Irish dating customs
The majority of the Irish calendar today still reflects the old pagan customs, with later Christian traditions also having significant influences.Christmas in Ireland has several local traditions, some in no way connected with Christianity. Stephen's Day), there is a custom of "Wrenboys" who call door to door with an arrangement of assorted material (which changes in different localities) to represent a dead wren "caught in the furze", as their rhyme goes.The old order of transhumance and open range cattle breeding died out to be replaced by a structure of great landed estates, small tenant farmers with more or less precarious hold on their leases, and a mass of landless labourers.
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In this process of reform, the former tenants and labourers became land owners, with the great estates being broken up into small- and medium-sized farms and smallholdings.
The process continued well into the 20th century with the work of the Irish Land Commission.
For most of its recorded history, Ireland's culture has been primarily Gaelic (see Gaelic Ireland).
It has also been influenced by Anglo-Norman, English and Scottish culture.