Irish Culture and Language

Irish Children’s Songs

Ireland has a nearly unlimited number of songs for any occasion. Here are two well-known children’s songs from Ireland.   Báidín Fheilimí Báidín Fheilimí d’imigh go Gabhla,            Feilimí’s little boat went to Gola, Báidín Fheilimí is Feilimí ann.                    Feilimí’s little boat and Feilimí in …

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Irish Alphabet

While most of Ireland today is English-speaking, this was not always the case. Originally, the language of Gaelic, or Irish, was the language of the nation. Today, much of the language is lost, but the people of Ireland are determined to recover what has been lost and regain their original language. The language and alphabet …

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Irish Names

An Irish name is pretty easy to spot. Often an Irish last name will have an “O” before it, like O’Toole, O’Keefe, O’Brien, and so on. The same thing often happens with “Mc”, as in McGrady, McCarthy, or McLouglin. This is no coincidence. There was a time when people didn’t have or need last names. …

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Irish Holidays

The Irish like to celebrate as much as anyone, and have enough holidays to keep themselves busy throughout the year. The biggest Holiday export from Ireland is obviously St. Patrick’s Day. While most people think of St. Patrick’s day as being a holiday about wearing green, doodling Leprechauns, and pinching one another, it has a …

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Irish History

The Irish have one of the most interesting, long, storied histories of many nations. There are few countries who take so place so much importance on remembering their history, and sharing that history. They have written countless songs about historical events spanning all throughout its lifespan, told and written thousands of stories, and made many …

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Irish Games

Games and sports are a huge part of Ireland’s culture. They are a nation of great athletes and they enjoy the competition and fun of supporting a team. In Dublin, the Republic of Ireland is the owner of the Bohemians, their professional football (or soccer, in The US) team. Football is a huge part of …

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Irish Fashion

Ireland can be a pretty cold and rainy place throughout the year, so much of their fashion and dress is based on that fact. A raincoat, although maybe not fashionable, is one of the most important pieces of clothing that a person can own, and comes in handy all the time. Depending on the location, …

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Irish Etiquette

The Irish have customs and rules of etiquette that are entirely their own, yet might not feel totally different from the United States. One of the first things a traveler might notice upon walking the streets of Dublin or Cork is how accommodating the Irish are to visitors. It would not be uncommon for an …

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