billy goat (a tag meme post, you have been warned)

Darren, of fame, has tagged me with a potential rant, I mean tag meme. So here goes:

It’s called Getting Your Goat and the rules are easy enough to follow:

  1. List two things that irritate you for a reason (followed by the reason)
  2. List two things that irritate you for no apparent reason whatsoever (see easy enough to do)
  3. Give credit to the person who tagged you. (That’d be the afore mentioned evil blogging mastermind Darren)
  4. Link your answers to the original blog, that’s here (Say hello to Keiron over at:
  5. Tag four new people to participate (I’m going to skip this part, if you feel like ranting… rant away, that’s why you have a blog - right?)

It is to my own shame that I have let my Irish slip to nearly nothing. I don’t need other people to ashamed of me because of it. So, the first thing I’m going to rant on about are the few unhelpful/snobbish and often blatantly rude Irish language speakers out there. (Not every Irish speaker fits this description - in fact the majority are friendly, helpful and patient as I try to muddle through a chat and most people never refuse a conversation in English) That said - there are those who refuse to help or to speak English no matter how you are struggling.

While I’m on a roll here: take the recently closed Síopa Leabhar on Harcourt Street - they have always been as unhelpful as possible and have occasionally ignored me if I spoke in English at the till. How does that help encourage anyone to learn Irish or to buy books…?!?

That’s as far as I’ve gotten with my rant. I’ll come back to the rest of the tag later - but I thought I’d vent after a frustrating phone call with someone who refused to speak English!!

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8 Responses to “billy goat (a tag meme post, you have been warned)”

  1. Darragh
    July 16, 2008 at 8:32 am #

    Ah Daithí, ar mhaith leat hug mór?

    Remember, filleann an feall ar an bhfeallaire!

  2. david.
    July 16, 2008 at 9:41 am #

    I just hope it doesn’t come around on me Darragh!

    Hug mór!? Yes please :)

  3. Ronan Hunt-Murphy
    July 17, 2008 at 2:38 pm #

    Great idea, although I think I may have too much stuff to rant about!

  4. Darren
    July 18, 2008 at 9:46 am #

    Evil blogging mastermind? Mnyeh - maybe!

    Go on, have a good auld rant - it’s healthy.

  5. Rosie
    July 19, 2008 at 8:48 am #

    oooh, a poke at the gaeilgeoirí! though i couldn’t blame you after a run-in with herself in An Siopa Leabhar. i’m both fluent and affable and she’s an unbelieveable wagon to me too, so don’t take it personally.

    anyway, learning from bukes is for sissies. you need to get a bit of chat rolling.

  6. David
    July 21, 2008 at 9:56 pm #

    I dunno - them bukes have the safety of not having to come up with something interesting to talk about above a preschool level (The sun was in the sky and the dog was laughing etc.)

    As for Siopa Leabhar, I’m neither fluent nor affable but still… She was a wagon.


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