50 Fascinating Facts about Ireland

Ireland is a lovely, green nation in northwest Europe. The Irish Sea separates it from the mainland of Great Britain. The island's total land area is 84,421 square kilometres, ranking it the world's 20th biggest. Ireland has a population of 6.4 million, with the capital city of Dublin reaching 1.273 million. Many fields and rivers cut across the island's rugged landscape. It uses the Euro as its currency. Both English and Irish are the official languages of the nation. Even though most of the population speaks English, many families have lived in Ireland for centuries and are fluent in the Irish language. Although there is no state religion in Ireland, Christianity is the most widely practised religion in the country. The vertical stripes of green, white, and orange make up the country's flag, which is flown horizontally.

Facts About Ireland

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Ireland’s nominal GDP is $217.3 billion,and its per capita GDP is $47,478
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The current constitution of Ireland was adopted in 1937 and is governed by a democratic country.
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Potatoes, lamb, and beef are among the most popular items exported from the nation. Zinc, lead, equipment, and medicines are the country's major exports. Oil, aviation components, cars, and petroleum gases are some items they import.
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The previous several decades have seen a proliferation of new commercial partners for Ireland. There are now 20 per cent of Ireland's exports to the U.S. and 38 per cent of Ireland's imports to the United Kingdom.
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Because of its undulating hills and abundant vegetation, Ireland is known as the Emerald Isle. Plants and grass thrive thanks to a plentiful supply of rain each year.
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The United Kingdom governs Northern Ireland, while Ireland as a whole is an independent country.
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The sheer number of castles in Ireland has made the country famous worldwide. Throughout Ireland's history, castles have been erected to keep families safe from attackers. Fortunately, many of the castles from the Middle Ages are still intact, and travellers can even visit some of them.
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Even though most Irish people speak English, students in Irish schools are required to learn the Gaelic language of Irish.
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Fairies are believed to exist by the majority of Irish people. Their belief holds that fairies have magical abilities and may bring families joy, good fortune, and prosperity.
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Children are traditionally picked up, turned over and gently hit their heads on the cake on their birthdays when they are young. Every year the youngster has lived, their skull is bashed once. Participating in this practice offers the kid good fortune and luck.
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People in Ireland who are born on St. Patrick's Day are regarded as extremely fortunate.
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In Ireland, St. Patrick's Day is marked with pomp and circumstance. A wide variety of traditional Irish food is consumed, including beer, pink bacon, and flavorful chicken.
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There are 13 weddings in Ireland each year, and they're always lavish affairs. Grooms wear kilts to represent their tribe, while brides wear white to symbolise their innocence. People worldwide attend weddings, and the receptions are always enormous parties with alcohol and music.
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In Ireland, funerals are always sad, but they are seldom sad events. Funerals are a time for family members to reminisce about the departed and share their recollections. For many people, funerals are held in churches, where food and beverages are usually provided. Many churches have attempted to prohibit alcohol in the past but have failed and currently allow it at every funeral and wedding service.
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Leprechauns are an integral aspect of Irish folklore and folklore in general. Small guys who can fit on top of a person's shoulder are the subject of mythology in Ireland. They're non-lethal, and legend has it that they're responsible for burying a slew of gold pots around Ireland.
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In Ireland, Guinness Beer is a staple. When it was initially invented in the country, it can now be found in bars and supermarkets around the country.
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Ireland is a sports fanatic nation. Soccer, hurling, camogie, and handball are some of the most popular sports in Ireland.
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The family size in Ireland is four, with two children and two adults.
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Ireland has one of the highest rates of gender parity among developed nations. Previously, they had two female presidents.
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The mythology of Abhartach is thought to have inspired the narrative of Dracula. Bram Stoker was born and nurtured in Ireland, where he was exposed to the mythology of Abhartach as a child.
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As far back as about 7,000 years, Ireland has been inhabited.
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It was signed in 1998 that a peace accord was reached between Northern Ireland, Ireland, and Britain. Part of this deal required Ireland to hand up the authority of Northern Ireland to the United Kingdom.
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Ireland has one of the world's youngest populations due to its high birthrate over the past 50 years.
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An estimated two million people were forced to flee the country due to poverty and emigration during the Irish famine of the 1840s.
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More than 80% of the population of Ireland is Roman Catholic.
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Saint Patrick is Ireland's patron saint, and legend has it that he exterminated the country's snake population.
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Belfast, Northern Ireland, was the site of the Titanic's construction.
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Hook Lighthouse is the oldest operational lighthouse in Europe and maybe the globe.
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Ireland's population has yet to recover from the famine that struck the country many years ago. The population was 8 million at the time. The current population hovers around the 7 million mark.
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Many types of animals in Europe do not exist in Ireland because of the island's isolation. Mole, polecat, and weasel are all included in this category.
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The oldest yacht club in the world, the Royal Cork Yacht Club, was founded in Ireland.
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Natural red hair is a rarity in Ireland, with roughly 9% of the population having it.
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Saint Patrick was not born in Ireland, even though they revere him as their patron saint. Evidence supports the theory that he was abducted as a child and transported to Ireland as an adult.
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Possibly the world's oldest pub is located in Ireland. In 900AD, it was inaugurated.
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A Dubliner created the Oscar-winning figurine.
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Even while the shamrock and Celtic cross are commonly linked with the Emerald Isle, it is the harp that serves as the country's official emblem.
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Dublin's 37 Rotunda Hospital was established in 1745. It is the world's first and longest-running maternity hospital.
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The White House's architect was an Irishman named James Hoban.
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In 2009, Ireland established a rule that prohibits anyone from being intoxicated while out in public.
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Despite the popular belief that St. Patrick exterminated all snakes from Ireland, the fact is that the venomous reptiles never made it to the island from Britain.
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There's a rationale behind the Tricolore design on Ireland's flag. Green signifies the Gaelic tradition of Ireland, orange represents those who followed William of Orange, and white represents peace between the two factions of Ireland.
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Forty consecutive days of rain were recorded in Ireland in 2007.
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The River Shannon is Ireland's longest river.
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In Ireland, abortion is banned unless the mother's life is in danger.
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The Tailteann Games, Ireland's equivalent of the Olympics, are held yearly.
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"fairy forts" are mounds of earth in Ireland that are referred to as "fairy castles." Those who damage one of these mounds are cursed with bad fortune. These mounds are, in fact, Iron Age homes.
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Before it was used in France, the guillotine was first employed in Ireland. The year 1307 was the first recorded date of usage.
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The Irish prefix "Mac" means "son of" in several languages.
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"O" is a common prefix in certain Irish surnames. "Grandson of" is the Gaelic translation for this name.
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The second-highest cliff in Europe, 50 Croaghaun in Ireland

To live or visit Ireland, you'll find yourself in a magical and amazing location. Despite multiple power struggles, the country is now prospering as a sovereign state. Thousands of tourists visit Ireland each year to learn about its unique culture and history, and they never return home upset. The Irish have a laid-back, party-loving attitude. They are well-known in the business world.

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