The Good-Hearted Irish: A Light Observation into Irish Culture

23 Sep

Considering this is my first time away from home for more than a few weeks, I have been pretty overwhelmed by the new environment and atmosphere that I am now submersed in. Coming from a pretty homogenous small town, the differences between the atmosphere, cultural norms, and general slang has thrown me for a loop. For this post, I decided to address a few things that I have noticed in my three weeks here in Ireland, from walking around Dublin to spending a weekend getting in touch with my roots at an ecolodge in Sligo.
The first thing I took to noticing during my stay in Dublin was that they generally have a happier demeanor towards tourists and Americans in general. Considering the States have a reputation of being annoying and rambunctious, I became genuinely curious as to why the Irish seem to adopt more patience when dealing with Americans. After my second week of classes in Economics, Irish Life and Cultures, and generally researching Irish history through tourist books, it seems that the Irish feel like the Americans are extended family and the amicable feelings could even be traced back to the fact that the States supported Irish separation from the UK.
Moreover, another thing that has shocked me about Dublin was the diversity between its inhabitants. Past every street corner and café, it is almost impossible to miss the buzz of the foreign linguistics throughout the streets. Due to the expansion of technological companies and the generally low corporate taxes in Ireland, Dublin has become such an international hub with displays and representations from all different parts of the world.
Lastly, something that really resonated with me was the Irish sense of loyalty towards their culture and traditions. Even though the technological world has expanded and capitalism has taken hold in Ireland, the Irish still respect the occupations of Druids and traditional musical groups. While we were at the ecolodge, we got to listen to some of the “ancient” musical tunes that are slowly changing over time, and we got to hear the stories from the Druid about the Irish folklore and how they think the land came to be. The traditions of the Druids and the devotion they provide towards their life long occupation shows how strongly bound the Irish are to their heritage and origins.
–Madeline Dilullo

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