Ireland: Public Behaviour
Acceptable public conduct
The handshake is the preferred greeting.
Men should refrain from being too physically demonstrative with women.
It is the custom to shake hands at the beginning and end of a meeting.
It is acceptable for visitors to introduce themselves in social situations.
'How are you?' is a popular casual greeting, particularly between individuals who have already established a cordial acquaintance. An answer as to the state of your health is not necessary, just 'hello' will do.
When speaking to an Irish person, keep an arm's length distance from the person. Maintaining personal space is important in this culture.
Don't break eye contact with an Irish person when he or she is talking to you.
Touching, patting or hugging other men in public are considered socially unacceptable, except in rugby games or a slap on the back to say 'well done.'
It is common for men to open doors for women, as well as employees for bosses and youth for elders.
Men should refrain from winking at women or making any personal comments.
Your best approach is to remain friendly, relaxed, modest, and unpretentious. Moreover, try to control any behaviour such as nervousness, officiousness, or self-importance.
The Irish are very difficult to impress; even if you do manage to impress them, they may not openly admit it.
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