Nine things Irish people really should give up for Lent

Lent is almost upon us so some of you may be considering what to give up. Let us help...

Chocolate, crisps and beer? Nah, here's what we as a nation really should disown for the next 40 days.

1. MOANING

Good God, but we love to whinge.

Whether it's about the weather, the bankers,the potholes, The Late Late Show, the price of petrol, austerity… there's nothing we like better that a good auld moan.

(See also: Begrudgery)

Imagine 40 days and 40 nights free of this:

(Signalxfmdublin via YouTube)

WARNING: This vid contains serious amounts of swearing. Something else we should be giving up, except in this case.

2. WRITING TO ANGELA

Angela Merkel cares not a jot whether you are at work, in bed eating your breakfast or teaching Mandarin Chinese to the dog.

Angela Merkel could not give a Scheisse - she has more to be doing. Stop it.

3. ORANGE TANS

A la Dublin Housewives, Tallafornia and Rosanna Davidson.

The sun hasn't shone since July 13, 2009.

Yisser not fooling anyone girls (and lads)

Enough already.

(Picture: PA)

4. MAKING EEJITS OF OURSELVES WHEN THE SUN DOES SHINE

Forget your orange spray-on, this is a real Irish tan. It might not be current at the mo (let's face it, when is it ever current?), but we do tend to go a bit mad when there is a bit of solar action going on.

(Picture via halfagiraffe.tv)

5. HORSEBURGER JOKES

We've heard them all.

Twice.

(Addendum: Dear Internet. Using Father Ted images for memes. IT'S BEEN DONE).

6. PLOUGHING AS A COMPETITIVE SPORT

Those horses are needed for the burgers.

(Picture: Dan Linehan)

7. BRESSIE

"ZOMG IT'S BRESSIE!!!! SQUEEE!!!"

Oh shut up.

(Thanks to Brian McEvoy for this shot of Br*ssie in Clane)

As Kian says, it's not the Bressie show....

(Via YouTube)

8. NOSTALGIA

Cripes but we love to fondly reminisce about our school books / old TV shows / long-forgotten sweets blah blah blah.

Enough already.

GET OVER IT.

We use tablets at school now and watch programmes on the computer. And sure don't we have those Ye Olde Sweet Shops everywhere too...

(Some Cork schoolies dumping their oul schoolbooks, we suspect. And good riddance too! Picture: Richard Mills).

9. LOSING THE RUN OF OURSELVES

We can get a bit carried away when we win something.

And we should stop.

Because when we do win, we go from this...

To this.

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