Irish Language, Limerick
The Limerick City accent is very high and sing-songy and everybody will call you 'luv'. :)Dont call them luv back unless you can do the accent, it'll sound a bit silly.
The accent is slightly nasal (or 'naayzil') and the intonation lilts, but not to the same extent as it would in Kerry or Cork and the vowels are heavily stressed.
It's not incomprehensible but it's good to be aware of it.Personally, I don't talk like that any more ;-)
Limerick City people are generally straightforward and dont take any crap. We know Limerick is a kip, but it's _our_ kip :)
Irish-Americans,don't make the mistake of believing we are the same culture because of a shared language. The citizens of Ireland are a fine, friendly people, justifiably proud of their unique heritage! As an Irish American, I relished the opportunity to explore the land of my ancestors, and felt a connectedness that is hard to explain.
English is NOT the native tongue though it is the most common language. In the Gaeltecht areas you can hear Irish spoken, and see road signs in the native language.
Take the time to get to know a few Irishmen...a taxi driver in Belfast, a walking guide in Clare, or a fishing ghilly on any river or lake. The PEOPLE of a country are the unique and more interesting part of travel. In Ireland you'll find the friendly, courteous, helpful souls that make THIS land enchanting!