Fun Ireland Facts: Impress Your Friends with Your Sharp-Witted Knowledge of Irish Trivia!

Many people who think of Ireland facts think of leprechauns and shamrocks. Few know much more about this marvelous island or its population of roughly 5 million people.

But there is so much more to know! Ireland has one of the world's most interesting histories and cultures.  Knowing some fun facts about Ireland gives you so many options for expressing your Irish side!

Let us offer you a small sample of what makes Ireland so fascinating to so many people. The first thing to know is...

Church in Rock of Cashel.  Jon Sullivan.

Fun Ireland Fact #1: 
Ireland Has One of the Most Interesting Cultures on Earth!

For example, did you know these fun Ireland facts...?

  • Ireland is the world’s 20th largest island and the third largest in Europe
  • Over 90% of the population of Ireland is Roman Catholic
  • The golf links in county Mayo were made by hand. The farmers actually used rakes and other tools to carve these links out in 1987 to 1993.
  • 4 Irish authors have won the Nobel Prize of literature.
  • There are no known snakes living in Ireland.
  • The national emblem of the country is the Celtic Harp, not the shamrock as many believe. No other country in the world has a musical instrument for their national emblem.
Ireland Facts - Clonmacnoise Cathedral.
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  • The Irish learned how to distill spirits from monks that came to Ireland during the 7th century. This led to centuries later there being more than 400 different brands of Irish whiskey being exported to the USA (one of the Ireland facts that many enjoy whether they know it or not!)
  • The RMS Titanic was constructed in Belfast, Ireland. Harland and Wolff had the job of building this famous ship. When she was finished she was the world's largest passenger ocean liner powered by steam.
  • Many Irish people believe that only St Patrick will judge them on judgment day, while Christ will judge the people from the rest of the world.
  • The famous Aran sweaters normally have family weaves as part of the work. This way when a fisherman drowns in a storm it is a way of identifying who they are.
  • The White House in Washington, D.C. was designed by James Hoban;an architect who was born in Kilkenny, Ireland. He also designed the official residence for the president of the country of Ireland, Aras an Uachtarain.
  • The Gardai;which is the police force in Ireland are not armed. The detectives are the only ones that carry guns.
  • The last known witch to live in Ireland is Dame Alice Kytler and she was born in Kilkenny in 1280.
  • There are more cell phones in the country of Ireland than there are people. (Wow!)
  • The founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford, was of Irish descent.
  • According to legend anyone kissing the popular Blarney Stone is given what is called "gift of gab". Numerous people have kissed this stone over the centuries.
  • It was not until 1997 that a divorce was granted in Ireland.
  • In County Antrium, Ballygally Castle is now a hotel. It is believed that the castle is haunted by the ghost of Lady Isobel Shaw who jumped from an upper window to her death, after reportedly having been locked in her bedroom by her husband. Today, it is thought that her spirit will knock on the doors of the castle to make her presence known to the guests.
  • Bram Stoker, the author of Dracula was Irish.
  • Saint Patrick's true name was Maewyn Succat.
  • Real Irish dirt is even being sold on the Internet today along with shamrock seeds
  • The Romans referred to Ireland as Hibernia
  • Cedric Gibbons designed the Oscar Trophy that is given out for the Academy Awards. He was born in 1823 in Dublin, Ireland.

Whew!  Believe it or Not We Said All of That in One Breath!

This list is just the tip of the iceburg when it comes to fascinating Ireland facts. To go into more detail we would have to dedicate an entire website to the topic.

Fortunately - that's exactly what we've done! :-)

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