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Mar 26, 2014 11:28 AM

Ireland deserves it's own board.

I think that the food world in Dublin and the rest of Ireland is deserving of it's own board and should not be lumped in with England.

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  1. By the by, it's "lumped in" with the whole of the UK, not just the English bit of the country.

    I suspect that, if Ireland was to be "de-lumped", it would be added to the general Europe board, rather than having it's own separate board. Reason for thinking that is that the number of Ireland posts are fewer than a number of other countries which are posted to "Europe".

    For example, there's only been one Ireland thread this month, whilst there have been more for Germany (6), Hungary (2), Iceland (3), Czech Republic (4) and Austria (2). There are a number of other countries which, like Ireland, have only had one thread - Greece, Poland, Switzerland, Netherlands, Belgium and Cyprus.

    There's possibly merit in "de-lumping" it, from the UK, but I'm not quite sure what that might be and how it might benefit diners in Ireland. I suppose it might be whatever the argument for separating Spain and Portugal might be, or Australia and New Zealand.

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    1. re: Harters

      Come to think of it, I might be in favour of de-lumping London from the rest of us in the UK. It really is a different country.

      Heck, I might even be in favour of London formally becoming a different country - as Singapore separated from the rest of Malaysia in 1965. At least it would no longer suck the lifeblood from the rest of us.

      1. re: Harters

        London's been it's own nation state for some time now. This weekend we had a typical London mix, half Scottish/Finnish half French/English and the talk turned to identity and someone said I'm a Londoner first , everything else is secondary. Don't agree with the lifeblood thing, But then again I wouldn't would ;)

        1. re: Paprikaboy

          Yes, indeedy, PB - identity is a funny old thing, innit.

          Mine changes depending on circumstance. I'm European, British, English, from the north west, a Mancunian (although I'm not), a Cestrian. And whichever, I'm always a Man City fan.

          1. re: Harters

            I always knew I respected you. Thank god you're a Manchester City fan and not Man United. I don't mind how many boards there are, as long as I can find what I need. Having grown up in London, Los Angeles, Edinburgh and Berkeley, I try to be specific when I refer to England vs Britain. Most Americans don't have a clue. And that spectacle of a food court at Trafford Centre fascinates me.

    2. The lack of posts on Ireland or Dublin on that board refute your assessment.

      1. As already pointed out there's no reason to seperate in terms of configuration of other boards (e.g Spain and Portugal being lumped together) or by posting history. There's more of an argument for Manchester having it;s own board than Ireland based on search terms in the last year on the UK board (I admit this may be skewed by Harters posts):

        Post results in last year using search terms:

        London 435
        Manchester 55
        Edinburgh 32
        Dublin 31
        Ireland 23
        Liverpool 22
        Devon 11
        Glasgow 8
        Cambridge 8
        Leeds 6
        Cardiff 6
        Birmingham 5
        Bristol 2

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        1. re: Paprikaboy

          Thanks for doing the math.
          This thread gave me a chuckle, since I used to spend a lot of time on the [wait for it]
          China & Southeast Asia Board.
          That's like 1/3 of the world's population, on one board!!
          Posters there just start every thread with the city/country name for clarity.

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