10 little things… that tell you you’re dating an Irish man

Irish men are distinctive in their style, charm, and charisma. Curious to learn more? Here are ten little things that tell you you’re dating an Irish man.

The Irish are collectively known as being a merry bunch. We’re easy to get on with and the type of people that will welcome you with open arms.

With that being said, it comes as no surprise that the Irish are highly sought after as other halves. If the lilt of the Irish accent and the Celtic charm sounds up your street, here are ten little things that tell you you’re dating an Irish man.

10. A pint and a roast is the key to his heart – a classic combo

They love a roast and a pint.
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There’s something about a Sunday roast and pint of Guinness that strikes romance in the heart of any warm-blooded Irish man.

In all fairness, who can blame them? Needless to say: the two combined are a perfect pair!

9. He thanks the bus driver – good manners

If he has good manners, then you might be dating an Irish man.
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The Irish are known for their friendly faces and effortless eloquence. Given this, one of the surefire things that will tell you you’re dating an Irish man is good manners.

If you spot your date thanking a bus driver, then you can be sure he’s Irish true and true.

8. He loves the craic – sure, who doesn’t?

Irish men love the craic.
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Irish people love the craic (aka banter), and Irish men are no exception to this rule.

Expect free-flowing conversation, dry humour and witty exchanges. Also, remember to leave your ego at the door; one of the telltale signs of Irish craic is that it is a bit like mockery, but don’t take it too hard – it’s all in good jest.

And, remember: Irish people can take it as well as they give it!

7. He drinks tea by the bucketload – the question is Barry’s or Lyons?

One of the things that tells you you're dating an Irish man is that he loves tea.
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Tea drinking is almost like a sport in Ireland, with the most accomplished in the field in the older demographic.

Saying that, champion tea drinking has been passed down through the generations, and Irish people of all ages are known to knock back at least a few cups each day. The question is: Barry’s or Lyons?

6. An owner of at least one sports jersey – GAA, football, rugby…

They all have at least one sports jersey.
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Another one of the things that may tell you you’re dating an Irish man is their wardrobe.

Irish sports jerseys are everyday garb for Irish men, so if you spot that he’s donning a GAA, football, or rugby jersey, you’ll know you’ve bagged a classic Irish lad.

5. There’ll be no such thing as “just one pint” – even if the intentions are true

If you're dating an Irish man, you'll know there's no such thing as just one pint.
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Irish people love to have a drink or two. In fact, we’re known worldwide for our love of liquor. And, while times are changing and sobriety is on the rise in the Emerald Isle, it is known that old habits die hard.

When you hear someone saying they’re going to the pub for “just one pint”, you can discard that comment from the get-go.

4. A social butterfly – as are many Irish people

Irish men are social butterflies.
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Irish people are known to have the ‘gift of the gab’ (a colloquial term for eloquence). With that being said, we love an ole’ chin wag and could easily talk to the wall.

Expect to have non-stop chit chat and laughs when you’re dating an Irish person.

3. He’ll have a group of ‘lads’ – essentially just a group of mates

If you're dating an Irish man, you'll meet all the lads.
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It seems most Irish men have their own group of ‘lads’. This essentially means their friendship group that consists of men, but it is another one of the things that tell you you’re dating an Irish man.

2. A lover of spuds – the food of our heritage

Ireland's favourite food.
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If you talk to any Irish person, it may become apparent that we collectively share a love for potatoes – they’re just so versatile!

Most dinners will consist of a potato side dish, and late-night drunk food and hangover binges usually revolve around this starchy vegetable, too.

1. He loves his mammy – the other woman in his life

You know you're dating an Irish man if he loves his mammy.
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The final point on our list of things that tell you you’re dating an Irish man is a love for his mammy – the other woman in his life.

On the bright side, though, this means he’s respectful and family-orientated!