yer pardon, miss...
Irish accent is beautiful and lilting. You
could listen to it forever. But what on earth
are these good folks saying? Yes, it's English,
all right. But Ireland has its own unique
vocabulary. To test your I.L.Q. (Irish Lingo
Quotient), translate the following:
dinner, she tried the kedgeree,
followed by chocolate afters and
hot cha. After getting a new bazzer,
off she went to check out the local
talent in a pub renowned for its crac.
By midnight, after dancing up a storm,
she was completely knackered, and
returned sensibly to her B&B to get
a good night's sleep.
some help? Here's a mini-dictionary of Irish
a dish of flaked fish, boiled rice, and
for something fun and cultural to do in Dublin?
Have we got a treat for you!
Dublin Literary Pub Crawl, a tour
of some of the city's most famous drinking
establishments, starts at 7:30 p.m. every
evening from April to November (from November
to April, it's on from Thursday to Saturday,
7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 12:00 p.m. and 7:30
p.m.). 10 years running, this tour combines
books, beer, and live entertainment. Two actors
lead each group from pub to pub, following
in the footsteps of James Joyce, W.B. Yeats,
Paddy Kavanagh, and other great Irish scribes.
Dublin's always had a superb reputation for
producing world-class writers-and for having
some of the world's best pubs. This tour puts
the two together in an evening you'll never
forget. What a way to see the city at night-especially
if you're a solo traveller.
Dublin Literary Pub Crawl starts every
evening at the Duke Pub in Duke Street. You
can pay at the door or book through the Dublin
Tourism office in Suffolk Street. For more
information, e-mail email@example.com
Seeking advice about Ireland...
Roxanne B. writes...
considering moving to Ireland to work for
a year (I'm an architect presently living
in Halifax, Canada). I'm very interested
in hearing from other women who have lived
in Ireland--especially Canadians and other
professionals, worldwide. I know I'll love
it, and I probably won't want to leave at
the end of my visa! But I'd like to
get as much insider information as possible
before I go. I'm aiming for Dublin, but
I've had some interest from a firm in Roscommon
(small town in the center of the country)
as well. Please send your advice to: firstname.lastname@example.org
on Ireland's B&B's in the Journeywoman archives.