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By: Amber Clark

Ireland Culture
The culture of Ireland has a variety of customs,
traditions, languages, music, art, literature, folklore,
cuisine, and sports associated with Ireland and the Irish
people. For most of its recorded history, Irelands culture
has been primarily Gaelic. Which is a political and social
order that existed in Ireland from sometime in the early
17th Century. Irish culture has a global reach and festivals
such as Saint Patricks Day, Halloween and The Twelfth of
July are celebrated all over the world. Irish culture has to
some degree been inherited and modified by the Irish
diaspora, which in turn has influence the home country.
For holidays and festivals, the Irish calendar still
reflects the old pagan customs. The national holiday in
the Republic of Ireland is Saint Patricks Day, 17 March
and is marked by parades and festivals in cities and
towns across the island of Ireland, and by the Irish

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diaspora around the world. The festival is in


remembrance to Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland.
Pious legend credits Patrick with banishing snakes from
the island, and legend also credits Patrick with teaching
the Irish about the concept of the Trinity. Which defines
God as three consubstantial persons, The Father, The Son
and The Holy Spirit. Patrick showed people a 3-leaved
clover, using to highlight the Christian belief of three
divine persons in the one god.
For Literature and the arts, the early history of Irish
visual art is general considered to begin with early
carvings found at sites such as Newgrange and is traced
through Bronze age artefacts, particularly ornamental
gold objects. During the course of the 19th and 20th
centuries, a strong indigenous tradition of painting
emerged. The Irish tradition of folk music and dance is
also widely known. The annual Fleadh Cheoil na hEireann

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(meaning festival of music) is the largest festival of Irish


music in Ireland.
Sports on the island of Ireland is popular and
widespread. Throughout the island a wide variety of
sports are played, the most popular being Gaelic football,
hurling, soccer, rugby union and hockey. Gaelic football is
the most popular sport in Ireland. In Ireland many sports,
such as rugby union, Gaelic football and hurling, are
organized in an all-island basis, with a single team
representing the island of Ireland in international
competitions.
I chose Ireland as my country because I have a lot of
family history that revolves around Irish culture. One day
I am going to plan a trip there to learn more about my
heritage and more about how Irish culture has changed
throughout the centuries. Ireland fascinates me by its

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beauty and how it still holds on to many traditions and


customs.