41 Amazing Facts About Ireland That Will Shamrock Your World

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1Irish last names

The Irish last name prefix "Mac" means "son of" and the prefix "O" means "grandson of".

2. In Ireland, it had been a tradition to be given a pint of Guinness beer for a pint of donated blood, to replace the iron. However this program was cancelled in 2012.

3. The government of Ireland declared a State of Emergency at the beginning of WWII, on the 2nd of September 1939, which wasn’t lifted until 1976. This event is known simply as “The Emergency”.

4. During the Irish Potato Famine, the poor were given construction jobs, so they could earn food rather than receive it as a handout. However, to avoid taking jobs from other workers, these people built useless projects like roads in the middle of nowhere, and piers in the middle of bogs.

5. Ireland is the only country in the world with a musical instrument (Harp) as its national symbol.

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6Robert McCartney

In 2005, a man named Robert McCartney was murdered after a pub brawl in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The murder still remains unsolved due to all 71 of the possible witnesses claiming to be in the bathroom, leading the bathroom to be nicknamed the Tardis.

7. The 5th century Irish warlord known as Niall of the Nine Hostages has over 3 million direct male descendants. Men with common Irish surnames like O'Neil, O'Connor, O'Reilly are among his descendants.

8. The shortest St. Patrick's Day parade in the world takes place in Dripsey, Cork. The parade lasts just 100 yards and travels between the village's two pubs.

9. When workers were renovating Ireland's Leap Castle, they found so many human remains impaled on wooden spikes within a wall that it took three cartloads to remove all of them.

10. Snakes have never existed in Ireland. Because they are cold-blooded, the snake couldn't survive the frozen ground during the previous ice age.

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11Airsoft guns

The law governing firearms in Ireland used to consider airsoft guns legally equivalent to a 20mm anti-tank rifles, as the law failed to specify a minimum energy for a gun's projectile.

12. In the 1930s, an Irish man named Michael Malloy survived being intentionally fed Antifreeze, turpentine, rat poison, being left in −14°F and getting hit by a taxi as part of being a victim of a life insurance scam. His was nicknamed “Mike the Durable.”

13. The Irish Elk is an extinct species of deer that had the largest antlers of any known deer with a maximum size of 3.65 meters (12 feet) from tip to tip, which weighed up to 40kg (88lb).

14. 75% of all alcohol consumed in Ireland in 2013 was done so as part of a binge drinking session.

15. During the Great Famine, Ireland continued to export enormous quantities of food to England. This kept food prices far too high for the average Irish peasant to afford and was a major contributing factor in the large death toll from the famine.

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16Katie Mulrennan

An Irish woman named Katie Mulrennan was denied for a teaching job in South Korea, citing the “alcoholic nature” of Irish people as a reason for rejection.

17. In Ireland, on your 100th birthday, you receive a letter and €2,540 from the President as part of the Centenarian Bounty. On each subsequent birthday, you receive a letter and a commemorative coin.

18. When Irish Banks went on strike for 6 months in the 1970s, people used pubs to cash their pay-cheques and to keep the economy running.

19. There is an ancient temple named Newgrange in Ireland that predates Giza and Stonehenge. During the winter solstice, light penetrates through to the burial tomb for about 19 minutes.

20. In 980, an Irish High King named Máel Sechnaill mac Domnaill defeated the Vikings of Dublin after a three-day siege of Dublin city. The Vikings surrendered, and the King then freed all slaves in the city.

21National Museum of Ireland

In 2016, an anonymous donor sent two Bronze Age axes and two pieces of rare Viking jewelry to the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin. The museum believes the items were illegally excavated.

22. James Sligo Jameson, the heir to Irish whiskey manufacturer Jameson's, bought an 11-year-old girl and offered her to cannibals to document and sketch how she was cooked and eaten.

23. There is a youth subculture in Ireland called the Dublin Pony Kids. These boys and girls camp with their horses in front yards or on city wasteland.

24. An Irish man named Frank Buckley owns a house that is actually made from decommissioned Euro bills that previously amounted to €1.4 billion.

25. The most popular sport in Ireland (Gaelic football) is a completely amateur sport. The players play in front of 80,000 people and don't get paid.


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