Galway’s culture

St. Patrick’s Day

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St. Patrick was born in roman Britain in the fourth century. At the age of sixteen he was kidnapped by Irish raiders and taken as a slave to Gaelic Ireland. He spent six years there working as a shepherd and during this time he found god. After making his way home Patrick went on to become a priest. Afterwards he came back to Ireland to convert the pagan Irish to Christianity. According to legend St.. Patrick used the three-leaved shamrock to explain the holy trinity.

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This holiday is celebrated every year on march 17th, honouring the Irish patron, St. Patrick. The celebrations typically consist off wearing green, parades, and drinking. some churches may hold religious services. People usually eat traditional Irish food like corned beef, corned cabbage and a traditional cocktail is the green beer.

 

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Traditional restaurants Vs Modern Restaurant

I asked Galway’s people what they thought about six restaurants in the city. Half were traditional ones and the other half were modern. The traditional restaurants I choose “Sheridans Cheesemorgers”, an expensive restaurant to drink some good wine and eat classy cheese, “The Skeff”, an okay pub to eat a steak and watch a football game with your friends. The last I choose was “Finnegans”,nice pub to drink some beer.

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Then I asked about the modern restaurant. I started with ” The Dough Bros”,a good italian restaurant that makes good pizza, after I asked about a place called “Loam” but it seems nobody knows this place, it shouldn’t be this nice! Then I choose a sort of nightclub that appears to be famous for having good food and good cocktails but also for being overpriced. In conclusion it seems that Galway’s citiziens prefer traditional restaurant to modern ones. Very strange!the-dough-bros

Irish sports

National sports are galelic football, rugby and hurling, but most of the people follow soccer to be exactly english and italian soccer. The most practised  sport is hurling.

Hurling

Hurling is an outdoor sport of ancient Gaelic and Irish origin. The objective of the game is for players to use a wooden stick called hurley to hit a small ball called a sliotar between the opponents  goalpost either over the crossbar or into a net guarded by a goalkeeper for one goal which is equivalent of to three points. No protective padding is worn by players, only protective helmet with a faceguard is mandatory for all age groups. Teams consist of fifteen players: a goalkeeper, three half backs, two midfielders, three half towards and three towards and three full towards. Senior matches last 70 minuteshurling

Gaelic football

In gaelic football players advance the football, a spherical leather ball, up the field with a combination of carryng, bouncing, kicking hand-passing. There are two kind of score: the point and the goal. The point is awarded by a kicking the ball over the crossbar  The duration of a match is 60 minutes and the team is formed by fifteen players: a goalkeeper, two corner back, a full back, two wings, a centre forward, two corner forwards and a full toward. It is the most popular sport in ireland with football.

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Pietro Zappullo                   Giuseppe Valvano             Salvatore De Nicola

 

 

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