Ireland Local Customs

  • Local Customs
    by stevemt
  • Local Customs
    by stevemt
  • Local Customs
    by stevemt

Ireland Local Customs

  • Drinking

    Dublin Local Customs

    There is a famous saying that god created alcohol so that the Irish won’t take over the world. Indeed, some of the most popular sights in Ireland are alcohol-related such as Whiskey tasting or a visit to the Guinness storehouse. Lorcan (the guy who runs the 1916 rebellion walking tour) said that Dublin’s coat of arms should contain leprechaun hats...

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  • Local Drink

    Cork Local Customs

    Beamish is Corks other stout that is still brewed in the city. I enjoyed a pint at Cork Opera House during our VT Taste of Cork meet. (I must confess that Beamish is my least favourite stout when compared with Murphys and Guiness - it's a bit too sweet for my taste, but I still managed to sink it OK!) Some History:- Beamish has been brewed in...

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  • Smoking.

    Galway Local Customs

    Basically, you can't smoke in any 'workplace'. So that includes pubs, cafes and restaurants. Some pubs have set up smoking areas outside, and you can smoke at cafe tables on the pavement. I liked the 'smoking station' at Galway airport (see photo).

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  • Gaelic Language

    Waterford Local Customs

    Ireland has a strong gaelic culture. To promote the irish gaelic language, most roadsigns are bilingual: english and irish gaelic. The irish gaelic language is usually known just as irish. The photo shows a bilingual roadsign for Waterford (Port Lairge).

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  • Gaelic language

    Sligo Local Customs

    Ireland has a strong gaelic culture. To promote the irish gaelic language, most roadsigns are bilingual: english and irish gaelic. The irish gaelic language is usually known just as irish. The photo shows the bilingual sign of Sligo Station.

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  • Food Festival

    Kinsale Local Customs

    The Kinsale Gourmet Festival held every October is by now world-famous. All the best restaurants and chefs showcase their talents.As Kinsale is twinned with Antibes in France and Newport in Rhode Island, there is a very strong gallic and American flavour added to the pot. As well as twinning towns Chefs are also exchanged and all kinds of crazy...

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  • Hurling

    Kilkenny Local Customs

    Hurling is an ancient Gaelic sports and very popular in Ireland. We happened to be in Kilkenny two days before an important hurling match. It was the “All-Ireland Championship”, where Kilkenny and Cork were in the final. When driving through County Cork, we already noticed several cars and houses decorated with white-red flags (the colours of Cork)...

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  • Language

    Dingle Local Customs

    Dingle is in the Gaeltacht area of Ireland, which means it is an Irish speaking area (Don't worry, they speak English aswell). Simple words like Conás ata Tú (Pronnounced con-as-a-ta-tu) which means How are you or Tá mé go maith (ta-may-gu-mo) which means im fine or im good. if you want to say Dingle don't call it An Danigean because the locals...

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  • The Rose of Tralee

    Tralee Local Customs

    Tralee : The Rose of Tralee festival takes place every August. The basic legend was immortalised in song . A young woman is nominated to represent her city/region every year and the event is televised live, where they have a chat with the host about themselves, interests and why they should be The Rose of Tralee. Unlike Ms Universe, there's no...

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  • Newgrange

    Drogheda Local Customs

    Not that far from Drogheda you can find Newgrange, a unique stone aged tomb. The great megalithic tomb at Newgrange is over 5,500 years old. Their survival through more than 5,500 years reflects the sophistication of their design, and ingenuity of the Stone Age man which constructed them.

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  • Language

    Derry Local Customs

    Language - or more to the point Derry lingo can be a bit of a communication barrier sometimes. Derry people do not speak normal English!! And they talk fast which really doesn't help matters. I was fluent in English when I moved here in '96, now I'm fluent in Derry lingo as well :o) I'd recommend an excellent (and very funny) book written by Seamus...

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  • Famine Houses

    County Clare Local Customs

    The Great Famine in Ireland lasted from 1845-1852 during which approximately 1 million people died and more than 1 million more emigrated to other countries. Although many factors contributed to the famine and to blame it all on the potato shortage is a bit simplistic, the underlying cause was the potato blight which ravaged one of the main food...

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  • Irish language

    Dublin Local Customs

    The notorious 1980s bronze monument to the personified river Liffey, Anna Livia, was removed from nearby on O'Connell St. A woman sitting on a slope with bubbling water running down past her represented the river. It rapidly came to be nicknamed the Floozie in the Jacuzzi, the Hoor in the Sewer ("hoor" is a dialectal Irish version of "whore", and...

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  • Irish language

    Cork Local Customs

    Irish people promote the use of Irish Gaelic, which they call simply Irish, in all areas of life. Dual street names are just one sign of this, but there are also Irish names of pubs, signposts in both English and Irish, and names of people too have their Irish equivalents, or should I say Irish names have their equivalents in English? Irish is...

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  • General Information

    Waterford Local Customs

    Smirting is a combination of the words smoking + flirting, geddit? It started when people had to go out for a ciggie after the ban was enforced, and got chatting to fellow smokers outside on the street, eyes meeting across a cloud of blue nicotine... ;) So you may just meet a local hottie in this way!! REMEMBER - Since March 2004, you CANNOT smoke...

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  • W.B.Yeats

    Sligo Local Customs

    The Wild Swans At Coole by W.B.Yeats. THE trees are in their autumn beauty, The woodland paths are dry, Under the October twilight the water Mirrors a still sky; Upon the brimming water among the stones Are nine-and-fifty Swans. The nineteenth autumn has come upon me Since I first made my count; I saw, before I had well...

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  • History

    Kilkenny Local Customs

    When you're in Kilkenny, this would apply to Waterford too, you will probably see lots of references to 'Ormond', like Ormond St/road, businesses & hotels with Ormond in the name. And you might just fleetingly wonder what that might refer to. Ormond is the anglicization of the original Irish name of 'Urmhumhan' meaning 'East Munster'. Munster is...

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  • Matchmaking Festival

    County Clare Local Customs

    Lisdoonvarna Matchmaking festival takes place annually in September in the town of Lisdoonvarna. It goes back a long time and was a way for the local single farmers to come to town and find a wife. These days its as much an excuse for a party and a bit of a tourist attraction. Don't go on a Tuesday night though as its all older people waltzing!...

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  • General Information about Dublin

    Dublin Local Customs

    Smirting is a combination of the words smoking + flirting, geddit? It started when people had to go out for a ciggie after the ban was enforced, and got chatting to fellow smokers outside on the street, eyes meeting across a cloud of blue nicotine... ;) So you may just meet a local hottie in this way!! REMEMBER - Since March 2004, you CANNOT smoke...

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  • Reginald's Tower

    Waterford Local Customs

    Check out Reginald's Tower. The tower dates from the late twelfth century and is the most historic urban monument in Ireland. The heritage museum houses two collections; artefacts from the Viking and Medieval periods; and collections of decorated charters and civic regalia.

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  • Cat's Laughs Festival

    Kilkenny Local Customs

    Every June bank holiday, Murphys brewery sponsor a comedy festival in Kilkenny, attracting top comedians from all over the British isles and even some Americans like Dan Castellata (the guy who does Homer and Grampa in The Simpsons), George Wendt and Bill Murray. It's absolutely brilliant fun!!! :))

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  • Smoking

    Dublin Local Customs

    I am SO glad they've outlawed smoking here. Makes for a much nicer time in the pubs and restaurants. I know everyone claims business will be lost when these bans go into effect but place after place is finding out business will expand after the initial decline.

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  • Tipping

    Dublin Local Customs

    In some restaurants I found that the 10% tip was included in the bill, which is something I dont like. I understand that I should tip someone when I get a good service and not because I am obligued to. I do not get tipped for doing my job, I mean, so at least let me decide whether I want to tip someone and how much I want to give.

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  • Music

    Dublin Local Customs

    Stunningly beautiful bar/cafe. It's just a minor disappointment to discover that it's not at all "original" - but rather this multi-purpose dining, drinking, and dancing establishment was created only a few years ago - during the Celtic Tiger era - and outfitted with an extravagant array of "antiques" from other establishments.

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  • Irish Hospitality

    Dublin Local Customs

    I must say the Irish are good ol' wacky people who are extremely genuine and hospitable not to forget one of the friendliest people I've ever met. The accent is just kinda hot and such a turned on! Lol...

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  • St. Patrick's Day Parade

    Dublin Local Customs

    OK, I will have to confess my bias here as I don't particulary enjoy the post-parade part of the day where you see people throwing up, urinating, throwing rubbish, fighting, or staggering around on the streets. It really shows Ireland in a bad light. I certainly don't think tourists come here to see things like that! St. Patrick's Day (DON'T EVER...

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  • The Weather

    Dublin Local Customs

    well i was expecting it, but i was hoping it wouldn't be as bad. We were in town and actually managed 3 hours without rain, but then it rained heavily afterwards. so we took shelter outside a hotel in the center and there were some nice streetlights.

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  • Phoenix Park

    Dublin Local Customs

    The people of Dublin … are endowed with the famous Phoenix Park of nine entrance gates, seven miles of circular road, People’s Flower Garden, containing lake, waterfall, and Old Spa Well, sports grounds, glens, groves, lakes, mountain and river scenery, and last but not least, a universal collection of the inhabitants of prairie and jungle within...

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  • Literary Dublin

    Dublin Local Customs

    James Joyce is one of the most influential writers of the 20th centuary. He is most well known for his novel Ulysses. You can see a bust of the writer in St Stephen's green You will find this staue just off O'Connell street. Dublin have renamed Constitution street to James Joyce street in an attempt to try regenerate the area but just be advised...

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  • Traffic

    Dublin Local Customs

    The Irish are very kind and have the foresight to paint on the curb at every intersection: LOOK RIGHT How thoughtful. I'm sure it saved me from the Emergency Room more than once, being from a land where it's customary to look left before stepping out.

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  • Georgian Dublin

    Dublin Local Customs

    During the 18th century, much of the Medieval remnants of Dublins past were replaced with the wide boulevards, graceful bridges and stately buildings that you can still see today. This period of growth is known as the Georgian Era, so named after the kings in Britain at the time. Most famously, the Georgian Era has blessed Dublin with beautiful...

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  • THE BATTLE OF NOWHERE

    Londonderry or Derry? As you approach a city with seemingly 2 names – you will see small sample of the battles south of the border even here. There are many signs on the motorways (highways) and roads across Northern Ireland trying to tell you the direction and/or how many miles to drive to arrive at the second largest city in Northern Ireland (and...

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  • Dublin Tourism Center

    The Statue of Molly Malone stands outside the Dublin Tourism Center on Suffolk Street at the heart of Dublin's city center. This tourist office was one time St. Andrew's Church. Besides finding accomodations and information on Dublin, there is a great Tourist literature and book shop which is open all year round.While waiting for your enquiry...

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  • Molly Malone - the "tart with the cart"

    "Sweet Moly Malone" is one of the best-known songs by the "Dubliners" and other folk-bands, and everybody seems to know and to love Molly Malone, whose sculpture you can see in the centre of Dublin, in Suffolkstreet, close to Trinity College. Molly was living in Dublin of the 17th century - it is mainly a ledgend, you may read more about it , when...

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  • Matchmaking

    Whereas matchmaking is legally forbidden in Germany, they still do have it in Ireland!! Well, it is not to be taken too seriously, but in Lisdoonvarna in County Clare, they have a Matchmaking Festival each year from September 1 - October 1! Basically there is a lot of dancing and partying going on then, but you might want to try your luck and ask...

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  • Smirting & The Smoking Ban

    Smirting is a combination of the words smoking + flirting, geddit? It started when people had to go out for a ciggie after the ban was enforced, and got chatting to fellow smokers outside on the street, eyes meeting across a cloud of blue nicotine... ;) So you may just meet a local hottie in this way!!REMEMBER - Since March 2004, you CANNOT smoke...

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  • Pubs: Have a Cup of Tea

    It's perfectly acceptable to order a cup of tea in a pub in Ireland, particularly in the afternoon. This is nice if you are driving and sightseeing, and want to visit pubs without feeling like you have to drink a pint every time.

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  • Shhh! Someone is singing!

    When someone starts to sing a song in a pub, everyone gets quiet. The musical tradition is very strong in Ireland and song is perhaps respected above all. When there is a traditional Irish music session going on in a quiet pub, people will generally keep the conversation at a lower volume, as people do want to here the music, rather than try to...

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  • Always make that connection...

    The irish just love making a connection between Ireland and anything that is happening in the world - there always seems to be an Irish connection somewhere. Whilst President Obama's roots would appear more african than celtic a strong case has been made for some of is ancestors hailing from County Offlay.A more tenuous recent example is the claim...

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  • KNOW YOUR LIMITS - CUSTOMS LIMITS

    Local Customs - get it? Go over your import limits and you will. In 1999, the sale of duty-free goods to those travelling within the European Union (EU) was abolished. Having said that, there are still limits on how much duty (tax) paid items you can bring into Ireland. They are fairly generous and change from time to time, so please consult the...

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  • The main cause of traffic delays

    Traffic reports in rural ireland have a distinctively religious flavour to them. Take a typical report I heard on Galway Bay FM the other day :"There will be Solemn Novena said all week at differeing times - so expect delays around the cathedral area. There are also funerals in lackagh and Claregalway tonight, so delays are expected on the N17"....

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  • What to do with an excess....of.....milk

    It is something of a truism that in many parts of the world you end up with an excess of some sort of foodstuff. If is not surprising, therefore, that excess apples become Scrumpy / Cider, excess Pears become Calvados and excess potatoes become Vodka. I'm sure there are countless other examples as well.And what do we have an excess of in Ireland ?...

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  • Irreverant humour

    You may think that 'borat' is irreverant, but just wait until you see the best thing produced by RTE in years.Rodge and Podge now have a TV chat show. These identical twins are aged (so says the website) 54, but they always look the same age to me. Possibly because they are puppets (there, I said it, the secret is out) and can thus get away with...

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  • A sense of community

    I was passing through some little town somewhere near Roscommon the other day and came across an up to date version of a very old idea. A articulated truck was kitted out to become a travelling cinema. It seated 100 in comfort and played the latest Hollywood blockbusters. I guess the sense of a 'shared occasion' is still important in the community....

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  • Halloween

    Not satisfied with Honeymoon? There is one more globaly known event the Irish invented. Yes, Hallooween!The earliest celebrations of Halloween were among the Celtic who lived in the areas which are now Ireland, Great Britain and Northern France.The Celts worshiped the Sun God and believed that without him, they would not live. But they also...

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