Galway is known as the city of the tribes, and is one of the oldest cities
in the country. It stands at the gateway to Connemara, an Irish-speaking
region of then country. Many of the slang words in use are derived from
the Irish language.
Galway is certainly one of the liveliest spots in Ireland, and people
there are always up for a bit of fun. At this stage you are aware that
admitting to enjoying a bit of crack, (spelt craic) is unlikely to land
you in the local clinker, but a word of caution. If a woman in a bar in
Galway sits on your jacket, asking if you can shift her for a minute could
get you in a bit of trouble.
If you find her attractive, you'll probably want to chat her up or plamás
her. You may need a "neck like a camel jockey's arse", but you
can break the ice by telling her she's a "fine thing". She may
respond by saying:
"You're a desperate man!" which in this context does not mean
that she regards herself as the only port in your stormy love life, but
rather that she's flattered by your advances. Confusing - I know.
As things move along, you may start acting the maggot and she may tell
you that she's going to eat the head off you. Your lucky night? 'Fraid
not. It simply means she intends verbally abusing you. So cop yourself
Unless you make a complete "hames" of the night, or unless
you're a complete "head the ball" you'll be "away on a
hack", or maybe even "on a pig's back," and you might even
"get off" with the woman in question.
If you're drinking, watch out that you don't get locked, langered or
mouldy, otherwise there'll be "ructions", and she'll see you
for the "bowsie" that you are.