Category Archives: Waterford Culture

Waterford Harvest Festival Food Menu

rasher-blaaThis Waterford Food Menu appeared in the Deise Dictionary Two (Tew), which I published back in 2007. It’s hard to believe it was 8 years ago now, with the first book being almost 10 years old!

I thought it would be apt to post it given the Waterford Harvest Festival has just come and gone over the weekend…

The image shows a common rasher blaa, which is of course a truly Waterford invention, with the modern curing process and hence the rasher having been patented here by Denny when they were based here.  Throw in an oul sausage, a black puddin, maybe an egg and some red sauce and you’ll be on de ball.

Below are some of the more traditional Waterford culinary delights on offer in the Déise…

A Déise Menu

Red Lead Blaa (the classic)
Dillix (dilisk) & Butthur Sangwich (mmm salty)
Blaa Butty with Lettuce and Salad Crayme
Denny Rashers on Jacob’s Crackers (both invented in Waterford)
Scallops (Sliced spuds battered and deep fried… soooo good)
Packet of Tay-ho in a Blaa (A full on Meath/Waterford taste explosion)

~Main Courses~
Skirt & Kidney Stew
Crubeens (Pigs Trotters) with Ghrribs & Tails
Offal Stew (Chucks, Back & Loin Bones, Puzzlers etc.)
Tripe with milk & ungins
Cappoquin Chicken Blaanini

(All served with poppies and slouhcawn)

Goody (on a saucer)
Cream Buns (remember de cream?)
Slab Cake / Chesthur Bread
Soda Bread
Sally Luns

Mug o’ Scald / Cup o’ Cha
A Layarge Bohhel offa de Shellef
A Ritz for de lack
A can of Hoppmans
Clonmel Chardonnay
Downes’ no. 9 mix
A Bohhel o’ Phoenix

Obviously we can add a few more craft beers since then like Metalman and Dungarvan… Is there anything else left off the menu???

Top 10 Things every Waterford lack should have

To follow up on our top 10 things every Waterford man should have we thought we’d do one for de lacks (remember this isn’t an offensive term, it is one of endearment and affection) too… so here goes nahin girl:


Some wan with a gogo in her gob. Shaved oxters too!

1. Go-gos:  You need to tie yer gruaig (gaelic for hair) back you need an oul gogo.  Nothing like a gogo to give you that instant face lift look. To be absolutely honest I love girls with their hair tied back… ok I’ll move on before I start drooling on meself.

2, Ritz:  Ah the old classic, a daycent Waterford yungfella might order himself a large bottle off the shelf for himself but if he really cares about his lady companion, he’ll say “anna Ritz for the lack!”  The mighty perry made by Bulmers from Pears..

3. Baaaiiieeeeg / Hambaaiieeg: Yungwans are always carrying baaaieeegs and hambaaaiieeeegs around to put tings like shoppin and gogos in.

tea4, Cuppa tay / Mug of scald:  After a hard days shopping in towen, there’s nahin like an oul natter along with a cuppa tay to wash down a cream bun, vanilla slice or a lump of chester bread.

5. Snot rag: Women are emooooshional creatures so it’s important to have a snot rag at the ready to wipe up them tears and maybe the oul accompaning watery nose. Throw it in the hambaaaaiieeeeeeeeeeg sher.

6. Fake nails: OK these are not specific to Waterford but you never know when you might need them to scrawb de face off of someone.  Maybe it’s a yungfella trying to stawl you or anudder yungwan who you want to get out of yer face. Nothing will deter someone quicker than the threat of being scrawbed.

7. Diddies and Gowls:  OK this is slightly rude but in order to be a lack you need to have these, Let’s say no more on the matter. Let the reader understand.

Old Irish Coins Isolated on White

A few bob

8. Diddly:  Come christmas havin the diddly can be a major advantage.  Throw in a few bob into the diddly club every week and by Christmas you’ll have plenty of bob and not be on the slate.

9. Press:  If you have a house you need a press to put your tay cups in.  In the winter a hot press is really handy.

10. Shaved Oxters:  Waterford lacks are well groomed and are always getting dolled up to the nines so it’s important that the oxters are clear of any unsightly hair.  Shaving/Waxing of other regions are good also to avoid the dreaded wilnot.

So there you have it.  If I’ve offended anyone you  can go ask yer mudder (about all of the above BMHL – bust me hole heart laughing).

reg-blue-with-text-and-graphics (Medium) (2)For more Waterford slang check out The Deise Dictionaries of Waterford Slang, available in the Book Centre or contact for more information.


Top 10 Things Every Waterford Man Should Have

In Waterford we have some unique names for common day objects and some unique culinary delights also.  Here’s the top 10 list of things that every Waterford man should have.

gallybander 1. A Gallybander:  Best to get a Black Widow in W.I.O.S. and a few chynees to shoot with them.  You never know when a gurrier might come up to you and give you jip or guff.  A gallybander will send him legging it.  If you can’t afford a black widow make one out of a coat hanger and a few gallybanders (another name for rubber bands, confusing I know).  Make bullets out of insulated copper wire, the heavier the better.  Ouch!!!

2. A Lack: Every youngfella out there needs a lack.  In Waterford some girls get offended by the term, it certainly does not mean a lack of something, in fact the more a girl has the better the lack she is.  It’s like Boyles law (another Waterford man), the level of lackness is directly proportional to the level of gorgeousness.  She’s sum lack boi!

Downses no 93. A Bottle of Downses No. 9: Sher where else would you get such a whiskey blend.  Make sure you get it down in Downseseses boi, and say hi to John, Killian and the lads in there,  Play a game of squash in there too but don’t phlegm in the corner of the court ye dirty feckers.

4. A Blaa:  OK, you can’t hold on to Blaas for very long and the white starchy carb content is off the charts with these babies, but you can’t bate em with a few Rashers (which were patented in Waterford too by Denny’s) or saussies.  blaas 003If you want to go mad, throw in a bit of red lead (luncheon roll), a few meanies and a bag of tayto and a skim (3 inches) of buttttder. Some reckon Blaas come from the world Blanc because of the floury top like Mont. Le Blonk (LOL). Some reckon the Hugenots brought them here… some reckon they were invented at the time of Jesus and the recipe was stolen as the man ran off screaming Blaas fer meeee!  I reckon it was Edmund Rice created them in his bakery as he created personal loaves for the poor Catholic boys on the street.

knucks5. A set of Knucks: If a family member worked in the Foundary (Foundaghreeee) you probably played with their knucks.  I’m so bored of people telling me how they used to play with the heavy little black stars that were used to knock of bits of metal from items that were cast in de foundary I believe.  (Comment to correct me if I’m wrong please).

6. Ribs and Colcannon: You can still get them in a couple of places like Jack Meades and Harneys in Dunhill.  Feck BBQ ribs, I want boiled salty ones hanging off the bone, with the mouth watering fat dripping off them.  Out in Harneys you can have a game of squash afterwards, but don’t phlegm in the corner ye dirty feckers.  If you want to go ever more hardcore order a Crubeen or a pigs foot.  Get those nasty toes into your face boi.

reg-blue-with-text-and-graphics (Medium) (2)7. Deise Dictionary of Waterford Slang: This is a shameless plug of me own book, published a few years back.  Editions wan and tew boi, with about 400 Waterford slang entries between em.  Get em in the Book Centre as a stocking filler or give me a shout and I’ll sort ya :-)

8. A Couple of Scallops: We love our carbs soaked in fat here in Waterford. A potato slice, battered, and thrown into drippings which have already cooked fish. Om nom nom, surprisingly tasty.  Don’t eat too many though or your doctor will eat the head off you.  Available in Chippers across the city.

9. Large Bottle off the Shelf: Seeing as Arthur’s day is just about over and Guinness in Waterford is doing it’s last bit of business here today sadly, the ould large bottle off the shelf is worth mentioning.  A room temperature bottle of Guinness is not for any ordinary man.  Only Deise men can handle the bitter fizz off the large bottle.  As an alternative some of us are partial to the Clonmel Chardonnay.

hanger-sanger10. Hang Sangwich: If you have no blaas and red lead, try a hang sangwich.  Great to bring to the oul matches and wash down with a mug of scald or a cuppa day. Honda Deise boi!

So there you have it, this is how us men roll in the Deise :-)

If you’d like us to do a top 10 for lacks, lettuce know. Sound. G’luck.