Whenever you’re traveling somewhere new it’s best to become familiar with a few of the local customs to avoid offending anyone, and Ireland is no exception. For the most part, the Irish are some of the warmest people you’ll ever meet, but it’s still best to learn a few things NOT to do in Ireland. We’ve compiled a list of things to avoid on the Emerald Isle – like don’t expect everyone have red hair and freckles, and please don’t ask about Bono!

1. Talk About Leprechauns

Tourists traveling to the Emerald Isle often find it amusing to ask the locals about leprechauns, as if these legendary little folk were real and commonplace. However, Irish citizens find it more tiresome than funny. So next time you’re traveling to Ireland, don’t crack any jokes about leprechauns, pots of gold or rainbows with the locals.

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