50 thoughts on “Was It For This?

  1. Spaghetti Hoop

    I hope this is not representing English language-speakers like the ATMs in multi-lingual countries. A national flag does NOT represent a language!!

    1. cousinjack

      No it shouldn’t be the union flag it should be the butchers apron for english, which is where it comes form afterall

    2. Cuckoo

      I agree to a point but with the lack of a standard easily recognisable symbol for different languages I think flags are the only option. If I was looking for the flag to represent the english language then the UK or US flags make lots of sense (English flag would work for me, but its not commonly known outside Uk / Ireland).

      1. Spaghetti Hoop

        No, there is actually an established set of International language identifiers for this purpose, e.g. EN_IN and EN_US. Using a Netherlands flag for Dutch-speaking Belgium is another fail.

        1. cousinjack

          Technically the state is offcially called Poblacht na hÉireann (or RoI in the seconf language) and is the entity that can declare war. The country is officially Eire (or Ireland if you wish).
          Ireland is unusual in that the state and the country are not the same thing, although there are a number of people which would disagree in the north of this island and their position is supported by the good friday agreement (2 countries and 2 states)

          1. AhHereLeaveItOut

            Technically, you’re wrong. Please refer to both the Constitution and the Republic of Ireland Act – State/country (you’re incorrect here again, they are the same thing) is officially called Ireland. Republic of Ireland is merely a ‘description’.

        2. Alfred E. Neumann

          I have never met anyone who cared about this stuff who didn’t come across as a giant heaving a****le.

      1. AhHereLeaveItOut

        Irish Constitution:

        “Article 4

        The name of the State is Éire, or, in the English language, Ireland.”

        Now fupp off and think before you type

        1. Jess

          Ahjaysis was responding to the korean analogy. Think you replied to the wrong comment there dude. Now who should think before they type

          1. AhHereLeaveItOut

            Was he? Fair enough. It’s not really about thinking before typing – my browser shows all comments as the same, without indentation to show what’s responding to what. And as it came after mine, it was a logical assumption

        2. Delacaravanio

          What the blazes is your problem? Even in law the term Republic of Ireland is valid (official description of the state).

          The constitution claimed authority over all of Ireland, but then put in a disclaimer that the state only has authority in the 26 counties. Just because a state claims a title over an entire country it doesn’t mean its entitled to be called that if it doesn’t make sense to do it.

          This kind of thing is common in ‘divided’ countries: Taiwan claims authority over all of China, hence its claim to be called The Republic of China, but no one ever calls it that, North Korea’s claim to be the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, etc.

          1. AhHereLeaveItOut

            Calm down… I’m pointing out the bleedin’ obvious – the correct name of our country/state. Why is that so difficult and contentious for you? As you just said, Republic of Ireland is the official description of the state, not the name – what exactly is your problem? The State is indeed entitled to call itself Ireland, as it does and as it recognised as such by every other country… and which is why we also have Northern Ireland. Also, your point and examples above are irrelevant, such as China whose official name is the People’s Republic of China (unlike Ireland), with China simply being an easier shorthand. While Taiwan is officially called the Republic of China. Jeez…

  2. Colm

    That first picture looks like it was taken on Nassau Street, the second on Grafton St.

    So Ciaran actually took one photo, followed this tour group around the corner and up the street, then another one?

    And he thinks the flag is the problem?

  3. huppenstop

    Maybe they were in London first and used the flag to identify the group leader in the group. Maybe it worked so well they decided to continue using it when they came to Dublin. Although what cheap fuppers they are for not buying a plastic Irish flag mass produced in Asia. I’m outraged.

  4. Janet

    I’m not saying it is right but once you travel enough you will realise that the ignorance about Ireland’s place or lack there of in GB is staggering. .There is a good chance this fella simply does not know any better.. sad but true

    1. Formerly known as @ireland.com

      Unfortunately, you are correct. It would be good to get the 6 counties into our statelet, so that it would be easier to tell foreigners that we have nothing to do with the UK.

  5. Aisling Twomey

    I reckon the flag is probably being used to tell the people following what language the guide will speak. It’s possible that several groups left at once, with a few different languages being operated.

  6. shitferbrains

    On top of which the tour guides have to pay for the pleasure of giving the tour and then hope that the tourists are happy enough to give tips.

  7. OffDutyBL

    Do we know for a fact this guy and group is Japanese, or are we just assuming that based on his Japanesey appearance? They could be Korean too.

  8. Kolmo

    wow, plans for joining the British commonweatlh seem to be moving along nicely, Young Fine Gael will be delighted as will John ‘de Boor’ Bruton.

    I would seem being slightly peeved at the disrespect shown (intentional or not) to a host nation by this guest is viewed as an extremists reaction…

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