Each nation is unique in its own way. However, some of them are surrounded by numerous myths. A classic example is the Irish. It is difficult to characterize them with some stereotypes. There is even a legendary expression attributed to Sigmund Freud: “This is a race of people towards whom psychoanalysis does not make sense.” The image of the Irishman is surrounded by myths, they should be debunked. This nationality is very interesting, but not as bright as it is commonly believed.
Irish people are benevolent people.
It is believed that the Irish will gladly give you the last shirt. But they often prefer not to share it, but to sue for it. Especially often lawsuits happen in families because of inheritance. In general, the Irish are friendly, but much depends on who you are, where you are and what you are doing. Ireland is called “the land of thousands of greetings,” but it is only worth deserving a bad reputation and the picture will radically change.
All Irish are religious.
When the time comes for a crisis, or is in danger, any Irishman, even an atheist, will call to the aid of all the saints. But this does not speak of deep religiosity, rather, it is a reflex inherent from birth. It is believed that 90% of citizens of Ireland are Catholics. In fact, only 30% of them ever visited the church at all. They mention the Lord’s name when they fall or get dislocated, like so many of us do.
Irish can not sing.
Ireland can be proud of its singers. It is enough to recall the names of Ronan Keating, Chris de Burg and Daniel O’Donnell. And the main musical export product is the U2 group. However, do not assume that any Irishman can at any time sing a rebellious national song. Nevertheless, it is worth noting that local ballads can perfectly brighten the evenings. The Irish sing about love, a snowfall and a gentle light, making the listeners cry. Such a love of music is part of the national spirit.
Irish are irreconcilable.
In 1981, as a result of the hunger strike, Bobby Sands, the leader of the IRA, died. This has attracted the attention of the entire world community to the problem of relations between England and Northern Ireland. To annoy London, the Irish government even decided to change the name of the street where the English embassy was. Churchill’s boulevard was to be renamed Bobby Sands Street. Then the British embassy had to change its address. Now all the printed materials were sent to the side street and the house. So the embassy managed to refuse to use the name of the insurgent. And the term “boycott” is of Irish origin, derived from the surname of Capt. James Boycott. The inhabitants of this country really have the principles and spirit of the struggle for justice.
All Irish are red with freckles.
This is a common stereotype, according to which all people of this nationality have red hair. But there are many natural blondes here, as well as black-haired men. Irish people often see brown or blue eyes. In our time, the country has become a multicultural, red-colored by nature there is only 9% left.
All the Irish are pugnacious.
It is believed that the Irish are so passionate that they are looking for an excuse for a fight. Only those who are rampant in public places do not approve, but simply consider a fool. And having received such recognition, there is a risk to keep a “stigma” for life.
All the Irish are drunkards.
Winged phrase reads: “God invented whiskey to protect the whole world from the power of the Irish.” According to statistics, here drink no more alcohol than in any other European country. The myth has appeared thanks to that Irishmen do not hide, what pleasure they receive from binge. In Dublin, one pub is a hundred inhabitants. And to appear drunk in public here even is considered a crime. Local residents do not need to get drunk to become cheerful. The company can make more noise because of communication, and not because of alcohol.
Irish are great storytellers and storytellers.
There are those who will please listeners with interesting stories, but others are not given.Interestingly, in Ireland, Amanda McKittrick was born (1869-1939). Her English literary experts called the worst writer in history. She published her own series of novels, winning the attention of many fans. The woman believed in her talent, despite the attacks of critics. They called them mites with donkey’s head and crab-corrupters, people with talents of a janitor. And today we remember her, not her critics.
All the Irish are blunt.
Englishmen for centuries mock their neighbors, islanders, considering them obtuse. Especially famous Edmund Spencer, who gave attacks on the Irish a lot of place in their poems. He argued that his neighbors were far from much more educated Englishmen. Do not forget that Ireland gave the world to James Joyce (he is considered the real heir of Shakespeare), as well as other prominent poets and writers.
Irish are vindictive.
Locals can easily become violent, but they are just as quickly away. Your former mistakes Irish, if they remember, it’s a joke. It is customary to treat life with humor and irony over yourself, so you should not be offended. There is even a comic term for “Irish Alzheimer.” It refers to the fact that Irish sometimes “forget” about the birthdays of their relatives, not wanting to congratulate them. But this is just a joke.
All Irishmen adore green.
Following this statement, we can say that the Spaniards are fans of red, and the Dutch adore orange. If the Irish on their main holiday wears all green, this does not mean a general obsession with the color at another time. There are traditions, according to which people choose green scarves and hats at public events. This concludes the love for “national” color. And with those on whom there is nothing green, they will still communicate.
Irish speak Irish.
The national language is indeed Irish, but it is used only in a few solitary places in the west of the island. Most often the Irish speak English.
Irish live in Ireland.
In Ireland itself there are about 4 million people of this nationality. But people all over the world have Irish roots. It is believed that most of them in the US – up to 36 million. They are in Canada, Australia, Argentina and Mexico. And all these people cheerfully celebrate their national holiday – St. Patrick’s Day. And the reason for the great migration was the “Great Famine”, when people on the island massively died because of a crop failure of potatoes. Then many poor people decided to emigrate to the United States. Currently, the Irish “by blood” in the world about 80 million people.
Count Dracula has Irish roots.
It’s amazing, but it’s true. Writer Bram Stoker, who created the cult book, was never in Eastern Europe at all. He was born in Dublin and grew up in Ireland. It was here that he listened to local legends about mysterious creatures, reveling in human blood. And there is a very specific story about the leader Abhartach, who, according to historians, was the king of vampires.