I’m just saying you might get sick of the wet weeks, 
the wet jeans, wet socks, wet funerals and wet streets
 and it’s all getting a little harder to justify, roaring ‘We Are Your Friends’ at heads you don’t know in a gaff you’ve never been before
 and you never will be again, as London and Sydney swallow your mates;
 Any craic? No, youse fucked off.

Just Saying.

A crowd-funded spoken word video by Dave Tynan.

Mike Donnelly writes:

Really great little short about emigration. Pretty apt at the moment and I think it sums the feelings of a generation quite well. Written and Directed by Dublin native (soon to be London bound) David Tynan.

Conor Horgan adds:

Poignant, witty and moving, with a spot-on ending.


Produced by Kennedy Films Ltd


Dave Tynan (Fundit)

116 thoughts on “The Leaving

    1. anvil

      Would have been even better with sub-titles and lower background music.
      I got about 50% of the words.
      Not bad though.

        1. anvil

          I was joking about the sub-titles but not about the fact that I could only pick up 50% of the words.
          Lost in translation.

  1. Brendan Kavanagh

    Hear that? That’s the sound of one hand clapping. Self indulgent twaddle. As original as last week’s Sunday Indo.

    1. Simon Critchely

      “If you can’t say somethin nice, don’t say anything at all”. I thought it was lovely.

    2. Bangman

      BRENDAN, why dont you quit being a grumpy hole and appreciate a well produced reflection on the beauty of Dublin and Ireland as a whole. I’m sure you havent got the slightest interest or clue about art or cinema. Well done Dave Tynan!

      1. Lan

        And a reflection of real feelings of many of my generations seeing so many of their friends/relations leaving

    1. Zaccone

      He was on that RTE show a few years ago, the Tallaght followup to Dan & Becs. Cant remember the name of it for the life of me though.

  2. Mark Coughlan

    Claaaass. Where can we get more of this stuff? Best thing I’ve heard (and seen) in a good long time.

  3. paul

    Good Video, but I am one of those who left 2 years ago and dont really understand why some people seem a bit angry with those who left to look for a better life or to live a better dream, Just saying. thoughts?

    1. Spaghetti Hoop

      Agree. Anyone that leaves does so with intention. There are plenty of positives attached to emigration, not just for the emigrant on a new adventure, but also for their left-behind mates (if they really are mates – aye, now there’s the rub..) to go and visit – be it for the hollyers or a fact-finding mission…or both.

      Have to add, a lot of Dubliners ‘lost’ the company of their mates when they moved out to the commuter counties during the house-purchasing hoo-haa. Then again, there comes a time when the impromptu sessions in the city bars come way down the list when your mates have a family of their own.

      Still, I won’t knock the video – it’s well done…but yer man is suddenly bereft of something and it’s really up to him to fill it.

      1. shea

        someone leaving for adventure it is great or someone who wants to spend the rest of their days in the sun and they get up and do something about it great for them. for someone that feels there forced or is at the settling down age and feel they are forced or can’t come back then its a kick in the bollox. there is a difference with going with the intention of coming back/ making the choice not to come back or having the decision made for you.

        rather than resentment at people who go personally think there are a lot of media impulses to encourage people to go. likes of job exhibitions in canada or newzeland being treated as news rather than advertisements, christmas day in austrailia with the sun. sayings like ‘the best go’ we even have FAS sorting out visa’s for work abroad which to me has a ring of the land lord sorting out the coffin ship for his tenants. compare the negative emigration stories and the positive ones. i personally think emigration is portrayed in an extremely positive light. maybe a bit sad ‘but sure isn’t it in our blood’ . no its not, there is no strand of our DNA peculiar to us they makes us more likely to emigrate. We do have an economic model that is peculiar to us though. its been going on for 150 years. we export labour to english speaking countries to meet labour demands in those countries, have done will continue to do. 100 years ago it was unskilled labour, then trades men now professionals. what they want we supply. our people are a resource and just like subservient economies in africa or asia or south america who export there natural resource for the benefit of the dominant we do the same with ours, which is people. those are my thoughts on emigration, i don’t think its a case of kick those who left but kick the structure that encourages to leave (for good) bar those who had that ambition with out the system.

  4. Carlos

    It started off well but lost it’s way a bit. As one of the earlier comments said it gets a bit indulgent and lacks direction because of it. Still good though.

  5. Frodo Baggins

    Can’t stand anyone who uses the phrase “just sayin'” even more so in that abbreviated way. Painful.

      1. SarahK

        Jaysis, he doesn’t half go on a bit. Say he’d bend your ear in the pub.

        ‘just sayin’ is in the same league as ‘I’m not racist but’ or ‘I’m not having a go but’. Annoying. Anyone who says ‘just sayin’ never know’s when to shut up.

  6. gatsby

    Awww…well done! Really, really enjoyed that…so poignant. Loved the last bit: ” there’s ten good to go but a thousand tiny reasons not to.”

  7. Pedanto

    “It’s all curlews around here, now you’re gone, and they won’t shut up. We’re serving fried eggs on stones, if Dylan McGrath is in and you can still afford them. There’s Sally O’Brien, and the way she might look back a generation – and find the same sentimental bollocks curdled into misery, with the same sentimental rhythms, and the same whine of self-pity in the same cod poetry. Irish actors doing Irish accents for Irish ears. Culture reduced to a leprechaun ogling a mirror. And what was our Holocaust after all? A couple of lads moved to London. A couple of girls got jobs in Brisbane. One day we might shut up about it. One day we might stop weeping all over ourselves like a drunk dropping his chips in a bus shelter. One day we might grow up. One day. But not now.”

      1. Pedanto

        Me being in a crappy mood and finding the video unnecessarily maudlin. I was probably a tad unsympathetic, in retrospect.

    1. mani

      The very fact that you got his name wrong….Jesus. He’s not even as good as Coleen Nolan, never mind Brian O.

    1. Caoimhín

      Camera people, sound people, make up people, editors, & Equipment. People don’t work for free like. Could have put an add up on job bridge I guess.

  8. IDB

    Jaysus. I must be missing something- wasn’t blown away at all to be honest. Not trying to be over critical or anything, just wasn’t expecting such positive feedback.
    But then, I’m fairly self-centred and cynical at the best of time, so whatever floats your boat I guess!

    1. mani

      Reminds me of that Dublin airport ad a while back with that bearded gimp spouting the same kind of generation whatever pleasing patter this lad is. The ultimate aim of this is the promotion of the geezer talking, nothing more. Fair play to him.

  9. Looking In

    There seems to be a forced sense of appreciation for this video, like by offering one’s thoughts on it may appear negative which is a truly Irish trait. Sure isn’t it great fair play to him, patronising, why is it so sentimental where is the fire? where is the passion Only Sayin’ Boring….

  10. Hungry Lungs

    Well made, but I don’t get the hype around this video. Or am I missing the point cos I’m not a Dub? Or that I genuinely didn’t understand a fair bit of the words? Either way, I’m not trying to knock the guy, that’s just an incredibly difficult accent to comprehend/

      1. Hungry Lungs

        Yes I am Irish, but I’m not used to hearing Dublin accents so thick that I have to concentrate on what’s being said rather than just hearing it naturally. I’m from Cork, so I find it pretty amusing when I hear people say how difficult it is to understand our accent, when the door swings both ways. As I said I’m not trying to knock the video or begrudge the fella, it’s well made and I’d love to see more Irish made material out there, it just doesn’t resonate with me due to the Dublin-centric content and delivery.

        1. Bacchus

          Except that it’s not “Dublin-centric” in either content or delivery. In fact that’s the point. The accent may be a little heavy but any Irish accent or a backdrop any Irish town would have the same impact.
          I’m normally violently cynical about stuff like this but I really liked it.

          1. Medium Sized C


            Although I don’t think they have Zaytoon in Cork, or Luas……or Portmarnock.

            But replace Luas with BUS, Portmarnock with some beach adn Zaytoon with where-ever the feck you go for a kebab in Cork and you are golden.

    1. Pedanto

      Do those places still have a ban on Dubliners? I thought that expired when Deco Bishop went to Scotland.

    2. PH

      In what way does that exclude him from being a Dub? Hailing from the county is surely the only qualification necessary.

    3. Ki

      Despite being lucky enough to have attended a very expensive school for the final two years of my education, I still consider myself a Dub – probably because of the way I’m, y’know, from Dublin.

  11. Jimbo

    That was f*ckin’ brilliant. really sums up how I feel sometimes as a 27yo, knowing I’m missing out on better things by staying here to finish my second stint in college, just so I know I’ll be able to leave when I’m done studying, and not come back.

    Kinda sad, but there isn’t all that much here for me anymore, I’m lucky to have a wonderful person I love, but if it wasn’t for her, I would have joined the rest of my friends abroad already.
    She’s finished up in two years as well.

    I won’t be staying, just saying.

  12. Not Leo Dowling

    Isn’t that the guy who so brilliantly played Doug in Fair City? You know, Doug, the culinary maestro of “few-edh” from the top kitchens of the top hotels of Europe? Appalling.

    Get over this Generation Emigration “I miss the Tayto and Peat Briquettes” stuff people. You play by global rules now, not local. London is 70 mins away. Melbourne is 23 hours only. If you don’t like it, come home. Big deal. Emigration, or migration really, is a good thing. Enough of the RTE schmaltz scenes at Dublin Airport. Cop on.

    1. Bobby

      God you’re right. I’m off on Monday, I might head to Melbourne for the weekend. And actually, I don’t like living where I do in Dublin 4, I might start renting in London and start commuting to my Dublin city centre job…..

      Global Rules….. FOAD. “If you don’t like it, come home” – some people have to earn a living. You child.

    1. Mr Old

      It’s not a forced Dublin accent, the actor is from Tallaght in Dublin, he’s doing his own accent, that’s just the way he talks.

  13. mimes

    I liked this and can see some nice points in it but nothing that makes me sad etc

    Ireland is not unique on this matter.. People from Brazil, Poland, Greece, Italy, Portugal, Spain are all doing the same thing as young Irish.. Maybe the only evident differences being we have a lot more 20 somethings when it comes to percentage population.

    The Irish government (and people at that) fecked things up. If Irish people now see a better future by emigrating, why not really. Yeah there is things that will be lost but there will also be things gained…

    Variety is the spice of life.. Something our small nation doesn’t quite understand from time to time I think..

    Our closed mindedness to me, is more of a valid reason why people feel this false sense of tragedy.

    1. Humans Eh!

      Love to!
      Oh shit, I can’t,
      Have a lie detector session in the morning.
      But I’ll get you the help that you need backstage.

  14. Seamus Obair GnuisLeabhair

    Having fecked off a few times myself – I very much enjoyed it.
    That last stroll around the town before hopping on the boat.
    Off to Enger-Land (via Wales)

    Its nostalgia for the youth of today, poignant, witty and well produced.

  15. Buzz

    Desperate schlock. Celebration of all that is base and banal. Though I agree with the sentiment: there’s a thousand reasons not to go. Love the Why Go Bald sign!

    1. Mr Meh

      Totally agree- there is more to living in Ireland/Dublin than going on the piss which seems to be all this guy is lamenting. And it is the BRILLIANT guy from the fast show!!

  16. cluster

    Has that Irish rap thing of swearing where another word would have added to the meaning. Good though.

  17. Tom

    Not my cup of tea.

    Particular low points:

    “Once i was told the 3rd secret of fatima but i was pissed and i forgot it.”

    “Any craic? No, youse fu**in left! ”

    ” outta your snack box”


  18. Continuity Jay-Z

    It’s like he is a Blackrock College daddy’s boy who thinks he knows how Dubs talk. It’s mediocre, at best. Empty, vaccous, banal musings that fail to understand, never mind capture, the zeitgeist.

    Should anybody really care that much about his lamentations?

  19. Anne

    I loike it a looot.
    Love the accent too.

    What is it with Irish people and the judging of accents? You don’t get it anywhere else I don’t think. You’re either too fake with a trans-atlantic one, or too fake with a local one.
    You can’t win. Damned if you do and damn if you don’t.

  20. Ciara

    If mass emigration continues, within 20 years there will not be enough workers to support our welfare system ( including pensions and child benefit) leaving us to rely on mass immigration, facing a collapse of our system, or to have the remaining workers taxed at obscene levels, so the trends should not be ignored. Other than that this video is beautifully shot, it makes Dublin look pretty for a change, perhaps its a little contemporary for some folk, but certainly strikes a cord with those in mid 20’s to early 30’s. Perhaps a little support for the Irish arts would be nice, then perhaps emigration wouldn’t be such big an issue

  21. the_face

    I’ve been away almost 4 years
    and I went home for Christmas.
    And everyone is old.
    My Da looks old……

    its all fun and games when you first leave and shrug off going home for the odd holiday.
    but now, wel… its a bit shite. Everyone seems to be boll0xed when I go home now

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