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North and South relations, a quick explanation


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Jan 23, 2005
I had a titter at this from Facebook, and thought it might give others a giggle or two as well..

It's an explanation to people across the world about the demonstrations and protests over the last few weeks...

So this is for the benifit of all my friends who are confused or alarmed by the recent images being broadcast around the world, given that we are now 15 years into the peace process..

The capital of Ireland is Dublin . It has a population of a million people, all of whom will be shopping in Newry this afternoon. They ...travel to Newry because it is in the North, which is not part of Ireland, but still pay in Euros.

Under the Irish constitution, the North used to be in Ireland , but a successful 30-year campaign of violence for Irish unity ensured that it is now definitely in the UK. Had the campaign lasted any longer the North might now be in France.

Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland . It has a population of half a million, half of whom own houses in Donegal. Donegal is in the north but not in the North. It is in the South. No, not the south, the South.

There are two parliaments in Ireland . The Dublin parliament is called the Dáil, (pronounced "Doyle"), an Irish word meaning a place where banks receive taxpayers' money. The one in Belfast is called Stormont, an Anglo-Saxon word meaning 'placebo', or deliberately ineffective drug.

Their respective jurisdictions are defined by the border, an imaginary line on the map to show fuel launderers where to dump their chemical waste and bi-products. Protestants are in favour of the border, which generates millions of pounds in smuggling for Catholics, who are totally opposed to it. Travel between the two states is complicated because Ireland is the only country in the world with two M1 motorways. The one in the North goes west to avoid the south and the one in the South goes north to avoid the price of drink!

We have two types of democracy in Ireland . Dublin democracy works by holding a referendum and then allowing the government to judge the result. If the government thinks the result is wrong, the referendum is held again. Twice in recent years the government decided the people's choice was wrong and ordered a new referendum. Belfast democracy works differently. It has a parliament with no opposition, so the government is always right. This system generates envy in many world capitals, especially Dublin .

Ireland has three economies - northern, southern and black. Only the black economy is in the black. The other two are in the red.

All versions of the IRA claim to be the real IRA but only one of them is the Real IRA. The North's biggest industry is the production of IRAs. Consequently, we now have the Provisional, Continuity and Real IRA. The Real IRA is by far the most popular among young graffiti writers simply because it is the easiest to spell.

I trust this clarifies things and has answered many previously unanswered questions for you


Well-known member
Jun 28, 2007
Bloody brilliant! petunia

Con Gallagher

Well-known member
May 25, 2010
Loyalist/Unionists extremists planned to protest in Dublin at a decision made in Belfast by Belfast councillors to affect only Belfast residents, but instead listened respectfully to the local police in Dublin (who were concerned at disrupting commerce and public safety) and they found that a majority (who are utterly unaffected) "down South" supported them, while their ilk throw petrol bombs and stones at their own police, destroying their own neighbourhoods and protested at the democratic vote of a majority of a council (while calling for direct or majority rule).

It's a bit like the old fella sitting in a GAA club in North, puffing away, being asked his view of the newly introduced smoking ban in the South in 2004, replying "as shure they're a different breed down there".


Well-known member
Jun 30, 2012
So that's what statsman does to earn a few squirrels!
But... but... I don't see Jack in his avatar!

Someone has photoshopped something! I can tell because there are pixels in the pictures!

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