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All About Irish

Happy Saint Patrick Day Let's celebrate and get lucky. EDITION NUMBER 1 MARCH 15, 2019 Create By Stephanie Meza


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Irish Culture History ...1 Saint Patrick Day........2 Pub Culture................3 Irish Music...................4 Irish Dancing................5


Irish Culture IRISH (GAELIC OR IRISH GAELIC) IS A GOIDELIC LANGUAGE OF THE INDOEUROPEAN LANGUAGE FAMILY, ORIGINATING IN IRELAND AND HISTORICALLY SPOKEN BY THE IRISH. IRISH IS NOW SPOKEN NATIVELY BY A SMALL MINORITY OF THE IRISH POPULATION – MOSTLY IN GAELTACHT AREAS – BUT ALSO PLAYS AN IMPORTANT SYMBOLIC ROLE IN THE LIFE OF THE IRISH STATE. IT ENJOYS CONSTITUTIONAL STATUS AS THE NATIONAL AND FIRST OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE REPUBLIC OF IRELAND AND IT IS AN OFFICIAL LANGUAGE OF THE EUROPEAN UNION. IRISH SOCIETY AND CULTURE THE CATHOLIC CHURCH MOST PEOPLE IN THE COUNTRY ARE ROMAN CATHOLIC. UNTIL THE EARLY 1990S THE CHURCH HAD A VERY STRONG VOICE IN SOCIETY AS WELL AS POLITICS. THEIR ROLE HOWEVER HAS DIMINISHED. THERE IS NOW SOMETHING OF A GENERATIONAL DIVIDE WITH PEOPLE OVER 50 STILL BEING QUITE OBSERVANT AND CONSERVATIVE IN THEIR VIEWS. RELIGION STILL VERY MUCH HAS A SAY IN SOCIETY’S VIEW OF FAMILY, MARRIAGE, AND ABORTION. THE FAMILY THE EXTENDED FAMILY IS STILL VERY MUCH THE DOMINANT SOCIAL STRUCTURE ALTHOUGH URBANISATION IS HAVING AN IMPACT. EVEN WHEN FAMILY MEMBERS DO MOVE TO THE CITIES YOU WILL OFTEN FIND THEIR TIES TO “HOME” ARE STILL VERY STRONG.


SAINT PATRICK DAY

The feast day of Ireland’s Patron Saint is famous across the globe, but many do not even realise that one of the most famous Irish figures wasn’t even from Ireland! Report this ad Born in Roman-occupied Britain, at 16 the young Pātricius was kidnapped by Irish bandits into slavery as a shepherd. For years Patrick prayed to God, his faith constantly growing. After 6 years he heard God call him to port located over a hundred miles away and he left Ireland. Patrick returned after a vision of the lost Irish children convinced him to bring Christianity to Ireland. Patrick famously compared the Holy Trinity to a Shamrock, subsequently becoming an icon forever linked with Ireland. Patrick died on the 17th March 461 AD after a long life of preaching the word of Christ (and may or may not have chased the snakes out of Ireland in the interim). When the Irish immigrated to America in the 19th Century, the celebrations of Patrick followed and from there this quaint tribute to Ireland’s patron Saint became a worldwide celebration of Irish culture and spirit.


Pub Culture Pub culture in Ireland is integral to community life, with public houses seen as places where friends and families can meet and catch-up on each other’s lives. Pubs in Ireland will most certainly feature one of the most famous icons of Ireland: Guinness. Introduced by Arthur Guinness from his brewery at St James’s Gate, Dublin in 1859, Guinness is one of the most popular and well-known drinks in the world and in Ireland it is still the most popular alcoholic drink bringing in €2 thousand-million every year and with a 9,000-year lease on the brewery, the world’s most famous pint is truly here to stay.


Irish Music Music plays a great part in Irish culture and many pubs across the island will host live music. Traditional Irish music typically employs world instruments such as the fiddle, piano and acoustic guitar combined with home-grown instruments like Irish bouzoukis, Uilleann pipes and the Celtic harp aka clรกirseach, the official symbol of Ireland. Apart from the harp, most Irish traditional instruments were developed relatively recently with many, such as accordions, concertinas, the bodhrรกn and the Uilleann pipes emerging in the 19th Century whilst the guitar and bouzouki are products of the revival of Irish traditional music in the mid-20th Century. Modern traditional music sessions in Ireland are popular events, notable for lasting into the little hours of the morning and for being warm, sociable events. And of course, what use is good music unless you can dance to it!


Irish Dancing

Irish dancing became internationally popular in the 1990s after the success of Riverdance but Irish dance takes many forms including jigs, reels, step dancing and ceili dances.

Irish dancing also has a unique fashion sense, with dresses based on designs found in the Book of Kells and the famous hard shoes that produce clicks in time to the movements of the dance were developed in the 19th Century. The clicking noises came from the wooden heels and toes of the shoes. Nowadays these are typically made with fiberglass.


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