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18th Feb 2015

12 Things You’ll Hear On Ash Wednesday In Every Irish Catholic Home

On Wednesdays we wear ashes...


You made it through the stack of pancakes, and woke up to realise it’s the first day of Lent. 

Sure you’ll survive the fast, and no you’re not going to fantasize about meat.

Here are the 12 sure tell-tale signs you’re waking up in a Catholic home today…

It is that time of the year again…

1. “I’d kill for a breakfast roll”.

One day without meat begins…

2. “Where do the ashes come from?”

The same place they do every year…

3. “That was a grand quick mass”.

The relief of a quick mass never gets old.

4. “Yours is wearing off.”

Ash envy.

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5. “That doesn’t even look like a cross”.

Ash comparisons.

6. “What are you giving up for Lent?”

The idle lent season chitchat begins.

7. “Is it bad luck to wash your ashes off?”

Well, is it?!

8. “Can we drink today?”

The true blues getting their priorities right.

9. “What will you have for dinner?”

The first thing out of the mouth of the majority of good honest Catholics when they realise it is Ash Wednesday.

10. “How long ‘til Paddy’s Day?”

The unofficial day to ‘break’ lent.

11. “It is only one day”.

The positive people

12. “I’ll have a cod and chips”.

Extra batter.

All together now…