Ireland dating customs
Family sizes are still quite large by western European standards, a reflection of the church's teaching towards family planning and the historic severe mortality rate in centuries past.
The emphasis on having boys (or the desperation to have a male heir) has not been so much as in the country - males inherit the farm but females traditionally had to be married with a dowry.
The gregarious and easy-going nature of the Irish, combined with the effects of strong family ties in a small island, mean that most Irish people know about each other's extended families and friends-of-friends.
The Republic of Ireland is about 96% Catholic, and the vast majority of persons aged 20 and upwards would have been taught by the religious orders.Such practices are mainly extinct in country areas.The 'Ma' [often referred to as 'herself' by her husband] is still a big feature of the Dublin family.Though it was a contentious campaign, it was successful, and continues every year.If coming to Iceland, therefore, it may be best to leave any excess modesty at home.
Jackson & Mc Ginley draw a parallel between the veneration of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the Irish mother.