As previously discussed, I am a country bird at heart. Even though I live about twenty minutes from Dublin city centre, I still classify myself as a country girl. There are only so many things you can do to keep it country. . .
Go to Coppers
Coppers, or Copper Face Jacks if you’re posh, is the epitome 0f Culchie watering hole in Dublin. Frequented by farmers, nurses and students, you could find anyone in there. The later the hour, the “classier” the venue becomes. If you find yourself in Coppers on any given night, remind to hand your dignity in when you give your coat in to the cloakroom.
Watch a GAA match. Even if your county isn’t playing.
The townies can have their rugby and their foreign game. We want the GAA and that’ll do us. The championships begin in February and if you’re lucky, TG4 might have coverage of your county (or a club in your county) on telly. This is an opportunity to sit on the couch with a hag sangich (ham sandwich) and a flask of tea and watch what can only be described as a blood bath.
Wear your county jersey at all opportunities
Similar to the above tip, it is vital to bring your county jersey with you when packing for college. Wear your beloved county colours with pride at any given opportunity. Wear them at the gym to impress everyone. Go out on the pitch for a kick around and watch the ladies swoon as they discover you know how to kick a 45. Wear it to lectures and begin a heated debate with one of the others in the class who lives in a rival county.
Seek out your fellow countymen
It might not even take very long for you to find someone else who comes from the same place as you do. There could even be someone local(ish) in the same class When you find someone who lives in the same county as you, it can create feelings of pride akin to winning a provincial final. You now have someone you can discuss the GAA with, and someone who will actually know where you mean when you say where you’re from, because there’s a chance they may have heard of it.
In my year and a half in DCU, I have met around ten people who come from Waterford. Unfortunately, I don’t have a photo of all of us together. So the one to the left will have to do.
Use your own vernacular
Where I’m from, the word “hello” can be replaced by the word “well” and still have the same meaning. Dubs will not get this. Don’t let that stop you, though. If you say “quare” instead of “really”, then by all means tell your new found, capital-dwelling friends that their jumper is “quare nice looking.”