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Mon, 22 Jun 2009
Here and here about, there are over a hundred things you probably don't know about Ireland.|
HERE ARE TWENTY FIVE FACTS ABOUT THE
AND THE PLACE THEY
largest church is St Patrick's Cathedral in
The Popularity of Patrick as a Christian name in
Ireland is due to
the great 17th century general, Patrick Sarsfield,
not our patron saint?
The word νochtar (eek-tur) literally
means lower part and is often used for the youngest
child in an Irish family?
George Bernard Shaw bequeathed one third of his
estate to the
National Gallery in Dublin, claiming that he
received his education
Guinness's fermenting vessel ferments
2,304,000 pints at one brewing?
According to old custom, a piece of candle, a
coin and a small
quantity of wine or spirits should be placed next
to someone who has
died? The candle was to give the deceased light,
the coin was to pay
the fare over the river of death, and the liquor
was to sustain him or
her on their journey.
Mass has been celebrated every Sunday
at Ballintubber Abbey in Co. Mayo since 1216?
Swallowing a live frog was an old
Irish cure for a stomach ache?
St. James's Gate Brewery is built on the site
where, since medieval
times, Dubliners held an annual drinking festival
every 25th July to
celebrate the feastday of St. James?
Emmett Square in Birr, Co. Offaly,
marks the centre of Ireland?
Dublin was originally called Dubh Linn meaning
Black Pool? The pool
to which the name referred is the oldest known in
Northern Europe and
currently forms the centre-piece of the penguin
enclosure in Dublin Zoo.
Chieftains in medieval Ulster went out of their
way to marry
Scotswomen because their dowries consisted of
mercenaries? When Turlough Luineach O'Neill married
MacDonald of Kintyre in 1568, she brought 10,000
troops with her.
Ireland's smallest church is at Portbraden in Co.
Antrim? Only ten
feet long by six feet wide, the structure is
dedicated to St. Gobhnan -
the patron saint of builders. (huh?!)
Mulgrave Street in Limerick, which contains two
hospitals, a prison
and a lunatic asylum, is known as 'Calamity Avenue'
by the locals?
The sinister sounding Bloody Foreland
in County Donegal owes its name to its magnificent
Every spring, more than twenty million
eels swim into the River Bann to breed?
In the village of Ballyporeen, Co,
Tipperary, there's a pub called The Ronald Reagan
Charles Stuart Parnell was known as
the Uncrowned King of Ireland?
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