Ireland - Some 'Irish' Facts

Author: Sue Rogers
Date: 7th November 2019
  • 88% of Irish citizens are nominally Roman Catholic. The Republic of Ireland has one of the highest rates of church attendance in the Western World.
  • The ancestral language of the Irish people is Irish Gaelic.
  • Many Irish family names start with "Mac" or "O'...", which means respectively "son of ..." and "grandson of ..." in Gaelic.
  • The three most famous symbols of Ireland are the green shamrock, the harp, and the Celtic cross.The official symbol is the harp.The one found on Irish passports points in the opposite direction to the harp on a Guinness glass.
  • Ireland ranks sixth worldwide in the average consumption of beer per person - and third for the consumption of tea!
  • 10 million pints of Guinness are produced in Dublin every day. (But more Guinness is sold in Nigeria than in Ireland.)
  • Ireland's Patron Saint St. Patrick was probably Welsh, but at least he lived in Ireland
  • Halloween was derived from an Irish festival called Samhain
  • The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia (a small town in county Galway)
  • Irish traditional sports – Hurling and Gaelic Football go back 3000 years
  • Ireland has won the Eurovision Song Contest more often than any other country - seven times.

My favourite parts of Ireland are the wild west coast and Connemara. My last trip to Ireland was to Dublin

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