A Little Piece of Irish Land

By: Karianne Johnsen and Danie Minor 

For  €20 or $25 a piece, anyone with a love for Ireland can dig their roots into one square of Irish land with a certificate of land ownership thanks to a company called Irish Landowner. Whether its a portion of Muckish Mountain, Moyra Glebe, Falcarragh, or County Donegal, Ireland, Irish Landowner allows the public to have a unique experience with the country they love!

At the end of 2014, Irish Landowner released a commercial to promote its product! From an American standpoint, one might not think this commercial as funny, but to an Irish citizen it has everything they’d want to see. According to an article posted in the Independent.ie by Karen Creed, Irish citizens favor humor that can make them laugh at themselves. The advertisement’s main actress fulfills the typical Irish stereotype of a curly, red-haired woman frolicking the town to Irish music by step-dancing in a solo dress and “ghillies” (also known as soft dance shoes).

In the article, an American named Katie Markese gave her opinion of Irish humor stating she finds the Irish to be “funny in a sarcastic or caustic kind of way” and that they are “naturally funny.” Creed also states the reason Irish humor works so well is because it is loosely based on either making fun of yourself or others in a “poking fun” kind of way rather than mean.

This commercial captures the overall goal of Irish Landowner, which is to give someone the opportunity to emburse themselves in Irish culture and its heritage by own a piece of Ireland. The ad embodies the “known” Irish persona in a very funny and creative way!

How to “Catch” on to British Humor

By: Julia Sprowls

Studying abroad is an opportunity that students do not easily forget. We got in touch with Caroline Clunk, a student from GrandRapids, Michigan who studied abroad for a semester in Ormskirk, England. She said it was one of the best times of her life and something she will remember with great fondness forever.

“Nine years after I went, I still think and talk about it often,” said Clunk.

We often hear about sights seen and places toured while abroad, but we wanted to know where and how the use of humor overseas was shocking. We asked Caroline to shed some light on the humor she experienced while studying at Edge Hill College in the small market town of Ormskirk near the coast of northwestern England.

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