Fun Facts About Ireland
The homeland of scholars and saints, famous for its culture, myths and legends: Ireland, the Emerald Isle, has been the birthplace of literati and musicians of worldwide importance. Here are some fun facts to read:
- The Irish Free State, which would shape Ireland we know today, was created in 1922, as a result of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, under British rule, and it was not until 1948 that the Republic of Ireland was officially declared.
- One of the curiosities of Ireland that is most striking is that according to statistics, here is a pub for every 100 people. How are you?
- Did you know that Ireland was the first country in the world to put a tax to protect the environment from plastic bags? It was in 2002. This country was also the beginning, in 2004, to ban smoking in public.
- The language of Ireland is Gaelic, also known as “Irish,” but this is not the only official language; English also plays a fundamental institutional and cultural role.
- The capital of Ireland in Dublin and this is the capital of Europe that has the youngest population on the continent.
- In Dublin is the “Trinity College” in which there is a bell tower, but you will never see a student standing very close to him. The legend says that whoever does it suspends the exams.
- In Ireland, until the 1920s, on St. Bridget’s day, couples could legally marry in so-called “temporary marriages” by going to the town of Teltown and walking towards each other. To divorce, also the day of Santa Brígida, the opposite procedure was followed, moving away from each other. This custom was based on the old Irish laws of Brehon.
- The longest place name (name of a place) in Ireland is “Muckanaghederdauhaulia,” and the area is located in the county of Galway. The name means something like “ridge shaped like a pork loin, between two extensions of brackish water.”
- The flag of Ireland has three colors: the green on the left, which represents the Gaelic tradition; the orange on the right, which distinguished followers of Guillermo de Orange and the white band in the center, which symbolizes peace between both groups.
- Another of the strangest curiosities about Ireland is that it is considered a snake-free territory. Legend has it that it was Saint Patrick who freed it from them, but it is due to its isolation from the European continent. It is not the only species common in other parts of Europe that do not live wild in the country: you will not find roe deer, feral cats, moles or weasels.
- Have you heard about the festival of Saint Patrick, where all the people dress in green? The colo,r of this saint is the so-called «Saint Patrick’s Blue» the green was only associated with the Feast of Saint Patrick during the Irish independence movement of the late eighteenth century.
- The leprechaun typical of the Irish tradition is the Leprechaun. They are small little men who can sit on the shoulder of an Irishman, at first harmless and have the “habit” of burying pots of gold under the floor of all Ireland.
- Do you know what the temperature of the Sun is? It is estimated that around 6059 ° C and the first person who made the calculations to reach this conclusion was an Irishman, William Edward Wilson.
- The Harp, symbol of Ireland, is linked to one of the most popular Irish legends. It is said that Dadga, the most important god of Celtic mythology, was its owner and when he touched it he had magical powers. The harp had a name: Uaithne.
- Do you remember that we told you that in the USA there was massive Irish immigration? Even the White House of Washington was built by an Irishman: the architect James Hoban and he did it twice!
- What we know today from Celtic mythology are a series of stories that shaped the religion of the Celtic people during the Iron Age. It was polytheistic mythology that supported an entire religious structure in its environment, disseminated throughout most of Western Europe before the formation of the Roman Empire but with a more fabulous presence between the Iberian Peninsula and the United Kingdom.
- Some of the best-known characters of Celtic mythology are Balar, the king of demons, the goddess Morrigan or the Banshee.
- To end these curiosities of Ireland, let us shout with the celebrants of the St. Patrick’s Day “Erin go Bragh” which is a distortion of the Irish “Éirinn in Brách” which means, more or less, “Ireland forever.”