In Ireland, there are plenty of wonderful experiences for all to try. But what are the favourite customs and traditions of the Irish? Here are five unique things that locals absolutely love.
Influenced by its rich past, Irish culture has changed dramatically over its history. As a small island, Ireland has many unique traditions. When looking to fully experience the culture in Ireland these are five things you cannot miss.
Tea: The beverage of warm welcomes
Tea is a household staple in Ireland. With the average tea drinker having more than 4 cups a day, this warm delight is enjoyed by many across Ireland. Typically served with milk and depending on preference, a teaspoon of sugar, tea has a daily role in the lives of the Irish.
Often used as an excuse to chat, the Irish can be seen sharing a biscuit or two over a cup of tea. This tradition is a deep part of Irish culture and is used to share stories, catch up or just have a laugh. A cup of tea is a sign of a warm welcome.
In Ireland, a cup of tea is the answer to all your problems. (Credit: Flickr)
Guinness: More than just a drink
This famous Irish stout is often the drink of choice for those looking to enjoy a taste of Irish alcohol. As a staple of the pub culture, Guinness can be found all across Ireland. This dark stout, best enjoyed from the stunning Gravity Bar after a tour of the Guinness Storehouse, is most definitely Ireland’s favourite beer.
Guinness is a perfect drink for a taste of Ireland. (Credit: Flickr)
Spice Bag: The perfect mix
As a relatively new addition to Irish cuisine, the spice bag is among Ireland’s top takeaway choices. This bag of shredded chicken, chips, and fried veg’ is enjoyed around the nation and can be experienced from most Chinese takeaways.
First introduced in Dublin 10 years ago, the spice bag quickly gained popularity in the city. With many developing their own variation, the spice bag became a well-known dish perfect for the weekend. As a safe choice and comfort food for many, the spice bag is definitely an Irish favourite.
Tayto: The perfect crisp snack
Tayto crisps are without a doubt an Irish classic. First to trademark the cheese and onion flavour and with their unmissable packaging, these simple yet delicious crisps are cherished by Irish locals. Often enjoyed on a sandwich, these crisps are a must for all looking to enjoy Irish culture.
Tayto Crisps are an Iconic Irish snack. (Credit: Tayto & Flickr)
GAA: The sport of the nation
The Gaelic Athletic Association or more commonly known as GAA is a key part of Irish culture. Featuring two Irish sports, Hurling and Gaelic football, the Irish can be seen on a Sunday morning watching everything from local clubs to county-level matches.
Known as the fastest sport on grass, hurlings’ origin dates back thousands of years and is embedded into Irish myths about the great warrior Setanta who killed a wolf with a hurl and a sliotar. Gaelic football on the other hand is close to 300 years old and is slightly more popular, it is also easier to understand and play.
Found in almost every home the hurl and sliotar are part of every Irish childhood. (Credit: Flickr)
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