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Irish Etiquette Tips
Ireland is a very friendly place to visit, with fairly relaxed etiquette. However, there are a few topics to steer clear of when socializing and there some specific table manners that are considered polite, so read up on some Irish etiquette below!
1. Dress Attire
- DO dress modestly, if you wish to blend in. Bright colors aren't typically worn in Ireland. Subdued colors, tweed, and wool are more common.
- DO wear a suit for business meetings. Women wear skirts and dresses more often than pants.
2. Table Manners
- DO use the small plate next to your dinner plate for the peelings of boiled potatoes.
- DO eat everything served to you if eating at someone's home.
- DON'T refuse a drink unless you absolutely must. It could be considered rude.
- DO tip at least 10% at a restaurant. A tip will usually be included in the bill for bigger groups.
- DO tip hotel porters 1 Euro a bag.
- DO round up to the next Euro when paying a taxi driver.
4. Gift Giving and Accepting Gifts<
- DON'T give expensive or flashy gifts.
- DON'T give lilies, which are for religious occasions. Avoid giving red and white flowers, which symbolize death.
- DO politely refuse a gift when it's first offered. When giving a gift to someone, expect them to do the same.
- DO shake hands with everyone present upon meeting, and maintain eye contact. Shake hands again upon leaving.
6. Visitors Etiquette
- DO bring a little something for your hosts, such as flowers, chocolate, cheese, or wine.
7. Business Meeting
- DO try to have a third party to initiate business.
- DO be on time, but don't expect your Irish colleagues to be punctual.
- DO exchange business cards.
- DO practice your golf skills beforehand! Business is often conducted on the golf course.
- DO be patient. Long-term planning and agenda-following are rare.
8. Socializing and Conversation
- DO be friendly. When walking around small towns and villages, it's common to say “hello” to everyone you pass by.
- DON'T confuse Ireland with England. The Irish are proud of their cultural differences with England, so steer clear of making any comments that could be seen as offensive.
- DON'T discuss religion. It's a very sensitive subject to many Irish.
9. Pub Etiquette
- DO ask for a glass of something if you want a half-pint, though pints are more the norm.
- DO understand that asking for a “drop” of something (i.e. whiskey) means that you're actually asking for a glass of it, not simply a drop!
- DO buy drinks for people. If someone has done you a favor, ask the bartender to send over a drink. They don't have to tell who it's from. It's also common to buy drinks for musicians playing in a pub.
- DO learn the Irish system of buying ‘rounds’. It’s considered rude to leave the pub before buying everyone in your ‘round’ a drink.
Although Ireland is a very laid-back place to visit, you'll blend in much better if you know a bit about their etiquette. So leave the loud clothes at home, pack some tweed clothing, and be prepared to have a pint or two. Have a wonderful trip to Ireland.
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