Irish Culture

Communication

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Verbal

  • Communication Style: Be prepared for the Irish to digress into stories, jokes and tales when speaking. They have a tendency to be poetic and lyrical in their expressions, and therefore points are often relayed through anecdotes.
  • Language Style: Exaggeration and hyperboles are common in Irish speech to embellish stories and make speech intriguing. That being said, be careful with constant over exaggeration as this can make you seem insincere or nonsensical.
  • Indirect Communication: Note that the Irish can have a slight tendency to be less direct in communication. They generally utilise nonverbal cues and understatement for the sake of politeness. They may not bluntly express dissatisfaction or disagreement but give subtle cues instead, such as changing the subject, using a sarcastic tone or making a noticeable lack of agreement. Humour is also often used to disguise feelings.
  • Interruption: The Irish may often feel the need to interrupt, but try to refrain from doing so yourself.


Non-Verbal

  • Physical Contact: The Irish are warm and friendly in disposition, but generally restrain themselves from showing a great deal of physical affection in public. Irish men in particular are normally less tactile than women, but friendly back-slaps and other gestures are still common.
  • Punctuality: The Irish are relatively flexible with their time, so it is generally acceptable to arrive 15 minutes after the agreed time. That being said, do not be late if doing so puts others in a compromising position.
Ireland
  • Population
    4,677,340
    0.06% of World Population
  • Languages
    English (official) 100%
    Gaelic (official) 38.7%
  • Religions
    Catholic Christianity (84.7%)
    No Religion (5.7%)
    Church of Ireland (2.7%)
    Christianity [ndf] (2.7%)
    Islam (1.1%)
    Other (1.7%)
  • Ethnicities
    Irish (86.9%)
    English (2.5%)
    Other European (6.8%)
    Asian (1.5)
    Other (2.3%)
  • Cultural Dimensions
    Power Distance 28
    Individualism 70
    Masculinity 68
    Uncertainty Avoidance 35
    Long Term Orientation 24
    Indulgence 65
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  • Australians with Irish Ancestry
    2,087,758
Irish in Australia
  • Population
    67,318
  • Average Age
    43
  • Gender
    Male (53.8%)
    Female (46.2%)
  • Religion
    Catholic Christianity (75.4%)
    No Religion (11.4%)
    Anglican Christianity (3.8%)
    Other (6.6%)
  • Ancestry
    Irish (89.9%)
    English (4.2%)
    Australian (1.5%)
    Other (3.3%)
  • Languages
    English (95.1%)
    Irish (2.3%)
    Gaelic (0.5%)
    Other (1.2%)
  • English Proficiency
    Well (83.6)%)
    Not Well (5.1%)
  • Diaspora
    New South Wales (32.6%)
    Victoria (21.7%)
    Western Australia (21.2%)
    Queensland (16.2%)
  • Arrival to Australia
    Prior to 2001 (58.4%)
    2001-2006 (10.5%)
    2007-2011 (27%)
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