Boo Hoo …ElaineÂ O’ Connor ( Isaacs HostelÂ Â and Jacobs InnÂ staff) isÂ sadly leaving us toÂ head to the Big AppleÂ Â or a yearÂ ..We Â willÂ missÂ you Elaine and your blagging …Here are her final musings ….
Â TOP 3 THINGS Iâ€™LL MISS ABOUT DUBLIN.
Like many an immigrant before me, Iâ€™ve got my ticket for the â€œpromise landâ€. Soon Iâ€™ll be touching down in JFK Airport, leaving the green (albeit soggy) grass of home behind meâ€¦for a year anyway. As the clock keeps ticking down and my imminent departure looms I canâ€™t help but think of all the things Iâ€™ll miss about my hometown DublinCity.
The one thing I probably fear the most about going to New York is that I will automatically be judged as an alcoholic just because Iâ€™m having a pint at 2pm on a Tuesday afternoon. For me going for a casual pint or a cup of coffee are the same. You donâ€™t necessarily drink to get drunk in Ireland itâ€™s above all, I think, a social thing. The best ways to kill a few hours with your mates (or even the best way to make new friends, if just for the afternoon) is to go have a â€œschoopâ€ in the pub. Iâ€™m not talking about pounding shots at a nightclub; this is sipping a pint of Guinness and just relaxing. Hopefully, I will find some other casual drinkers like myself across the pond as I think the days of doing Jagerbombs are behind me.
- The â€œCraicâ€
It sounds so clichÃ©d I know but the laugh and random banter you can have with complete strangers at any given time of the day here is like any other city Iâ€™ve been to. The Irish know how to â€œtalk the ear off ya sureâ€ and most tourists that come here always comment on how friendly most of the people here are. Saying that, thereâ€™s good and bad anywhere but I do love the occasional sing-a-long on the last bus home orchestrated by the old cheery drunk who refuses to sit in polite silence when heâ€™s just in such a good mood or the many Taxi rides home that Iâ€™ve stayed an extra 10 minutes in the car just chatting to the driver because the conversation was so good and the journey was too short.
- Live Music
Not that you cannot find this anywhere else but I do love, not just live concerts and gigs, but the small pub sessions and the buskers in Dublin. This is what most people come here to find but end up in Temple Bar listening to yet another rendition of â€˜Galway Girlâ€™, instead Iâ€™ll miss the afternoon informal trad sessions in a local. If youâ€™re not in the mood to sit indoors on a possibly (though unlikely) sunny day, taking a stroll down Grafton Street during the day is the best way to find amazing undiscovered talented Irish musicians.
*****Also, this didnâ€™t quite make the list but it is definitely noteworthy and the most Irish thing you can rarely find anywhere else â€“ â€œTaking the Mickâ€. I find most cultures tend not to self deprecate themselves but the Irish do nothing better than take the absolute piss out of each other and ourselves.
ElaineÂ xÂ So long,Â I willÂ miss youÂ guys Â !