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Information from the EU on Irish culture and traditional social activities...

Ireland has two official languages - Irish Gaelic and English.

Saint Patrick's Day (March 17th) is Ireland's official national day. It is a national holiday and festival parades are held in towns and cities all around the country.

The Irish landscape has many places of natural beauty and historical significance, which have influenced the artistic, cultural and literary nature of its people for thousands of years. Heritage Ireland website is designed to introduce you to some of the many rich and varied attractions of Ireland's heritage.

Music is an intrinsic part of Irish culture from the traditional Irish song and ballads in the past to our world famous modern musicians such as U2, Van Morrison and The Corrs. Dancing has always been part of Ireland's culture and traditional dance has been revolutionised by the success of Riverdance.

The pub is traditionally the favoured place for socialising and 'going for a pint' is something of a national pastime'. There are over 10,000 pubs in Ireland, many offering live traditional and modern music as well as pub-grub (food). All pubs and restaurants in Ireland are now smoke-free zones.

Gaelic football, hurling and camogie are very popular, traditional sports exclusive to Ireland and the Irish communities abroad. Fishing, sailing, horse racing, shooting, windsurfing, hill walking are all well supported and recognised sports.


The Republic of Ireland is a eurozone member state. The unit of currency is the Euro

Text last edited on: 03/2011

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