Ireland

The Emerald Isle

Religion

The 1991 census lists 92% of the population of the Republic of Ireland as Roman Catholic


Ethicity

Norman, English, French, Scottish, and Welsh admixture


Arts & Music

uillean pipes & tin whistle are the main instruments in Ireland. Irish gold personal ornaments began to be produced within about 200 years either side of 2000 BC, especially in the thin crescent-shaped disks known as lunulae, which was probably first made in Ireland, where over eighty of the hundred odd known examples were found. A range of thin decorated gold discs, bands and plaques, often with pin-holes, were probably attached to clothing, and objects that appear to be earrings have also been found.


Language

English is the mother tongue of most Irish people.

Irish is a compulsory subject at school and students must study it from the age of 4 when they begin school through until the end of secondary school.

Economic Activites in Ireland

The Irish economy is small and highly open. The value of internationally traded goods and services in 2012 was equivalent to 191 per cent of GDP, which amounted to €164 billion for the year. Compared to 2000, this represents an increase in the size of internationally traded goods of 5.3 percent

Political Systems

Ireland is a parliamentary democracy. The Head of the Government is the Taoiseach. The Tanaiste is the Deputy Prime Minister. There are 15 Government Departments. The Taoiseach and the Ministers collectively form the Governmant under the Irish constitution, and they hold executive power.

Customs & Traditions

WEDDING-A typical Irish traditional wedding is a beautiful ceremony to see or take part in. From the stunning attire of both the bride and groom, traditionally the later would be dressed in a kilt made from the tartan of his clan. The bride would as is done to-day be dressed in a white dress to symbolize her purity. DEATH- Although death is a sad occasion a traditional wake is seldom solemn. Friends and family alike gather and share memories and funny stories about the deceased. Food and drink is always present and although the church tried to ban alcohol from wakes it was unsuccessful. ST.PATRICKS DAY- March 17th marks the day of St Patrick, celebrated by millions of people around the world. In Ireland, St Patrick’s Day was always held as an important religious day to celebrate the teachings of Christianity by St Patrick.