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Sunday 1 October 2023 Dublin: 17°C
7 situations bound to make every Irish person uncomfortable

AS THE WISE, ancient traditional Irish proverb goes: “Scarlet for your Ma for having ya.”

Hospitality and great craic aside, one thing we Irish do well is a side portion of utter, utter mortification. We’re easily prone to the blushes, otherwise known as pulling a total reddener.

But what situations provoke this puce state most often? You might regret asking that…

1. Daaaad

Dad jokes around your friends or baby photos from your Mam. And let’s not even get onto the images of your Dad dancing at a wedding after a few sherries…Embarrassing no matter your age, to be quite honest.


2. Wave of emotion

Step 1: Wave back at someone.

Step 2: Realise they were waving at someone behind you.

Step 3: Shame spiral.

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3. To tell or not to tell…

Here’s a question for you: if you don’t know the person you’re talking to that well and they have something in their teeth or on their face (or god forbid, a bat in the cave), would you tell them?

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4. Sentbox of doom

Nothing worse after a good night out than a bad night’s message sentbox. To send an apology text or to pretend the whole thing never happened? That’s a choice only you can make.


5. Caught in a trap

Allow us to set the scene: Work lift. Your boss. The week after a frankly inappropriate incident at the Christmas party that involved a pint, a balloon animal and just unfortunate timing. Oh dear.

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6. Flying solo

There’s little worse than waiting on a mate alone in a café and/or pub, only for someone unwanted to show up before they arrive – think a large group of people you don’t know very well, or perhaps even your ex. Nnnooo.

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7. Dead lock

Wars have been waged, battles raged and families torn apart by this uncomfortable moment. When the bill arrives… And both parties are hell-bent on paying for the meal. (Or even worse, when someone should really offer but they don’t, and suddenly their eyes are glued to the ceiling).

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What’s one situation you always find yourself pure morto in? Let us know in the comments.

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