Meals, Clothing Code & Gifts

In general, gift giving is not expected for business purposes

Most Irish people look forward to discussing business in the  informal environment of a restaurant

Business lunches are more common than dinners

It is usually the Irish counterpart who offers to conduct a business meeting, in this environment and who also recommends a suitable place to go

If you receive an invitation to an Irish home for dinner, you would be expected  to bring a bouquet of flowers, a box of chocolates, a craft gift from your home region

The standard business dress in Ireland is smart and conservative

Formal suits work best in most situations

Occasionally, jackets may be taken off, particularly during the summer

It is advisable to follow the lead of your business partners and adjust your style to theirs

Women are expected to be well and fashionably dressed, and suits or dresses and blazers are recommended

Business dinners are usually considered more of a social occasion, and are particularly suitable to develop already existing social relationships

It is essential to remember that the cost of the gif,t is considered to be far less important than making a thoughtful choice

Avoid giving expensive or grandiose gifts

If you happen to receive a gift from your Irish counterpart, you should open it in front of the giver and express your gratitude

It is expected that you will send a thank-you note after receiving a gift or being a dinner guest

Ireland has an extensive network of traditional local pubs serving the Irish national drink – Guinness

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