Friday 9 December 2016

Buses, barmen, and other things we fool tourists about

Perhaps it's time to stop wondering what visitors here think of us and just give them some practical help, writes Liam Collins

Published 23/08/2015 | 02:30

Tourists in Ireland might just need some practical help
Tourists in Ireland might just need some practical help

Why does nobody tell the tourists that you have to put out your hand or the bus just won't stop? This thought was prompted last week by the sight of about five tourists standing outside a Dublin hotel looking bewildered as buses hurried past them into town, leaving them standing open-mouthed in their wake.

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Why does no one tell them that putting out your hand to stop the bus is an Irish eccentricity, a secret the locals only know?

It's only a small thing, but it got me to thinking: what else don't we tell the tourists?

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