English is one of the two official languages in Ireland, alongside Gaelic. However, English is the language that everyone uses not only in business but also in everyday life.
If you have visited or lived in other English-speaking countries, you will notice a difference in accent and you will pick up some phrases that are typically Irish. Often, this is because the English wording is a direct rendition of a Gaelic phrase or saying. In fact, many say that this is one of the most charming features of the country.
Opportunities for bilingual talent
As Irish businesses reach out to European countries and beyond, there is a pressing need for people who combine knowledge of English with a foreign language, especially those who are fluent in languages such as German, French, Spanish, Japanese, Chinese and Arabic. For bilingual and multilingual talent, Ireland really is a land of huge opportunity.
The Republic of Ireland is now a secular country with an open and welcoming attitude to all religions of the world. Although a predominantly Christian country, most organised world religions have a presence and place of worship in the cities and major towns. As of the 2016 census, 78.3% of the population declared themselves to be Catholic, and 10% declaring 'No religion'.