What defines an Irish childhood? Well according to Twitter it can be boiled down to these 7 things that are common to all generations.
Using the hashtag #GrowingUpIrish, Twitter users across the country reminisced about their youth and what they remember growing up in Ireland. Despite age differences it seems there are some common experiences we all had. See if these 7 sound familiar, they were the most common in the list.
1. Flat 7-UP Is the Ultimate Medicine
2. Bye, Bye, Bye, Bye, Bye….
Yes, it’s the end of the phone call where you say more than you said in the whole call before it. I’m not sure if we just feel we have to have the last word or what, but it seems all phone calls amongst Irish people end the same way. Thank God for texting and other modern communication methods!
3. Fear Of Leaving The Immersion On
4. Wallpapering Your School Books
In most countries school books are covered in a plastic laminate to protect them. In Ireland we use the wallpaper.
6. Spending The Day In The Pub with a Bottle Of Coke and a Pack Of Tayto
7. The Late Late Toy Show
These were the most popular suggestions but here are another few that raised a memory for us
- Making Up Sins You Committed So You’d Have Something To Tell In Confession
- A Fear Of The Wooden Spoon
- Thanking The Bus Driver
- Spending your summer holidays in a caravan as the rain pelted down outside.
- An bhfuil cead agam dul do dtí an leithreas, maith sé do thul é?
So there we have it. Something all generations have in common. Of course there were other memories as well, often age-dependent. But these are the ones that seem to be common to everyone. Are there any that were missed?