This is something that I try to do everywhere I go. I try to make note of all surprising cultural observations that I come across in my travels. As a disclaimer, these may not be 100% true, as many are broad generalizations, and some of these were told to me by various people I met along the way, so take them with a grain of salt.
- Irish people are just the friendliest people I’ve met anywhere. They are very approachable, and not at all afraid to approach you. They are also extremely helpful when it comes to advice about what to do and how to get there.
- People have a lot of passion for their county and they display their county flags on their houses and cars.
- When people give directions, I found that they tend to do so by describing the order of the towns you will pass through, instead of specific roads.
- To park on the street in Cork, you must go to a local store and buy a “parking disc”. It has lottery-style scratch-off sections that you use to indicate the year, month, day, hour, and minute that you have parked, and you leave it on your dashboard.
- Gaelic Football is a very popular sport in Ireland and is one of the only remaining strictly amateur sports in the world, as players, managers, and coaches are prohibited from receiving payment.