Reminiscing: My First Ever Visit to Poland, 12 Years Ago

Reminiscing My Birthday: My First Ever Visit to Poland, 15 Years Ago Today

“Is this the way to Legia Warsaw? Every night I’ve been eating my coleslaw” – Northern Ireland fans (2005). First of all today is my birthday! Sto lat, happy birthday to me! Ask me fifteen years ago today as my train rolled into the Polish capital city of Warszawa if I expected to live here Read more about Reminiscing My Birthday: My First Ever Visit to Poland, 15 Years Ago Today[…]

10 Iconic Northern Irish Pop (ular) Songs You Need To Listen To

“Burn the bridges as you’ve gone, I’m too weak to fight ye. I got my personal hell to deal with” – Peter Cunnah. Northern Ireland still remains unknown to many people around the world and it constantly shocks me why more people didn’t read Atlases, study world history or look at a map when they Read more about 10 Iconic Northern Irish Pop (ular) Songs You Need To Listen To[…]

Mieszkam w Polsce: Differences Between Northern Irish and Polish culture

Mieszka w Polsce: Most Amusing Differences Between Polish and Northern Irish Culture

“Kocham cię jak Irlandię” – Kobranocka. (“I love you like Ireland”) In my series Mieszkam w Polsce, I try to write about situations that arise in my normal life as an immigrant living in Poland. I have a plethora of posts still unwritten in this series, as I will simply never get the time to Read more about Mieszka w Polsce: Most Amusing Differences Between Polish and Northern Irish Culture[…]

Piątkowe Picie: Top 5 Irish Pubs in Warsaw (Warszawa)

“In Dublin’s fair city where the girls are so pretty, I first set my eyes on Sweet Molly Malone” – Irish Folk Song. The British, Portuguese, French and Dutch all travelled the world invading other countries and cultures and trying to tell them how to run them, at times killing and enslaving locals. Truth hurts Read more about Piątkowe Picie: Top 5 Irish Pubs in Warsaw (Warszawa)[…]

Belfast Beer: Made in Poland

10 Things in Poland That Are Actually Northern Irish

“All these places feel like home” – Snow Patrol (Northern Irish rock band). I recently wrote about things in Northern Ireland which are actually Polish, differences between Northern Ireland and Poland, and translating Northern Irish slang into Polish. But does it work the opposite? What is there here in Poland that is exclusively Northern Irish? Read more about 10 Things in Poland That Are Actually Northern Irish[…]

Northern Irishman in Poland / Połnocny Irlandczyk w Polsce

17 Things in Northern Ireland Which Are Actually Polish

As a child growing up in Northern Ireland in the 1980s, my exposure to the big world came via my 1986 Panini World Cup Sticker book. It was the first time I had heard of Poland, or Algeria, or Soviet Union, or Iraq. That book along with 2 Christmas presents from my parents inspired a Read more about 17 Things in Northern Ireland Which Are Actually Polish[…]

Northern Irishman on Tour: Poland to Frankfurt to Cheatzerland

Northern Irishman on Tour: Poland to Frankfurt to Cheatzerland

I write far too many words and articles to ever be published. So much so that I believe that anyone who claims to have “writer’s block” are either liars or never were writers in the first place. I am always brimming with ideas. This is s short report on my adventure out of Poland to Read more about Northern Irishman on Tour: Poland to Frankfurt to Cheatzerland[…]

Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Taking My Polish Friends on a Tour of Northern Ireland

I have had a connection with Poland since serving ice cream with Warszawian Piotr on a beach hut in the English seaside resort of Bournemouth in 2004. At the same time, I also worked with Aneta and Grzegorz and later Zuzanna (who I met again as recently as 2016). All four are pictured with me Read more about Dziwaczne Odkrycia: Taking My Polish Friends on a Tour of Northern Ireland[…]

Piątkowe Picie: Watching Northern Ireland in Poland Again!! The Only Northern Irishman attending the Under 19 Match v. Germany in Gliwice!!

Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Watching Northern Ireland in Poland Again!! The Only Northern Irishman attending the Under 19 Match v. Germany in Gliwice!!

“Robert Burns, burns, burns, that ring of fire, GAWA desire” – Jonny Blair (ONLY NI fan in Gliwice). As I wrote that morning on social media it was “Dzień dobry szalony! Good morning crazy!” Having lived in Poland for 16 months and been the most settled I have ever been in my adult life (believe Read more about Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Watching Northern Ireland in Poland Again!! The Only Northern Irishman attending the Under 19 Match v. Germany in Gliwice!![…]

Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Oh He Can't Believe It Can He? Why I Love Poland!

Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Oh He Can’t Believe It Can He? Northern Ireland 3-1 Poland, February 1991

Another in my football series today as I reflect on a 26 year old story for Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce! From today in Warsaw, we teleport back to Belfast in 1991! The first time I saw my country, Northern Ireland win a match while I was there was this one in February Read more about Śmieszne Historie o Piłce Nożnej w Polsce: Oh He Can’t Believe It Can He? Northern Ireland 3-1 Poland, February 1991[…]