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Top 15 Facts about Ireland

Saint Patrick's Day, Dublin
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Saint Patrick's Day, Dublin

The Republic of Ireland, which regained its independence from Great Britain in 1930, is one of the countries that belong to Northwestern Europe. Its history is full of luminous events that left their traces in the people’s way of life and culture. This country has certain characteristics that make it very different from other states. Here’s a handful of facts about Ireland you might not have known.

  • To this day, the acts passed in the Irish parliament are printed on specially prepared calf skin.
  • Irish territory is home to the Europe’s westernmost point.
  • Guinness beer is the country’s main treasure. A museum-pub of the same name has become a mecca for beer enthusiasts from around the world. Going to pubs is the most popular way of spending one’s free time in Ireland, and is even considered to be a cultural phenomenon.
One of the most famous bars in the city, "Temple"
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  One of the most famous bars in the city, "Temple"
  • Irish whisky and the famous Bailey’s liqueur are also well-liked here. The latter, by the way, comprises around 50 percent of Ireland’s exported drinks. As many as 43 percent of the country’s milk is used in making it.
  • Ireland has an interesting tradition that dates back to the 11th century – on February 29th every year, Irish women are allowed to propose to their men. And if the men refuse the offer, a fine is due.
  • It’s the only European country that has more dogs than people.
Street musicians play in a street of Dublin
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Street musicians play in a street of Dublin
  • The symphony orchestra of Ireland’s Cork city has been listed in the Guinness Book of World Records for having played with the original line-up for 57 years.
  • Most Irish surnames are still spelled with appositions that used to denote the carrier’s being from a certain family, e.g., O’Connor, O’Neill.
  • Ireland’s patron saint St. Patrick is held to also be the patron of Nigeria. This is so because of the many Irish missionaries who used to work in Africa.
  • Ireland’s Northeast is home to the Giant’s Causeway – an enchanting coastal area that consists of 40,000 interlocking basalt columns.
Avenue of trees Dark Hedges in Ireland
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Avenue of trees Dark Hedges in Ireland
  • In Ireland, living in a rented flat is normal. Whenever buying a personal space comes into consideration, the Irish people usually go with a house.
  • One can find lots of blackberries, mushrooms and sea buckthorn during summer. The locals don’t pick them, though.
  • The world’s first duty free shop opened its doors in the Irish Shannon Airport.
Republic of Ireland
Photo taken by 123rf.com.  Republic of Ireland
  • In Ireland, August is considered to be the first month of autumn.
  • There’s a harp in Ireland’s coat of arms. Interestingly, no other state in the world uses a musical instrument as an official symbol.

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