Ireland

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Location: Northern Europe

Bordering Countries: Northern Ireland

Capital City: Dublin

Other Main Cities:  Galway, Cork, Limerick, Donegal Town, Killarney, Ring of Kerry, Kilkenny, Waterford, Dingle, Sligo, Skellig Islands, Ennis, Doolin, Kenmare, Cong, Westport, Newmarket-on-Fergus

Language(s): Irish

Population: 4 million +

Religion: Christian Religions (90.44%), Non religious/atheism (6.07%), Other (1.90%)

Currency: Euro (EUR)

National Airlines: Are Lingus

Known for: St. Patrick’s Day, beer, countryside, lakes, nature, music, folk dancing, whiskey, mythology, leprechauns, castles, historic ruins, Guinness, national parks, harp, Shamrock, soda bread, tea, gin, the Celtic Cross

Celebrations and Festivals: St. Patrick’s Day, Cat Laugh’s Comedy Festival, Cork Jazz Festival, Dublin Writer’s Week, Galway Oyster Festival, Art Festival (Kilkenny), National Ploughing Championship, Wexford Festival Opera

Fun Facts…

  • 73% of Americans are unable to identify the location of Ireland on a map
  • On average, the Irish consume 131.1 litres of beer per year per capita, second most after the Czech
  • Many Irish family names start with “Mac” or “O’…”, which means “son of ” and “grandson of ” in Gaelic
  • Ireland has won the Eurovision Song Contest 7 times. This is more than any other country
  • In 2002 Ireland was the first country in the world to have an environmental tax for plastic shopping bags
  • There are more mobile phone’s in Ireland than people
  • Halloween was derived from an Irish festival called Samhain
  • Ireland is the only country in the EU where abortion is still illegal
  • Ireland has had its own Olympics since the Bronze Age, called the Tailteann Games
  • The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia
  • According to some historians, over 40% of all American presidents have had some Irish ancestry