The Irish Culture

cultural beliefs, practices, and much much more

Medical Beliefs

The Irish have some of what we would consider "odd" beliefs when it comes to the medical world. The Irish believed several spiritual things that would probably make most people laugh. But to them, these things were serious. They believed that pregnant women should not go into graveyards because they believed that any negative spirits would rob the fetus of nourishment, or that the fetus would die or be born so weak that it would not live to see it's first birthday. Strange, right? But to them this was important. Another belief was that it was best for the pregnant mother to give birth at the home with a mid-wife, while the husband and the rest of the family were at the pub awaiting the good news. Once they heard that the baby was born safe and healthy, they would celebrate.

The Great Potato Famine

When you hear people joke about how the Irish love potatoes... It's actually true. But to the Irish it is much more than just a joke. Potatoes originated in South America, and upon being founded, were brought to England to become the new "delicacy". But the English did not cook them, therefore they found them to be bitter. So they went on to Ireland, who at the time was struggling with their health and their economy. The Irish found the potatoes to be an immense gift, due to the fact that they grew so rapidly because the climate was similar to that of the potatoes origin in South America. The Irish population doubled from 1780 to 1840, from 4 million to nearly 8 million. But then- The blight came. In 1845 an odd fungus coming from a remote Mexican Valley began to spread all throughout Western Europe. The highly infectious spores travelled through the moist winds and made their way to Ireland. The fungus ended up causing almost all of the potato crops to rot. The potato being the main crop of Ireland, this caused the population to plummet. The Irish lost 1 million people due to starvation, and around 1 1/2 million emigrated; mostly to The United States. A German Scientist found the fungus to be the cause, and soon put an end to it. The potato's were back on the rise again, and the Irish climbed up the ladder once again. After some time though. It was a very devastating time for the Irish. Not only were their own people dying, but those that emigrated had to leave their homeland in hopes of a better life. A lot of those who emigrated died while out at sea.


"The future is not set, there is no fate but what we make for ourselves." -Irish Proverb

The Irish Language

The Irish language is Gaelic. But Gaelic is not spoken much. For the most part, the Irish speak english. But their historical language is Gaelic. The reason for this being is because the English found it to be threatening. When the Irish spoke Gaelic and the English that lived in Ireland did not understand it, they felt threatened and excluded. When the English Rule came over Ireland, Gaelic slowly became used less and less. By the time the Irish regained their independence, Gaelic had already mostly died out. Though it is still spoken here and there, English is mostly spoken. But Gaelic is still taught in school because their original culture is very important to the Irish and they make sure not to lose themselves as the years go on.

Here are some English phrases in Gaelic.

Hello----> Dia duit

How are you?------> Conas atá tú?

The Irish and Family

The Irish are very big on family. They believe that blood is thicker than water, and that if there is anything a family member needs, that you should always be there to help them to the best of your abilities. Though this may seem to be a norm to any culture, it is very very important in the Irish culture. Family is always there, and the family name is considered a sacred thing.

Below is my family crest

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Small Facts

-Households tend to be patriarchal

-Irish people take a lot of pride in their heritage

-Irish people hardly ever take anything done for them for granted. They are very humble, and they will do as much for themselves as they can before they would ever let someone else help them.

-The genuine height of an Irish male is 5'8"

-Only 9% of the Irish population are natural redheads

My Family History

My Grandparents were born in Ireland and as were theirs. The generations go far back on my dads side. But where it gets mixed up is when my Irish father came to the United States in 1987 when he was only 20 years old. He came because he knew that work in Ireland was becoming scarce and that he would have more opportunities here in the states. He met my mother and they fell in love and they got married and had my sister Alillie and I.

My dad always tries to teach me how to be grateful and to be humble, which as a teenager can be difficult to do habitually.

As a child my dad had to buy his own clothing, which meant he was working from the age of 8. He would go around Shannon and wash windows for people and would deliver the paper as well. My dad was a nice kid, but he was also very tough. Though over here it may seem crazy, but in Ireland it wasn't an abnormal thing for a 13 year old to have a pint with their father down at the pub. Well, my dad would get in fights at 16 at the pub with other guys twice his age. He never did anything wrong, but older drunk men would pick fights with him and he would defend himself pretty well. The whole term "Fightin' Irish" got it's name from somewhere, right?

But we don't fight for no reason. If you are threatened, you have every right to protect yourself.

Not all Irish have the same morals, but most do.

All in All

Overall, the Irish take a lot of pride in their heritage and who they are. Even I do, and if anyone threatens or attempts to hurt my family or speak badly of my heritage I will stand up for myself and my family. We're kind and loving people, but not if you have done us wrong. Treatment is mutual.

As far as medical practices go, the Irish tend to follow basically the same guidelines as we do here in the United States. Way back in the day they had different views, most of which have changed.

Irish people are also very accepting. They are not very quick to judge and I have learned that from my dad.

I personally take a lot of pride in being Irish, and I love who I am. I love Ireland and all of the beliefs and morals that come with being Irish. I look up to my dad because he has a lot of good morals set and I would hope to one day have the same.