips FTW?
Kitchens in Ireland usually shut by 9 pm in the evening – this is a vital piece of information, especially in the summers, when the sun regularly sets post 10 pm. Travelers may be tempted to make use of the longer day and return indoors later than planned, but be sure to grab a bite sometime before 9 pm, unless you don’t mind frequenting fish & chip shops for dinner for the length of your stay – I know I grew sick of it by the end of my stay.