Chatting Round the World Survival Guide


Over the years I have collected generic anecdotes which come in handy when I meet people that aren’t from Monkstown. ‘When I ask where are you from?’ Im not trying to be racist.Im not looking to see if you are coming over here and taking our jobs or giving Northern Irelands gene pool a much needed stir. I genuinely just want to chat. I’m just trying to find common ground. Something to start the chat. Once that ground has been established then off we go!!! I often find that the next thing I bring up is whatever little known fact I have stored in my brain about that place. I realise that could be offensive but as the old saying goes ‘If you offend everyone in the world, you offend no one in the world’. So here is a list of what I will say to you if you mention the city or country or continent where you are from. Starting with Northern Ireland then branching out, It is clear that my knowledge gets vaguer the further away I get.

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Our Wee Excuses: NI vs Iceland


Last night I watched with admiration and amazement as a country with a population smaller than Belfast and managed by a dentist played the England national football team off the park. Iceland play with calmness,courage and self belief that is now paying off on the biggest stage of all in European football. Looking back, was it really such a big deal that we beat England in 2005? (‘Hey everyone, we beat England!’…. ‘Well, a lot of people have beaten England’)iceland vs england Continue reading “Our Wee Excuses: NI vs Iceland”

7 Tips On How To Grow Old and Bald Gracefully


Disclaimer: I wrote this article with full support from members of the bald and follically challenged community… Some of my best friends are bald.

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I can’t believe he’s Northern Irish (18 Celebrities With Links To Northern Ireland)


For such a small country Northern Ireland definitely makes a big noise.

With Game of Thrones being filmed here as well as prominent actors such as Liam Neeson, Jamie Dornan and James Nesbitt doing their bit in Hollywood, NI is being mentioned in more positive tones around the world.

That’s all the obvious stuff out of the way, so here’s a list (extended) of celebrities with lesser known links to our wee country… Continue reading “I can’t believe he’s Northern Irish (18 Celebrities With Links To Northern Ireland)”