Member of the Irish Travelling community. One of several (very very very) extended families in Ireland who are rumoured in at least one Hollywood production to have descended from ancient High Kings of the country. They certainly act like it. Favourite pastimes for men include hanging around shops and stealing produce, making veiled gay-baiting threats against anyone who tries to catch them out, getting pissed drunk until they puke, getting into turf wars over slights to their alleged honour, and generally acting like a bunch of anti-social parasites who still claim dole money without any semblance of a wish to ever contribute anything to society, while having the brass neck to say they are misunderstood. Favourite pastimes for the women include getting pregnant the first evening in their lives they can (usually by their brothers), getting pissed drunk until they puke, and going on to anyone who will listen about how they represent the old Ireland. They love to talk about their "proud culture". They're proud all right, although few of them would know culture if it bit them on the ass. They certainly know how to siphon off thousands, if not millions, of Euro or pounds sterling of taxpayers' money for weddings, funerals and clan warfare. Favourite mode of transport is either a horse and trap or a Toyota Hiace van. They tend to camp out by the side of this road or that and leave the place thick with rubbish. By way of atonement for all this, they often prove their worthiness as defenders of Old Ireland by becoming brazen Catholic fundamentalists, mainly for the sake of gay-bashing and to distract attention away from their incestuous relationships. They are the darlings of the mass media, and boy do they know it. They are often the subject of exhortations from rich rock stars living in the country, who extol their virtues as next door neighbours. Usually, someone else's next door neighbours.
The knackers were begging at our front door again yesterday after Jimmy gave them our unused table lamp. Soon they'll be coming with clubs.
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