Edel Coffey: Galway life lessons give Dubliners’ notions The Finger

A transplant from the capital learns about ‘culchies’ versus ‘boggers’ versus ‘townies’, and experiments with not paying for parking

Galway: where it’s safe to call the locals culchies. Picture: iStock

Scrabble’s recent decision to ban the use of offensive words, including the word ‘culchie’, prompted much rumination. As a lifelong Dubliner who moved to Galway five years ago, I was sure that culchie was the most offensive thing you could call an Irish person and so the banning of the word must be a good thing. But I was surprised to find that friends here on the west coast didn’t seem to have strong feelings ...