Culture of Ireland
People in Ireland speak the English, and Irish languages. The linguistic diversity of Ireland is almost homogeneous according to a fractionalization scale which for Ireland is 0.0312. The followers of Christianity are the religious majority in the country. 62.2% of Ireland's population live in cities. This percentage comprises the urban population of Ireland. The rate of urbanization in Ireland is considered to be 2.2. According to data on inbound tourists in Ireland, 8,260,000 tourists arrive in the country each year.
The national anthem of Ireland is called 'Amhrán na bhFiann', which in English means 'The Soldier's Song'. It was adopted in 1926. The lyrics have been written by Peadar Kearney (English), Liam Ó Rinn (Irish) and the music has been composed by Peadar Kearney, Patrick Heeney.
The first McDonalds in Ireland was opened on 9 May 1977, and it was located in Grafton Street, Dublin. At the moment Ireland has 84 operating McDonalds restaurants. The number of operating McDonalds restaurants in a country is indicative of the influence of Western culture and globalization in that country. Operating McDonalds restaurants could also have a direct impact on the health of a nation's citizens. Around 25% of the population of Ireland are obese.
Each year, the people of Ireland consume 0.5 litre of alcohol per capita, and this volume consists of 48.1% beer, 25.9% wine, 18.5% distilled spirits, 7.5% other alcohol.
One of the most popular national dishes of Ireland is colcannon. Other national dishes include irish stew.