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7 things you can always be certain of in Ireland

As reliable as clockwork.

WHILE THE WEATHER in Ireland might be ridiculously changeable, meaning you don’t know what to wear on any given day, other things in Ireland tend to be more… certain.

No matter what part of the country you’re in you can be guaranteed these things happen on the regular – in fact you’ve probably done at least one today.

Here are just seven things you can always count on happening in Ireland. If you have any more let us know in the comments below.

1. Putting clothes on the line = rain

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Or even snow. But usually rain. No matter how nice the day is looking, if you decide to dry clothes outside… well, on your own head be it. Keep an ever-watchful eye and be ready to dash out at a moment’s notice.

2. Any conversation with an Irish person will mention weather

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Speaking of the weather, you won’t get too far into a conversation with anyone in the country before it inevitably turns to the weather.

Whether it’s the fact that it’s raining, that it’s not raining right now, or it’s due to rain shortly, it’s a guarantee that you’ll end up discussing the weather pretty soon into the conversation. There’s no escaping it, so just roll with it.

Yes, it does look like rain.

3. Visiting someone’s house means tea and biscuits

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It’s a point of pride in Irish homes that as soon as you walk in the door, the kettle goes on. You mightn’t even drink tea, but you’ll be offered it. Repeatedly. Better just to accept and become a tea drinker.

Of course, if you don’t get offered them, well, it’s all over between you.

4. There are no strangers

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When you meet someone new, you’ll definitely know someone they know and neither of you will be happy until you’ve worked out who you have in common.

Even if it takes all night, you’re going to find out. It’s your sovereign duty as an Irish person.

5. Bye… bye… bye-bye… bye now… bye

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You never get off the phone without saying ‘bye’ at least 18 times. We’re not sure where it came from or how it’s become a thing, but that’s the way it is now.

It almost becomes a competition to see who can get the most byes in, even as you’re hanging up the phone, you’re still saying, ‘Ok, bye now, bye… bye… bye-bye… Bye!’

6. A Child of Prague will get called into action

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Whenever there’s a special event like a wedding or a communion, or even just Saturday, the Child of Prague gets brought out to work its magic.

The poor statue has a lot of pressure on it, but credit where credit’s due – when the chips are down, more often than not the Child of Prague pulls it out of the bag.

7. You will bump into someone you know on holiday

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You could be rafting down the Amazon, but you’ll still manage to bump into someone from home. And if by some miracle you don’t meet someone you’ve actually met before, you’ll meet someone who knows someone you know. Y’know?

What other things are guaranteed to happen in Ireland? Let us know in the comments below.

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