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What Ireland is Known For. 11 Surprising Facts

Are you a passionate traveler? Which country is on your to-visit list? If you are thinking about visiting Ireland, you just might be curious to know about some exciting Ireland facts! Even if you never thought about going there, this text might inspire you to change your mind! 

Honestly, we have to tell you that we are thrilled to be able to talk about traveling again! And not just talk about it, but plan and go visit various countries around the world. Don’t you?  All this chaos with COVID-19, the measures, border closes, etc. took too long and was quite a bit stressful!  Okay, we had a lot of time playing games such as spielautomaten kostenlos.  But thankfully, with vaccines, and new medication we can say that it is finally starting to feel like all this is behind us! 

So, today we are going to talk about a truly special,  small island country in Europe – Ireland! Now many people get a bit confused when we are talking about it because there are two places in Europe that we know as Ireland.  However, one called Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom, whereas the other which we are talking about today is an independent country called the Republic of Ireland.  What comes to your mind when you hear about Ireland? If you are thinking about pubs, sea breeze, and lush green meadows, we are with you! 

The capital, Dublin, is a beautiful city that has a myriad of things to offer. But it is certainly not the only place you should visit to learn about Ireland’s facts, history, and culture. There are plenty of natural Ireland landmarks and incredibly beautiful little towns that are awaiting you. 

Maybe you are planning to visit Ireland soon, or just get informed about one of your potential future travel destinations! In any case, we compiled a list of Ireland facts which can introduce you to the country’s culture and history! 

 

Surprising Ireland Facts

Emerald Isle

Have you heard that Ireland is referred to as Emerald Isle? There is a pretty straightforward reason for that!  The country is known for its lush green landscape and rolling hills. It is important though to know that while we are talking about the Republic of Ireland, we have only the Southern part of the Emerald Island in mind. The rest of it still belongs to the UK, as we mentioned.  If you remember something about the history of this country, you know that it is pretty complex. Nowadays, the relationships between people are much better than they were before. Still, if you decide to visit, try to find as much information as possible to avoid appearing ignorant. 

Guinness 

There probably isn’t a single person who doesn’t know about this famous Irish beer.  With its thick dark liquid and few inches thick layer of foam, Guinness is recognizable around the world.  The brewery was founded back in 1759 and the beer became incredibly popular soon after even though it only contained malted barley, hops, yeast, and water.  The interesting thing about it is that it comes with plenty of health benefits.  It comes with fewer calories than other beers and contains a significant amount of iron. 

Guinness beer

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St. Patrick Wasn’t From Ireland 

Everyone knows about St. Patrick. However, what many people don’t know is that he was not actually from Ireland, but from Wales. That is something that you should know when planning your Ireland travel. He was sent from Wales to Ireland to protect the country from supervening Protestantism.  Quickly, he became a bishop and then the patron saint of Ireland. His death is celebrated as St. Patrick’s Day on the 17th of March. 

There Are No Female Leprechauns

Have you ever seen female Leprechauns? No?! Well, it is not surprising, because believe it or not, they do not exist! It is a bit strange considering that the Irish are pretty opened-minded people! Nonetheless, even if you check every possible book about Leprechauns, we guarantee you will not find a female one! 

Ireland Won Eurovision Contest Seven Times

Eurovision is one of the most popular and oldest singing contests in the world, as it started back in 1956. It may sound incredible, but Ireland won the contest seven times. The first time they won was with the song All Kinds of Everything, sang by Dana (Rosemary Brown). 

Ireland Legalized Same-Sex Marriage by Referendum

Ireland is not the only country that legalized same-sex marriage. What is however unique is that the legalization came after the referendum. More than 2/3 of the population of the country voted in favor of it. Plus, many people came from other countries to vote. 

Irish Stew with Guinness 

Once you get an Ireland visa and arrive at your destination, you have to try the local cuisine!  Now, you may think that the country doesn’t have a good reputation when it comes to food!  That may be true! Nonetheless, if nothing else, you can be sure that Ireland national dish is absolutely worth trying! It is not just an ordinary stew, as it is made with beer!  Yes, you heard it right! Typical Irish stew is cooked with famous, delicious stout, which makes it quite a unique dish! 

Shamrocks

Three-leaf clover, known as shamrock, is one of the important symbols of Ireland.  During the times, St. Patrick was preaching Christianity in Ireland, he used it to explain the Holy Trinity.  Hence, each March, you can see shelves full of shamrock novelties. McDonald’s sells shamrock shake made with mint ice cream.

Sports in Ireland

Irish people are also good at sports. So far the country has won 11 gold medals,  10 silver, and 14 bronze medals. When it comes to the score of Ireland Olympics 2021 we can say that they won four medals. Ireland won 2 gold medals and 2 bronze.  When it comes to sports, we can say that Ireland hockey teams are quite successful and popular.  The most popular sport is Gaelic football, which you can enjoy at Ireland autumn internationals

Great Authors 

Did you know that some of the most famous authors come from Ireland? For example, George Bernard Shaw, who was the most prolific Irish writer and winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature?  As an active socialist, Shaw managed to revolutionize comedic drama. His most famous piece is Pygmalion.  Another famous Irish writer is of course Oscar Wilde! If you still didn’t read Picture of Dorian Gray, now it’s a perfect time! 

There Are No Snakes in the Island

Believe it or not, but Ireland is one of the rare places in the world where you can’t find a single snake.  Legend says that St. Patrick chased them into the sea when they attacked him. Scientists, however, say that although this is a cute story, it has nothing to do with the truth. They say that the reason for this unusual phenomenon is purely geological.  The island separated from the mainland during the Ice Age when there were no cold-blooded reptiles. 

Bottom Line 

We came to the end of our text about Ireland facts However, that doesn’t mean that these are the only things you need to know about this wonderful and exciting country. On the contrary, every expert on Ireland will tell you that it is the inexhaustible source of interesting and exciting things! If Ireland is your next destination, we wish you a great trip and a lot of fun! If you have already been there, do you have some facts to share with us? 

Author’s Bio

Ellen is a journalist and a passionate traveler. She developed a love of discovering new places as a child when she traveled with her parents.  After graduation, she worked for several travel magazines. A few years ago, she created her own travel blog! 

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