Destinations » Europe
» Western Europe »
name Ireland is the Anglicized version of the Irish name of the country and island,
Éire. This word comes from an older Irish word, Ériu, which is the name
of a historic Gaelic goddess.
The Irish and their culture seem to be everywhere today. Partially due to their
large emigration numbers in past centuries, Irish culture has spread across the
world and many people hold dearly to this culture and identity, even people with
little to no Irish blood in them seem to cling to Irish identity. Of course, this
begins with a pride on the island of Ireland itself, a pride that is rooted in their
long history and culture, which took hundreds of years to develop.
The Irish people began their lifestyle and culture on the lands of Ireland. These
fertile lands allowed for farming and raising animals as most people became tied
to the lands in terms of lifestyle. This also made Ireland a very rural landscape
as cities were non-existent, leading to a heavy reliance on an individual's
town or village and family, friends, neighbors, and community became very important
to the people.
Today many people associate the Irish with drinking, but what is perhaps more accurate
is the Irish tendency to socialize as these public houses became the center of the
social life. This small town atmosphere and culture thrives even today, both in
the countryside as well as in the cities' neighborhood pubs.
While socialization became the focus of the culture, many other cultural aspects
began to define the people. Catholicism is at the core of their culture and identity,
Irish dress is very distinguishable and Irish dancing and music is now growing
in popularity the world over. However, other cultural aspects were lost over time,
primarily due to outside influences as Irish (also known as Gaelic) was almost entirely
replaced with the English language and remains so today.
Today Ireland continues to change, particularly as cities grow and technology alters
the lifestyle on a daily basis. However, the culture is still rooted in the towns
and countryside as socialization and family are king and all are welcome to the
Learn More About Ireland:
Map of Ireland: