The Little Guide of Irish Time

The Irish have a unique way of looking at time. We asked illustrator Rob Stears to illustrate our 12 favourite Irishisms around time.
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'Dead late'. An old favourite of the forever-late, but what does it mean? Our survey found the average is 43 minutes and 39 seconds.   Might be waiting around if your friend just text you that!

An old favourite of the forever-late, but what does it mean? Our survey found the average is 43 minutes and 39 seconds. Might be waiting around if your friend just text you that!

How long is an 'Irish minute'? Well, it varies depending on the county, though the average is 4 minutes and 59 seconds. That's one long minute!

How long is an 'Irish minute'? Well, it varies depending on the county, though the average is 4 minutes and 59 seconds. That's one long minute!

No caption needed!

The Big Survey of Irish Time

29% of us never intend to meet up when we use the dreaded 'meet up soon'.  Awkward for the other 71%!

of us never intend to meet up when we use the dreaded 'meet up soon'. Awkward for the other

How long is 'ages' ago? Who knows - though 70% of us use this one!

How long is 'ages' ago?

Sure 'donkey's years' could be last Saturday or six months ago. What does it actually mean? According to our survey, the average is 14 years and 59 minutes.  An actual donkey lives 30 - 50 years. Just so you know.

Sure 'donkey's years' could be last Saturday or six months ago. According to our survey, the average is 14 years and 59 minutes. An actual donkey lives 30 - 50 years.

Because we never just want 'a sec', do we?

The Big Survey of Irish Time

If aliens came to visit and we had to explain our Irishisms to them, no doubt 'the other day' would baffle them.

If aliens came to visit and we had to explain our Irishisms to them, no doubt 'the other day' would baffle them.

Let's hope no one else takes us so literally when we tell them to hold their horses!

Let's hope no one else takes us so literally when we tell them to hold their horses!

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