How to Celebrate Your Irish Heritage When You Don’t Live in Ireland
It’s not just the 6 million or so people that live in Ireland that call themselves Irish; many millions around the world do so too. After all, the Irish are a people that have historically ventured out into the world, and that means that there are plenty of people with an Irish heritage. And of course, they’re highly proud of it! If you’re of Irish descent and you’re looking for ways to celebrate the country and culture of your origin, then take a read of the following ideas.
1. Take a Trip!
You don’t have to celebrate your Irish connection from afar. Why not take a trip to the Emerald Isle and see the country firsthand? No-one that takes a trip to Ireland ends up regretting it! During your trip you can visit the village that your ancestors came from, have fun exploring the cities, take a day trip into the great outdoors, and oh so much more. There are plenty of ways to soak up some Irish culture from wherever you are in the world, but there’s nothing like being in the country and witnessing it in all its glory firsthand!
Further Reading: Travel the Island of Ireland
2. Learn Your Connection
You probably know that your history is Irish, but how much do you know beyond that? In this day and age, it’s easier than ever to dive into your past and discover your connection in greater detail. For example, do you know what your name means? Irish surnames always have meaning! Sometimes, these names reveal professions or just characteristics. For example, if your surname is ‘O’Connor,’ then you have a name that according to irelandroots.com means ‘lover of hounds’, ‘wolf-lover’ or ‘patron of warriors’! Pretty cool! You can also dig into the features of the many ancestry sites out there and learn details about the lives of your ancestors.
3. Dive Into the Culture
There’s much Irish culture to appreciate! Irish music is beautiful and will transport you to the country no matter where you happen to be. Or what about Irish sports? Gaelic football and hurling are more popular than ever and are good fun. Give them a try!
4. Make Connections In Your Own Area
It could feel like a lonely experience to be Irish and live somewhere other than Ireland, but thankfully, and as we mentioned earlier, the Irish are everywhere! Unless you live in the smallest of towns, there’ll nearly certainly be other people of Irish descent and heritage living near to you. And if you live in anything resembling a large-ish city, then there’ll probably be a whole club dedicated to celebrating Irish culture. Why not go along and meet others? You’ll find that you’ll learn a lot, which is great if you’ve only recently gained an interest in your Irish past.
Further Reading: 6 Family Favourites – Irish Recipes
5. Learn the Language
Finally, what about learning the language? We’re not going to pretend it’s the easiest language to learn (but neither is it as difficult as some people make out), but it can be a lot of fun — and plus, you’re sure to impress some of the ‘locals’ when you touch down in Ireland for your trip!
Further Reading: The Irish Food & Drink Series
Photos by Lucian Potlog – CCO Licence
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