9. The Romanticism
Every Irishman/woman is a poet, dancer, musician and an alcoholic in varying proportions – there’s a degree of over-dramatization involved in that statement, but it’s a necessary abrasion. The Irish are what I’d like to describe as the ‘romantics’. Pub-owners double up as musicians; poetry and story-telling sessions spring up extempore on any given evening; and noise levels progressively go higher as the consumption of the locally approved brew increases. The order of the day can quickly change from one form of art to the other, I suspect, sometimes even the locals do not know what’s in store for the evening.
10. The Self-Deprecating Modesty
The Irish are modest & self-deprecating to the point of becoming quite exasperating. Have you ever had that really hot friend who puts up pictures on social media, only for every post to end up becoming a ‘mutual admiration club’ with every person commenting on it calling the other ‘hotter’? This feels exactly like that! For someone quite as obviously in love with the country as I am, it can get quite frustrating when a local plays the “aah! it’s nothing; life MUST be better in your part of the world” card. For excellent conversationalists, modesty is a very highly appreciated value, advocated from early childhood – even the famous Irish humor is often characteristically self-deprecating & often starts with a pot-shot at something Irish.