Ireland: The Essential Guide to Customs & Culture (Culture Smart!)
It is true to say that the pattern of life in Ireland has cometo resemble that of its neighbors and superficially, it may be hardto tell an English, Scots, or Welsh person from someone fromIreland. People may dress similarly, speak the same language andhave many of the same tastes. However, underneath the surface thereare significant differences.The Irish are steeped in their history, both real and mythical.Their history and their religion have forged the nationalconsciousness. To understand the Irish you must be aware of theevents that have shaped and still shape their thoughts andfeelings. Ireland is a complex place; a little trouble taken tolearn its customs, etiquette and traditions will be amplyrewarded.This guide is written for those who want to know more and godeeper. Here you will find out about the beliefs and attitudes ofthe Irish, their rich musical and literary culture, the values theylive by, how they do business and how they enjoy themselves. Thisunderstanding will be appreciated by your hosts; it will open doorsto you, even open the hearts of a generous, talented people,justifiably proud of their unique identity.