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Avoid these mistakes foreigners make in Ireland

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When we are in a country different from ours, we often make small mistakes that end up jeopardizing our trip. It could be the fact of not understanding some local tradition, taking clothes from the wrong season or even breaking some law.

These mistakes can cause a simple embarrassment, but it can also cause a more delicate situation, such as being approached by an authority. Therefore, it is important to know how to avoid some mistakes in our destination country.

Many foreigners choose Ireland as their destination to study, work or simply visit. While most visitors have a positive experience in the country, there are some common mistakes foreigners make during their stay. Check out some of these common mistakes and how you can avoid them.

Not taking the weather into account

The weather in Ireland can be quite unpredictable and vary significantly from one day to the next. Many foreigners arrive in the country unprepared for the cold and rainy weather, which can make their stay uncomfortable. It is important to remember that even in summer, temperatures can be cool and rain is a daily possibility. To avoid this common mistake, make sure you bring warm, waterproof clothing during your stay in Ireland.

Unaware of local traditions

Ireland has a rich culture and many unique traditions that may be unfamiliar to foreigners. Some important traditions include traditional Irish music, popular dances such as the “céilí”, and the national sport, hurling. You need to show respect and interest in them during your stay in Ireland.

Also, it is important to keep in mind that the Irish are very proud of their culture and history and can be offended if their traditions are not respected.

English here is a little different

Although Ireland is an English-speaking country, there are some differences in vocabulary and pronunciation that can be confusing for foreigners. For example, the Irish often use words that are different from those used in England or the United States, such as “grand” (great) or “craic” (fun).

Also, Irish pronunciation can be very different from standard English. Understanding these language differences is critical to avoiding misunderstandings and communicating more effectively with locals.

Not respecting local laws and regulations

Finally, it is important to remember that Ireland has local laws and regulations that must be respected by foreigners. Some of the main concerns include:

  • drinking in public
  • Smoking in public areas
  • Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs.

Respect private property and local customs. For example, it is not acceptable to step on monuments or holy places in Ireland.


In conclusion, there are some common mistakes foreigners make in Ireland during their stay. We believe these tipsthey can help you make the most of your stayin this lovely country.

Author: Thiago

I moved to Ireland 2012. I work as a business administrator and travel a lot to Europe with my work. I enjoy writing and athletics during my vacation and try to visit friends and family every year in Brazil.
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