Irish Culture

Do's and Don'ts

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Do’s

  • Try to be receptive to humour as the Irish appreciate good banter, and joking is a great way of establishing rapport.
  • Engage in conversation topics about the arts in Ireland (e.g. literature and music), sport, one's place of origin and family.
  • Be aware of pub etiquette. Try to observe others when in doubt about how you should behave.
  • If someone ‘slags’ you (teases or jokingly insults), try to reply with good humour and show you are not disconcerted by it. Humour is a common communicative tool in Ireland and slagging is usually not ill-intended.
  • The topic of Northern Ireland and the role of the UK in Irish politics is not necessarily taboo. However, do approach this conversation topic with a high degree of sensitivity and willingness to listen to your counterpart.

 

Do not’s

  • Do not refer to those from the Republic of Ireland as ‘British’. Be mindful that many in Northern Ireland will be offended if referred to as ‘Irish’.
  • Similarly, do not refer to Ireland as the United Kingdom and vice versa. These are two distinct countries with differing cultures.
  • Avoid stereotyping your Irish counterpart. Referring to stereotypes or clichés will not be well received, particularly stereotypes relating to alcohol and drunkenness.
  • Try not to dominate a conversation, be aggressive or overly direct. This can be interpreted as being pretentious and impolite.
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Ireland
  • Population
    4,757,976
    [2016 census]
  • Languages
    English [official]
    Gaelic [official] (39.8%)
    [2016 census]
  • Religions
    Catholic Christianity (78.3%)
    No Religion (9.8%)
    Church of Ireland (2.7%)
    Other Christianity (2.6%)
    Islam (1.3%)
    Other (1.7%)
    [2016 census]
  • Ethnicities
    White Irish (82.2%)
    Other White (9.5%)
    Asian (2.1%)
    Black (1.3%)
    Other (1.5%)
    Irish Travellers (0.7%)
    Not Stated (2.6 %)
    [2016 census]
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 28
    Individualism 70
    Masculinity 68
    Uncertainty Avoidance 35
    Long Term Orientation 24
    Indulgence 65
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  • Australians with Irish Ancestry
    2,388,058 [2016 census]
Irish in Australia
  • Population
    74,888
    [2016 census]
    This figure refers to the number of Australian residents that were born in Ireland.
  • Average Age
    43
  • Gender
    Male (53.8%)
    Female (46.2%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (75.4%)
    No Religion (11.4%)
    Anglican Christianity (3.8%)
    Other (6.6%)
  • Ancestry
    Irish (89.9%)
    English (4.2%)
    Australian (1.5%)
    Other (3.3%)
  • Language Spoken at Home
    English (95.1%)
    Irish (2.3%)
    Gaelic (0.5%)
    Other (1.2%)
    Of those who speak a language other than English at home, 83.6% speak English fluently.
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (32.6%)
    Victoria (21.7%)
    Western Australia (21.2%)
    Queensland (16.2%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (58.4%)
    2001-2006 (10.5%)
    2007-2011 (27%)
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