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Only in Ireland...

 

Spotted in Rathmullan, Donegal.  I assume that there is some kind of professional service for wakes (I noticed a marquee in the direction the sign points) and wonder if they have all kinds of signs: "Turn left for the wake", "Right and then first left for the wake", "You've past the wake, turn back" - the possibilities are endless :-) [Perhaps they just left out the "l"]  I can't imagine that a private individual would go to the bother having a professional sign-writer do it for them!

Only in Ireland...

 

Spotted in Rathmullan, Donegal.  I assume that there is some kind of professional service for wakes (I noticed a marquee in the direction the sign points) and wonder if they have all kinds of signs: "Turn left for the wake", "Right and then first left for the wake", "You've past the wake, turn back" - the possibilities are endless :-) [Perhaps they just left out the "l"]  I can't imagine that a private individual would go to the bother having a professional sign-writer do it for them!

comments (12)

  • Ray
  • Thailanddy plu
  • 22 Jul 2015, 03:24
Where would you put the "missing" "l" then, Tom?

Funeral parties are big business in up-country Thailand, with all manner of re-usable stuff available for hire...perhaps it is a bit that way in Ireland?
Tom Wilson: Good question, Ray smile
So if it was up a hill, they could say 'wake up'...smile
Tom Wilson: Oh dear, oh dear smile
Fun find, Tom!!! I like your antidote!
Tom Wilson: When I looked up the road I saw that there was a marquee in the garden, so I assume it was a big affair!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 22 Jul 2015, 06:28
Agreed Tom, this is just bizarre
Tom Wilson: Isn't it just!
Is Wake an Irish speciality Tom? Great fun find!
Tom Wilson: Oh very much so, Richard - an opportunity for all friends, relatives and neighbours to say goodbye to the dead, enjoy a drink or two and reminisce about his/her good points, failings, sins, etc.
The Wake is a big thing in Ireland so I suppose this is not such an oddity Tom
Tom Wilson: Apparently in Donegal the wake is so significant that there are virtually no so-called 'funeral homes' - the body stays in the house, with the wake continuing until burial. So, yes - my guess about a service to wakes is probably right. There was a marquee in the garden of the house, so I suspect it was a major event!
That's a first for me too.
Tom Wilson: You're not likely to see it anywhere but Ireland, I suspect, Mary.
it is an odd sign for sure
Tom Wilson: Worth recording, I thought.
Lovely sign Tom.
Tom Wilson: Unusual, at least smile
A most unusual find isn't it, did you follow the sign?
Tom Wilson: Nope - I looked up the street and saw a marquee, so I suspect it was a big event!
  • Lisl
  • Batheaston
  • 22 Jul 2015, 17:14
It looks like all part of the service, Tom
Tom Wilson: Indeed!
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 22 Jul 2015, 19:17
A strange sign indeed and there could be many similar ones, as you suggest. It is probably part of the undertaker's service.

What about: "Are you awake, you've passed the wake, turn back." Or in the true McDonalds fashion: "Turn back, 2.5 miles for a delicious wake"
Tom Wilson: You're probably right, Louis!

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