Recognising Corkonians: A simple guide

WHETHER YOU’RE A visitor to the city seeking out some of the best pubs in Cork or you’re a blow in (a resident, but not native of the county!) exploring new nightlife haunts via the Cork Heritage Pubs trail or Cork Beer Walks map, it’s important to be able to identify the main traits that mark Corkonians out from the rest.

Cork… a Capital of Culture, boy!

As Corkonians we’re proud of our unique heritage, history and culture and rarely shy away from explaining just why our city is the jewel of the entire island of Ireland. 

Whether it’s craft beer, gourmet food, live music or friendly chat you’re after, Cork has it all – and travel writers from publications such as Lonely Planet, the Guardian and Huffington Post have all published great things about the city in recent years. 

As a consequence, you’ll spot a true local if he or she can repeat these reviews and recommendations verbatum – or at least the gist of them with an extra bit of extra Cork colour!


Learn the Lingo: ‘Mi Daza’, ‘Five’ or ‘Like’

‘Mi Daza’ may well conjure up images of a stout when mentioned in 2014, but the original meaning of the phrase is lovely or gorgeous. ‘Isn’t the weather Mi Daza today’ (when the sun is shining). Ask a Cork person to say ‘five’ and if they manage a slightly high-pitched, three-syllable word with some additional lilt (f-iv-ve), then you’re most likely on the right track.

Our penchant for using ‘like’ was noted by President Michael D. Higgins when he was awarded with the Freedom of Cork City earlier this summer, and there’s nothing like hearing these words from a norrie, southsider or smallie to know you’re home!

(Watch President Higgins’ eloquent speech here and jump to minute 33 – 36 for his portrait of Cork and its famous phrase, including his assertion that the county is ‘a symbol of hospitality and friendship between nations’.


The ‘Gift of the Gab’

Few talk quicker than a Corkman (or woman) making their point, and if you’re short a word or two you can always pay a visit to the Blarney stone at Blarney Castle. If not, join in the chat at one of a number of Cork Heritage Pubs where facilitating conversation is second in priority only to serving a good pint.

The Cork local will pride themselves of being able to discuss a range of subjects – whether the facts are known or not – and you best be prepared for the ‘ball hop’, for you truly know you’re being welcomed in when you’re made the butt of some joke or other!

Poke the beast…

If you’re still unsure whether or not you’re talking to a Corkonian at this point, there is another resort: ruffle some feathers. (Perhaps inferring that the Lee has nothing on the Liffey…)

If their voice goes up by several octaves, they are then, without doubt, a son or daughter of the Rebel County. Take the example of one of Cork’s most famous sons below during the infamous ‘Highbury bust up’. We were convinced by the nod of acceptance at end too…

And then there’s always comedian Tommy Tiernan’s explanation…