Irish People, They No Happy

30 Aug

Irish People, they no happy.

German woman, she make nasty article about Irish People in Swiss paper.

Cork 96FM, they translate article.

Irish People, they read translation.

They no happy.

You see, people like to herd themselves into groups and then they like to comment on other people in other groups and they often say nasty things about these other groups often based on certain typical behaviours.  Now the people in the groups being commented on, they tend not to like that.  So what do they do in response?

Exactly the same thing.

So we have a German person saying nasty things about the Irish in a Swiss paper and then we get the Irish people, in turn, saying nasty things about the Germans and Swiss.

I could get quite pissy at this point.  I could point to a number of things that have happened to me and my family while in this Emerald Isle that point to the stereotypes that people have about the Irish and I could be very very pissy about it.

But I won’t.

Because I don’t believe that the answer to someone being an inconsiderate arse hat in my direction is to be an inconsiderate arse hat back.

I think that’s childish.  It’s about Give and Take, ultimately.  If you don’t want to take it don’t give it out.  And if someone gives out to you, just take it.  Otherwise we lead to escalation.  And it all gets out of hand.
Do we need the two most neutral countries in Europe, Switzerland and Ireland, fighting each other?

1 Comment

Posted by on August 30, 2012 in Commentariat, Newsy


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One response to “Irish People, They No Happy

  1. Ciarán Ó Raghallaigh

    August 31, 2012 at 7:38 am

    Stuff about alcohol and cute-hoorism is par for the course when anyone wants to do some Ireland-bashing. It’s no big deal, we need to not get worked up about it and it’s no worse than what some Irish tabloids have been saying of late about Germans.

    Where the nastiness reaches a new level is where she writes about the incest, the genetic deformities caused by it, the talk of the Irish government advising couples getting married to have their DNA checked. This is not stereotyping, it’s pure lies and no-one should be trying to defend this.

    It’s not that she said it about Ireland. Anyone who says such things about any nation deserves to be called to answer. If an Irish journalist or magazine wrote such primitive nonsense about Jews or gypsies, there would be outrage.

    In the 1940s, Europe – with a grimace of disgust – brushed into the dustbin this eugenicist drivel. But, it appears to linger on in the minds of a backward looking few.


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