Don’t rush the Irish.
The Irish have a relaxed sense of time and aren’t known for being punctual when it comes to social outings. However when it comes to business, expect the Irish to be like anyone else, so be on time.
Don’t leave the pub without shouting your round.
Avoid being labelled as stingy – if you’ve joined a circle of people and enjoying them shouting you a round, ensure you return the favour.
Do not confuse Ireland with the UK.
The Irish are very proud of their culture and how they differ from England.
They may prefer a nice bottle of wine.
Don’t assume that all Irish people drink Bailey’s or Whiskey. So if you’ve been invited to someone’s home bring wine, chocolates or flowers as a small token of appreciation. (Note that red and white flowers symbolize death so avoid these colours).
So instead of picturing leprechauns dancing in shamrock laden fields listening to fiddle music before your visit remember that Ireland is full of relaxed, courteous and welcoming people. In the wise words of Irish people now living in Australia: “All will be fine – just shout us a drink.”