# 8 Southsiders/Northsiders

April 12, 2008 at 10:15 am Leave a comment

Whenever three or more Irish people congregate there is a natural tendency for them to take a Northside position or a Southside position. Every Irish city, town and village has a northside and a southside with the divide usually represented by a physical landmark usually a river. Northsides and Southsides are not official administrative areas but an Irish colloquial geographical interpretation .Of course this divide is in Irish people’s heads but it exerts a major influence within their lives. Northsiders are usually characterised as working class folks with a passion for the rough side of life. On the other hand Southsiders are reputed to be well-to-do and the professional classes with a passion for an even rougher side of life.  Along the Northside/Southside there is usually intense rivalry with each side competing for attention in the media.

Northsiders usual employment opportunities include any occupation that requires work, social status symbols include any thing that they can modify and stamp their unique style on like cars, sports like soccer and greyhound racing, newspapers like the Sun or the Star, borrow money from the Credit Union and property that inflates in yearly double digits. Equally Southsiders  usual employment opportunities include any occupation that does not require work , social status symbols include any thing with an obscene price tag, sports like rugby and horse racing, newspapers like the Independent or the Times and borrow money from the Back of Irealnd or Allied Irish Bank, and property that inflates yearly in double digits.


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