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Religions and languages in Ireland

Two languages ​​have been officially approved in Ireland: English and Gaelic. The second language is often referred to as Celtic. It is in its structure, a kind of Indo-European dialect. Please note that Gaelic is considered by the local population as their native language. It is used in schools and higher educational institutions. However, it is difficult to ascertain whether the ethnic populations of Ireland all possess a good command of this language. Many scholars believe that the Gaelic language is indeed the national Irish language, but not on ethnic grounds. In ancient times, immigrants brought the Celtic language to the island, and since then, its popularity has gradually increased.
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In modern times, the government and the President of Ireland is doing a lot to ensure that the younger generation once again adopt and appreciate this primordially native Irish Gaelic language. But, the results so far has not been very comforting. Notwithstanding, the Celtic language has been made mandatory for study for all current politicians. Please note that in the 19th century, the so-called Gaelic League was organized. However, by this time the language had ceased to be widespread. For the most part, this was influenced by the conquest of the Stuart and Tudor dynasties. In the middle and the end of the 17th century, there was a great suppression of the Gaelic language in the territory of modern Ireland. Even in the year 1695, a code was signed which abolished the use of this language in everyday life and also in printed literature.
English language still plays the dominant role in the country. Statistics show that it is spoken by about 96% of the entire local population of the country, whereas only a small part of the ethnic life which is no more than 8%, speaks the Gaelic language. It will interest you to know that there are also various dialects spread throughout the territory of Ireland. For example, the northern part of the state uses the so-called “Ulster”, and in the western part, the Connacht accent. In the southern part of Ireland, people most often communicate in everyday life using the Munster dialect. In view of this, the government created and processed the official Irish language, such that a clear grammar and training course was held in all regions of the country. Many scientists believe that there is no future for the Gaelic language. This Language is undoubtedly linked with the history of this great nation. However, the trends are disappointing. It is quite possible that in a few decades the language will become extinct like Latin. Copyright www.orangesmile.com
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The main religion in the country is the Catholicism of the Latin rite. In general, it can be said that religious denominations had a very big influence in the history of the formation of Ireland. To date, about 85% of Irish citizens consider themselves Catholics. You will even find reflected in the Constitution of the country, many interests and customs of the Catholic faith such as being afforded the status of majority religion. There was in the past for example, an article prohibiting divorce. Prior to 1973 also, due to the fact that it contradicts with the Catholic faith, all contraceptives were placed under constitutional ban in Ireland. Even today, the education sector also receives serious support from the Catholic Church.
And, despite the fact that the amendments were made to the Constitution in relation to the abolition of Catholic interests only at the end of the last century, local residents began to move away from religion very quickly. Ireland is still considered one of the most religious countries in the world and is actively conducting its missionary education. However, the number of people who consider themselves believers has significantly decreased over the past thirty years. Earlier, about 92% of Catholics visited the holy church services. Now, not more than 60% attend. Large parts of the young population are now refusing to follow such strict rules of Catholicism. They celebrate religious holidays and adhere to certain customs, but do not consider it necessary to live only according to God’s law.
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It is worth noting that today, quite a large percentage of the total population (about 10%) consider themselves Protestants. The Protestant faith was developed back in the seventh century when the immigrants from Great Britain began to actively move to the lands of Ireland. However, over time, adherents of Catholicism and the Protestant movement respectively discredited one another. This brought about serious civil unrest. Although in modern times, practically no one pays any attention to the difference in religion. At the end of the last century, Ireland was even ruled by two Presidents who were adherents of the Protestant religion. This however did not stop Catholics from casting their votes either. Within the territory of the country you will also find small communities of Muslims, Presbyterians, Orthodox Christians, Buddhists and Hindus.
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Hook Head Lighthouse

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Hook Head Lighthouse, also known as the Hook Lighthouse, is situated in Ireland. It is one of the oldest lighthouses in the world. The existing tower dates from the 13th century and amazes of its considerable dimensions and firmness. The wall thickness is from 4 meters to 13 meters in the basement. Its height is 35 meters and the main identifying feature is horizontal black-and-white stripes, which make it one of the most recognized in the world.

The tower is not very attractive inside because the first lighthouse-keepers were monks. Since that time in the lighthouse were saved moderate recessions that resemble monks’ cells. The keepers lived there until the end of the 20th century. Several years ago, near the lighthouse was opened the tourist office which was placed in the old … Read all
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Traditions in Ireland cities

Dublin
The locals are distinguished by welcoming and friendly attitude to visitors. They are very trusting and hospitable. A local proverb saying "A stranger is a friend who you are to meet" describes the nature of the local people in the best way. Tourists should not be afraid to ask citizens for help. They will certainly tell visitors how to get to main places of interest, and will answer all of your questions. During the time of holidays the border between local residents and visitors is erased at … Read more
Killarney
Main streets of the town come alive in the evening – there are fairs, theatrical and musical performances, as well as performances of famous comedians and magicians in the squares. Generally, the festival is dedicated to Killarney Summerfest sports, but it also covers some creative aspects. The most important sporting events are Killarney Regatta, 5-kilometer Killarney Races and competition of cyclists. The event is attended not only by professional athletes, but also by locals as well as … Read more

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