Ireland is so high on my ‘to see’ list, that I can taste it. I don’t know why I haven’t been here yet, but I do know that I’ll get there eventually. Maybe I haven’t gone yet because I know that once I do, I won’t want to leave! Anyways, here is…
26 Interesting Facts About Ireland
1. Halloween was derived from an Irish festival called Samhain.
2. Irishman James Hoban designed white house
3. St. Patrick’s clearing of the Emerald Isle of snakes isn’t true. There have never been any snakes in Ireland
4. St. Patrick was not actually Irish, he was Roman
5. The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia.
6. There are more mobile phones in Ireland than there are people.
7. In Ireland, lakes are called as loughs (pronounced as locks)
8. Gaelic is the commonly spoken language in Ireland, next to Irish and English.
9. There are nearly 8 times more Polish speakers in Ireland than Gaelic speakers.
10. According to the Irish birthday traditions, people hold the birthday child upside down and bump the head slightly on the floor. The bumps correspond to the age of the child. It is believed that this tradition brings good luck.
11. The average Irish consumes 131.1 liters per year. The second highest per-capita consumption in the world, behind Czech
12. Titanic, the Unsinkable ship, which sunk in its maiden voyage, was made in Ireland.
13. The Tara mine near Narvan is the largest zinc mine in Europe, and fifth largest in the world
14. Irishman John Tyndall was the first scientist to ever be specifically referred to as a physicist
15. William Edward Wilson was the first person to accurately measure the temperature of the sun (6059 C)
16. Ireland has had its own Olympics since the Bronze Age, called the Tailteann Games.
17. Rotunda Hospital in Dublin is the longest continually operating maternity hospital in the world. (1745)
18. The term ‘boycott’ comes from Irishman Captain James Boycott.
19. Ireland’s oldest pub, Sean’s Bar, was founded some 900 years ago
20. Ireland is the only country in the EU where abortion is still illegal
21. There are more Irish people living OUTside of Ireland than in.
22. Ireland’s most famous musical export is U2.
23. According to Census 2011, most of the Irish population identifies themselves as Roman Catholic (84%).
24. Ireland’s most famous include Michael Fassbender, Pierce Brosnan, Cillian Murphy and Colin Farrell.
25. Drisheen is a type of pudding made from cow’s, pigs or sheep’s blood. White pudding is a mixture of pork, cereal, bread, fat and suet. Periwinkles are sea snails boiled in salted water.
26. The harp, also known as the national symbol of Ireland, the Celtic cross, the shamrock and the Irish wolfhound are all well known Irish symbols.
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