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Irish Customs

In this section I want to talk about Irish customs. What do I mean by customs?

Customs, according to the dictionary, are agreed ways of interacting, customs are the norm of human interactions.

With that in mind, I want to give you a flavour for the way of life in Ireland today.

You might have asked yourself what Irish people are like. How do people live, how do they relate to each other, how do they make conversation. What is important for them.

What to expect when you come to Ireland as a visitor. In other words, real life everyday Irish culture is what I want to talk about here.

Because it is always a good idea before travelling anywhere to find out a little bit about what to expect there.

The Ireland of today is a modern industrialised society. The quaintness and innocence of Ireland in the 1940ies and 50ies that some visitors still expect is long gone. Many traditions have disappeared or have simply lost importance and influence.

Irish pub culture, having a pint at Tigh Neactain's in Galway, Ireland.

Enjoying a pint of Guinness and soaking up the atmosphere at Tigh Neactain's Pub, Galway City.

Yet there are many characteristic customs. Irish people have their 'ways'. There is a lot of unique behaviour that you wouldn't find anywhere else. I am talking about everyday things that you are bound to come across as a visitor, even if you only spend a few days in Ireland.

Find out how we see these quirky Irish customs.
Then leave us a Facebook comment underneath and let us know if you agree or disagree!

I am talking about peculiar things such as:

Some Crucial Basics

Making Conversation- How do Irish people start a conversation

Making Conversation- The bonding stage in conversation

Smiling-You will be met with smiles everywhere in Ireland. What's smiling all about?

The Famous Argument Over Who Is Going To Pay The Bill- explained

The Rules Of Tipping In Ireland

Find out how the Irish drink endless cups of tea

Saying Sorry- How come everyone says sorry so much

Being Easygoing- Learn how important it is to Irish people to be perceived to be easygoing

Irish Understatement- What’s it all about, what to do and what pitfalls to avoid

Slagging- Find out what this Irish custom is and how to respond.

Pub Culture: Buying a Round- What this Irish custom is and how it works

Parties- Learn about parties and ‘having the ‘craic’.

The Irish As An Audience-Find out why performances of any kind are such a great experience to attend in Ireland

Having The Craic- What's that?

Physical Space In Ireland-explained

The Irish And Their Sense Of Privacy- Here is why some Irish people are intensely private

Children In Ireland- How to get in on the kids thing

Irish Family Values- Important to know

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