Happy Easter! Though I do love tucking into my mom’s sunday roast and all the yummy chocolate easter eggs, today marks something much more special than just eating good food.
This easter marks the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising in Ireland. All around the country Irish people are marking the occasion with parades, re-enactment of the historical fight and celebrating what it means to be Irish and why we’re proud to be Irish.
In honour of this special day of remembrance I wanted to list out the reasons why I love this green island and why I’m proud to be Irish 😀
(There’s no place like home)
The language- Though not every Irish person is lán le gaeilge (fluent) those of us who are understand how great it is. While some may say it’s a dying language, and I’ll admit at one point so did I, it is a significant part of our culture one which should be celebrated and protected. There’s a beauty to being able to speak the language of your country. I’ve only realised how lucky I am to do this in the last while.
The Food- I always miss certain foods when I’m away from home, especially things that taste different in other countries and just don’t seem the same. Butter and potatoes are two examples of this but there are a few things I can’t seem to get when I’m abroad (usually). Potato waffles, Mi Wadi (yes I know I’m such a child), beans (in a tomato sauce-weird how hard this is to find in the U.S.), cadbury’s chocolate, Tayto’s and PROPER irish tea. The closest thing I could get to what tasted like irish tea was a pack that said english blend in the states. Not cool America, not cool.
The People- I love Irish people, I think we’re hilarious and brilliant. We say hi to everyone. We flash our car lights and each other to warn for the gardai coming. We can’t say no and won’t say when we have a problem with something. We put our faith in our futures on the power of the holy candles (exam memories here guys) and absolutely any situation can be solved by having a cup of tae first (tae irish spelling of tea). All around we’re pretty weird but I love it especially the craic we have (disclaimer reference of craic is to fun not the drug 😀 )
Penneys- Because its just amazing no explanation needed 😀
The late late Toy show- Christmas countdown doesn’t begin until you have watched the late late toy show. It is a symbol of childhood christmases and even as an adult I still love it. One of my goals in life is to be a member of the audience because “And there’s one for everyone in the audience” is something I want to be a part of 😀
Supermacs- Night out, junk food craving or its just a friday are the reasons why you get a smacs. The treasure of the takeouts in Ireland. A place I would really miss if I ever left Ireland. McDonalds has nothing on this place. My preference is a plain cheese burger and a regular chips with a coke. And you haven’t lived until you’ve gotten a heated muffin with ice cream inside.
Tea- I’m team Barry’s!
The pubs- a.k.a. bars. There the locations of may occasions and celebrations. Famous matches have been watched in these places and many a good pints have been drank. People outside of Ireland don’t really get it, they think we’re all alcoholics but its not just about the drinking. We gather together in pubs and create memories. I’ve had so many laughs down in my local pub with my family and neighbours. Not to mention you could get some of the best feeds of your life in an Irish pub 😀
The Radio- iradio, 4fm, today fm etc.. The familiar voices we wake up to and drive home to every day. I would really miss this. It’s always something I think of when I’m in another country. I can even associate certain radio presenters with periods of my life or what they were talking about at a certain time and what I was doing then.
Finally one of the things that I love about Ireland and that makes me so proud to be Irish is our history. This little island may have been here for hundreds of years but it has only been a republic for a short while and our journey to get to this point was certainly a long and tough one. The Men and women of Ireland on this day a hundred years ago risked their lives and the lives of their families to make Ireland a republic, a country that belonged to the people of Ireland and no one else. I’m proud to say I’m Irish and I’m so grateful to our ancestors for giving us our freedom. Their bravery is something we should always remember and aspire for.
Happy Easter readers and I hope you’re proud of your country too! Let me know if I missed anything in the comments below 🙂