Irish culture is rich in its diversity. A holiday in Ireland
allows one to experience a culture deeply steeped in history.
This history is reflected in the warm hospitality, underrated
delicious traditional dishes, brilliant music, and beautiful
Whether enjoying a morning breakfast at a B&B, downing a
pint or two in a pub, experiencing the local artists, or hiking
along a seaside cliff, it is hard not to feel a part of the
dramatic culture and rich history that is Ireland.
Understanding the history of Ireland allows for a deeper appreciation
of the ancient monuments found there today, as well as reasons
for the heartache of contemporary disputes. The story of Ireland
is an ancient tale, older than the pyramids of Egypt, and full
of more turmoil, upheaval, and romance than any daytime drama.
The reputation of the "Friendly Irish" is not a myth
and it is quite normal to see a friendly smile. You will nearly
always find a hand outstretched with the greeting "how
are you?" Your answer to this could very well be the same
"how are you?"
Without any doubt pubs are the main places for socializing in
Ireland especially in the small towns (which are numerous in
Ireland). You can drink there (a few pints...), eat there, dance
there, join in a sing-song or listen to a group of musicians.
Food in pubs, known as "pub grub" is generally good
and the prices are reasonable.
The young and not so young enjoy themselves in a relaxed atmosphere.
They are generally comfortable and cordial places. The official
closing time for the pubs is midnight!
The National and Official language of Ireland is Gaelic as well
as English. However, approximately 99% of the population speak
English. Despite governmental efforts to rekindle interest in
the Irish Language less than 5% of the population use it on
a daily basis. Gaelic is obligatory in Irish schools and currently
there is a renewed interest in the language.