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You got to agree that when coming to another country, one of the first things you do is that you google it. If you happen to read this article, we may assume that you are coming to Ireland for either studies, job, or just for starting a new life. What are the unique facts about Ireland? What are those crazy facts about Ireland you must know before coming?
The list below are things that people might or might not know, but we found them extremely new considering the fact that they are based on how Irish people live their life. Who needs the statistics and boring pieces of information? So, here are 23 random facts about Ireland you might find both helpful and fun!
#1 Even though the name of the island is Ireland, it’s divided between Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is a part of the United Kingdom. Southern Ireland was officially declared a republic in 1949 and separated from UK. Europeans might know that but many times I was asked by friends whether Ireland belongs to UK or not.
#2 Although English is the dominant language, Irish is the national language and is completely different from English. However, as a result of immigration, Polish is the most widely spoken language in Ireland after English, with Irish as the third most spoken.
#3 Dublin, the capital of the Republic of Ireland, is home to more than one quarter of the country’s population.
#4 The world famous beer called Guinness is from Dublin brewery started by Arthur Guinness – who leased the land the factory sits on for 9,000 years.
#5 It was an Irishman named James Hoban who designed the White House.
#6 The oldest pub in Ireland, Sean’s Bar, was founded in about 900 AD, making it over 1,100 years old.
#7 One of Ireland’s favorite sports, most of us even never heard the name, hurling, has been around for about 2,000 years.
#8 The national symbol of Ireland isn’t the shamrock – it’s the harp! (The harp is also the symbol of Guinness – and they were using it before the country decided to!)
#9 First tax free duty free shops started at Ireland’s Shannon Airport in 1947.
#10 Guinness brewery employees started Guinness Book of World Records in 1950. They were inspired after an argument about the fastest game bird in Europe.
#11 Being drunk in public is illegal in Ireland.
#12 Halloween originated in Ireland. Halloween as we know today actually originates from the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain when the people would light bonfires and wear scary costumes to ward off unwelcome spirits.
#13 Gay marriage is legal in Ireland. The country where abortion is illegal, gay marriage was accepted in 2015.
#14 The Titanic was built in Belfast, in Northern Ireland, and its last port of call was Cobh (or Cove), at the southern end of the island.
#15 Playboy was banned in Ireland until 1995.
#16 Ireland has the fourth largest stadium in Europe. Dublin’s Croke Park, capacity is 82,300, is the fourth largest stadium in Europe after stadiums in Barcelona, England, and Ukraine.
#17 Irish weather is not a myth. Yes, that’s true that it’s always raining in Ireland. Even though temperature never goes below zero, dark winter and wet climate might not help to avoid you to go into depression.
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# 18 When the majority of people of any other nationality may be leaving the bus silently and even sometimes by slamming the door, 94% of Irish people have thanked the bus driver for a safe and pleasant ride if there was one.
#19 He re is one weird Irish fact. This is not a surprise that Ireland is a huge producer of decent beer and you may think that if the Irish people feel down, they can just go to their cool bars and have a drink with a close friend. Objection! Over half (54%) drink tea if there’s a crisis (IrishLife, 2014).
#20 Here is a fun fact! Over one in ten (13%) Irish people have an embarrassing middle name. Do not miss you chance to ask a middle name if you happen to have a close Irish friend.
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#21 It is better not to make any plans, as an active student life in Ireland will change them as fast as the weather changes in this country. Either it is an out to a local bar, backpacking with new friends, or just visiting amazing places with unbelievable landscapes, Ireland has so much more to offer. So, it is better to roll with the changes!
#22 During the orientation week, you can find yourself joining over 15 societies/clubs/ just because they are giving out free stuff. Yaaas!
#23 Approximately 50% of the population in Ireland is younger than 25 years of age. Coming to Ireland for studies? You will totally blend in!