A Slice of Irish Life

As part of a brand campaign to celebrate 75 years in business, Irish Life have commissioned a survey of 1,000 adults to uncover the essence of what makes the Irish tick. Covering all aspects of life in Ireland both past and present, the findings are both funny and insightful, below are just a selection of the 75 statistics unveiled by the research. Let us know if you identify with any of them!

More than one in five Irish people (21%) have packed sausages in their luggage when going on holidays

  • 94% of Irish people have thanked the bus driver
  • Just 5% had their first kiss in the Gaeltacht
  • 40% of Irish people look at someone’s social media before they go on a date
  • 34% hide peoples news feeds when they post too many pictures of their pets/babies
  • 24% of Irish people have tried online dating
  • Just one in five Irish people are friends with their Mammy on Facebook
  • Over half (54%) make tea if there’s a crisis
  • 80% of Irish people have eaten a crisp sandwich
  • Over half (55%) can pull a pint
  • Over one in ten (13%) Irish people have an embarrassing middle name
  • Over half (54%) of Irish parents think the kids in their family are smarter than the average children
  • 29% of Irish people have been to Copper Faced Jacks (AKA Coppers) in Dublin
  • 40% of Irish people have a tin whistle in the house
  • Just 39% of Irish people say they have had ‘the fear’
  • Almost one in five (18%) Irish people feel like they know Anne Doyle
  • 40% of Irish people have clapped when a plane has landed
  • 73% of Irish people have asked a taxi driver ‘is it busy tonight’
  • More than one in four (26%) Irish people still have their first teddy bear
  • One in five Irish people (20%) will never wear the colour of their school uniform again

The research also revealed that the current mood of the nation is quite mixed with regard to living in Ireland, 15% say that they are anxious, 6% are angry, 12% are pessimistic but nearly one in five (17%) say they are optimistic.