Ireland is steeped in culture, it includes traditions and customs, as well as folklore, music, language, art, and food. Ireland is home to 24 Olympic medallists and 14 Oscar winners. Irish individuals that have won the Nobel Prize in Literature include Seamus Heaney, Samuel Beckett, George Bernard Shaw, and W.B. Yeats. Bram Stoker, Oscar Wilde and Jonathon Swift were all Irish writers, although they were famous for works written in English.
The Gaelic culture originated in Ireland but eventually expanded to Scotland, and much of north western Europe. The Irish culture has been influenced by Scottish, English, and Anglo-Norman cultures throughout history.
Many Irish traditions have become known around the world, including Halloween and Saint Patrick's Day. Archaeological evidence has shown that farming in Ireland began about the time humans first began to settle, agriculture continues to be an important sector in our economy and lifestyle.
Sport plays a key part in Irish culture and is always a hot topic when meeting in a pub or talking with someone in the street. We continue to be very proud of our Gaelic Games (GAA), known locally as Football and Hurling. Hurling is the fastest and oldest field game known to man, with a 3,000-year history. Most, if not all towns and villages have a local GAA club and is a great way to meet neighbours and new friends. Teams are made from various ages from 8 – 30+.
Ireland attracts many multi-national companies, including
- 9 of the top 10 global software companies
- 9 of the top 10 Pharmaceutical companies
- 9 of the top 10 US technology companies
- The top 3 enterprise software companies
- 4 of the top 5 IT services companies
There are a number of reasons for this;
- English speaking nation
- Member of the European Union
- Geographical placement of Ireland
- One of the youngest, best educated workforce in Europe