Dia Dhuit - Hello in Irish (Gaelic)

  • Dia Dhuit is a common greeting in Ireland. We present to you some interesting information about Ireland.

    In case you are from Ireland and wish to report inconsistencies, please reply to this topic.

    Gaelic language also known as the Irish language, also called Erse, Irish Gaeilge, a member of the Goidelic group of Celtic languages, is spoken in Ireland. The modern-day areas of Ireland where Irish is still spoken daily as a first language are collectively known as the Gaeltacht.

    Here are some of the interesting facts about the Gaelic Irish people:

    1. Did you know that Ireland is home to the oldest Yacht Club in the world? The Royal Cork Yacht Club, founded in 1720, is widely recognized as the world’s oldest yacht club.

    2. They say “it’s always raining in Ireland”. And the sad reality is that they’re not wrong. While Irish love to think that we bask in the sun for hours on end during the summer, the reality is pretty grim. They have one of the wettest climates in Europe. In the summer of 2007, for example, it rained in Ireland for 40 days straight!

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    (Image source: https://marinas.com/view/marina/pwc37g_Royal_Cork_Yacht_Club_Crosshaven_Ireland)

    1. Another fun fact about Ireland: Halloween as we know it today actually originates from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when the people would light bonfires and wear scary costumes to ward off unwelcome spirits. Samhain is an old Gaelic word that translates to ‘darker half’, thus marking the beginning of winter.

    2. Did you know that the Shamrock is not the national symbol of Ireland? The shamrock is recognized around the world as a symbol of Ireland and all things Irish. But the harp is actually the official National Symbol of Ireland.


    (Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coat_of_arms_of_Ireland)

    1. Did you know that The Irish flag was inspired by the French? The Irish tricolor of green, white and orange represents both Ireland’s history and its independence. The green represents the Gaelic tradition of Ireland, the Orange represents the followers of William of Orange and the white represents the aspirations for peace between the two.

    2. Wild Atlantic Way is the longest coastal driving route in the world. The 2,500 km route passes through nine counties and three provinces, can you name them all?

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    (Image source: https://www.virtuoso.com/travel/articles/road-trip-ireland-wild-atlantic-way)

    1. Ireland was Titanic’s last port of call. The Titanic Experience in Belfast is a well-known visitor attraction in Northern Ireland, few people visit the small coastal town in Cork where you will find statues in memory of those who died and a small Titanic Museum on what was once the old railway station.

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    (Image source: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Titanic_Belfast#/media/File:Titanic_Belfast_HDR.jpg)

    Hope you liked a few fun facts about Irish culture. If you want to share some more interesting facts like this, please comment below!