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Life in Ireland

On request of our reader Max, we decided to share our thoughts about life in Ireland, and the day to day life of an Irish person. We agree with Max, that, a day in the life of one average Irish person can reflect Irish life as a whole. This is also the same for most civilised countries, where the majority of people are the middle class.

Of course, life in Ireland during the recession is different from living during the time of the ‘Celtic Tiger Phenomenon’, but it’s good to know, that living during this time wasn’t much different than living in Ireland now. Irish people are still as kind and thoughtful as they were during the time of the countries ‘economical miracle’. This is the same for not only Irish people but all those currently living in Ireland, whatever their nationality.

O'Connell Street in Dublin

It is a fact that people living or visiting the island of Ireland are usually kind. Not that long ago we told you about the Russian army ship ‘Admiral Chabanenko’, that went into Dublin Port. The captain of this ship said that ‘he was amazed not only by the islands beauty but also the kindness of its residence’ in his interview. And since this is the captain of a ship, he probably has a lot of places to compare.

Coming back to our thoughts on Irish life, we would like to note, that during the time of our stay in Ireland, we weren’t looked at suspiciously or scornfully, we event didn’t get the vibe that we were strangers from the locals. Apart from this, all our neighbours, the church and all the Irish people that we knew tried to show their support and give their attention.

Grafton Street in Dublin

We already wrote about the friendliness of Irish people, but we would like to say some more on the matter. Our neighbour, knowing that we were coming back from our holidays during the night, waited until our arrival and brought out snacks for our kids. Or, when the priest of the very same church that was founded by Sir Arthur Guinness, went on holidays, he used to lend us his car during the times when we didn’t own our own.

You can run into the friendliness and kindness of Irish people daily. For example, all the workers of any establishment always greet you with the phrase ‘What can I do for you?’ This is especially nice to hear when you know that even in your birthplace you wouldn’t get this kind of behaviour often. No wonder hat 10% of Irelands population are immigrants.

Carlingford, Co.Louth

The entire country tries very hard for people to properly integrate in Ireland. They give the opportunity for everyone to start learning even at old age, improve their qualification and even make a comity for the involvement of immigrants in Irish politics. All this is done by the Irish government to give social and financial help to immigrant families especially those with children.

In primary schools all over Ireland (up to 6th class) help is given to children from other countries. The school usually has a special teacher that help immigrant children learn English and fit into the strange new country. Also the schools usually have an S.N.A (special needs assistance), that helps all the children with special needs, whatever their nationality.

City of Cahir in Ireland

We thing it’s great that religion is taught in Irish schools, including introducing children to religious ceremonies (Holy Communion) and introducing teenagers into a responsible adult life (Confirmation).

In the format of today’s post we couldn’t include the everyday life of Irish people, but it’s great to know that we’ll come back to this topic soon.

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