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Social Life in Ireland

Behavior

The Irish are very well aware of the world around them as well as the differences in opinions and behaviors. Because of this they are quite understanding of various cultures and foreigners so odd behaviors are generally accepted (but not encouraged).

Your behavior should begin with modesty as being loud, rude, showing off wealth, or dressing provocatively will get you stares. Likewise, placing yourself above others or boasting is viewed negatively.

As a visitor to Ireland, just try to follow the lead of the locals by dressing in like manner (see below for details), dining in the local etiquette (see our Ireland Dining & Food Page), and avoid sensitive conversation topics, such as politics, finances, and business unless initiated by your local counterpart.

Dress

The traditional dress of Ireland has changed multiple times throughout history, but most consider the fringed cloak with a tunic to be the most authentic dress at various points in history. Unlike today, it was yellow that symbolized the Irish people in their clothing through the 1600s or so. Others point to dresses as being more traditional and today this style is still popular among Irish dancers the world over. These women tend to wear simple dresses decorated with various design features and are often quite colorful. Traditionally, these dresses were very long and reached to the floor as the top included a bodice. Men at this time wore something called a brat, which is similar to a cloak or the Scottish kilt.

Today the people of Ireland wear modern western-styled clothing just as much of Europe does. The styles and cuts of these outfits vary drastically as there are few true dress codes or restrictions in the country, although more conservative dress is required in some settings. As a visitor to Ireland you are free to wear nearly any western-styled clothing you wish, but dress for the occasion. In churches and more formal settings, like a business meeting, wear long pants and a shirt that at least covers your elbows, if not longer (depending on the situation). Also be aware that during many times of year Ireland gets a lot of rain so be ready to protect yourself from the weather.

This page was last updated: November, 2013