Irish Things That Baffle Foreigners
Ireland's obsession with tea goes back a long time, all the way back to our colonial days, most likely. And despite the Celtic Tiger rise of green teas, alternative teas, Tea infusions, and so on, the traditional cup of "scald", as they call it down the Wesht, still rules the roost. Most of us have had the old "Lyons versus Barry's" debate at some stage in our lives.
It's a debate that really confuses Larry Donnelly, an American in Galway. In fact, our fascination with that little act of putting a few black leaves into a cup of hot water, mixing in the little milk and sugar, and suddenly being at peace with the world, leaves him completely perplexed.
And that's not the only thing that mystifies him about the Irish. Why do we prefer rugby and soccer over our native Gaelic games? What's with that whole Eurovision thing?
Larry is a native of Boston, Massachusetts, but has dual Irish and American passports. He's a law lecturer at NUI Galway and a columnist at thejournal.ie, and he recently wrote a column entitled 10 Things I Still Just Don't Get About Ireland, and he joins us today from RTÉ's Galway studio to explain what those things are, and why he doesn't get our relationship with them!
To read Larry's original article, click here.