A Look at Irish Culture and Traditions – FamilySearch January 29, 2021

I saw this on FamilySearch today – A Look at Irish Culture and Traditions: https://www.familysearch.org/blog/en/irish-culture-and-traditions/. Much longer article, shortened it some to list key points. Definitely worth a read if you have Irish ancestors or appreciate things Irish. I included the topic headings below.

January 29, 2021 by Sally Odekirk

For many, the first things that come to mind when Irish culture is mentioned are leprechauns and shamrocks. But leprechauns and shamrocks are only a small part of the rich, ancient culture of Ireland.

Sometimes called the Emerald Isle, this beautiful land has often been the scene of conquest and conflict. Remnants of ancient cultures still linger, and Irish culture and traditions reflect those who came before in their holidays, music, literature, and even in the sports of hurling and Gaelic football.

As you learn about your Irish ancestors, take time to learn about the traditions that they experienced to better understand your Irish heritage.

A Brief History of Ireland

Thought to have been originally the home of hunter-gatherers in prehistoric times, Ireland saw the arrival of the Celts and Gaels during the Iron Age (around 500 BC). Normans and Vikings invaded Ireland around the 12th century. Then during the 16th century, the English began a long campaign to conquer and colonize the island.

During times of conflict and famine, especially during the Great Potato Famine of 1845, the Irish migrated to other lands, taking their traditions with them.  In 1921, as a result of the Irish war for independence from Great Britain, the island was partitioned into the Irish Republic and Northern Ireland.


Irish Religion


Holidays in Ireland


Traditional Irish Folklore, Music, and Dance


Irish Slang and Language


Incorporating Irish customs into your family traditions



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