Customs in Ireland

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Although English is the most widely spoken language in Ireland, the official language is Gaelic. Gaelic is spoken by a small percentage of the Irish population in areas known as The Gaeltacht.

The currency used in Ireland is the Euro (EUR) - €

The Irish have strong family values, and many extended families still live in one home. Most of the families who are not all under one roof remain close and have a close bond with one another.

Customs and Etiquette in Everyday Life and Socialization

Handshakes should be firm, brief with full eye contact. It is customary to shake hands with everyone in the room, including children, upon meeting and leaving.

If invited to an Irish home for dinner, don't be late! Bring your hostess fine chocolates, a bottle of good wine or flowers. Avoid bringing lilies, red roses, and most white flowers.

The Irish consider it to be polite to eat everything on your plate. If you are offered a drink, it can be perceived as an insult to decline the offer. At the end of the meal, offer to help clear the table and/or wash the dishes. The following day, send a handwritten thank you note to your hosts.

When it comes to gratuity, tipping is both accepted and appreciated in Ireland.
• Restaurants: Tip your server at least 10%
• Taxis - Round up the fare
• Porters and bellhops: €1 per bag

Customs and Etiquette in Business

Men should be dressed in dark, conservative suits and ties. Women should wear conservative dresses or tasteful suits. Accessorize, but avoid flashy jewelry.

Be on time and be prepared to stay awhile, as matters are often discussed at great lengths. Most of the time, small talk will precede the meeting, so your Irish colleagues can get to know you before starting business negotiations. A major locale for business meetings in Ireland is the golf course, so be prepared to swing the clubs!


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