10 Facts About Ireland That Will Blow Your Mind!
- Ireland is the only country in the world with a musical instrument, the harp, as its national emblem.
- The Irish flag is green, white, and orange. Green represents the Catholic community, orange represents the Protestant community, and white represents the hope for peace between the two.
- The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia, which means “pig-shaped hill between two seas.”
- St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was actually born in Britain and brought to Ireland as a slave.
- The word “whiskey” comes from the Gaelic phrase “uisce beatha,” which means “water of life.”
- The Cliffs of Moher, located on the west coast of Ireland, are one of the highest sea cliffs in Europe, standing at 702 feet tall.
- The oldest pub in Ireland is Sean’s Bar, located in Athlone, which dates back to the year 900.
- Ireland is home to the world’s largest dry stone wall, which stretches for over 5 miles in County Cork.
- The Titanic, which famously sank in 1912, was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
- Dublin is home to the world’s oldest public library, Trinity College Library, which was founded in 1592 and houses the Book of Kells, an illuminated manuscript from the 9th century.
I hope you found these facts interesting and learned something new about Ireland!