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The golden rule of Irish pub etiquette? If someone is asking whose round is it, then it’s almost definitely your turn

Tanya Sweeney


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‘There’s a blessedly grey area, post Leaving Cert, where your older relatives are only delighted to buy you a pint out of sheer novelty’

‘There’s a blessedly grey area, post Leaving Cert, where your older relatives are only delighted to buy you a pint out of sheer novelty’

‘There’s a blessedly grey area, post Leaving Cert, where your older relatives are only delighted to buy you a pint out of sheer novelty’

My dad tells me a story of something that happened 40 years ago, although it’s so animatedly imprinted on his memory it may as well have happened last week. When he was in his 20s, a new man was introduced into their social circle. He was the new boyfriend of a friend of one of their girlfriends. He was English, a doctor, had been educated privately over in That London. Given that they were rough-around-the-edges men from Donegal who had mattresses in the back of their work vans, they thought of him as a bit cosseted. A bit sheltered about the ways and means of life.

Then they got to the pub.


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