Culture of Ireland
“May the roof above us never fall in.
And may the friends gathered below
it never fall out.”
The People of Ireland
The Median Age of the People in Ireland is: 34.8 years, with the break down of males 34.5 years and females 35.1 years (2011 est.)
The Irish people are hard-working, very honest and known for their friendliness, hospitality, sense of fun and wonderful humour. Family life is important in Ireland and children are included in most events. In the rural areas people often maintain a great sense of the old, traditional Irish ways, but in the urban areas, Ireland is very modern.
Education in Ireland
Irish people are well educated. Education is partly funded by the government and is free for the most part. School is compulsory for children 5 – 15 years old. Approximately 80% of Irish students complete secondary school and approximately 50% continue on to higher education. The majority of primary schools are day schools; however, there are a few boarding schools in Ireland. Homeschooling is allowed in Ireland with some regulation, and more families are getting into home-schooling. The National Education (Welfare) Board is the body responsible for registration and assessment of homeschooling families in Ireland. The legislative framework for home education in Ireland is more progressive than in many other western European countries.