NOV 20, 2014

Five things you didn't know about Ireland

Ireland - the home of Guinness, four leaf clovers, and leprechauns. You might know a little about this luscious green country, but there’s a lot more you probably didn’t know.


So, to enlighten you a little, here are fivefacts you didn’t know about Ireland you can tell your friends over your next pint of Guinness.


  1. It’s official language doesn’t have the words “yes” or “no”


You no doubt know that the country's official language isn’t actually English, but Irish (most commonly referred to as Gaelic). But what you might not know is that the words “yes” and “no” are nonexistent in their native language. Instead, Gaelic speakers answer questions using positive verb repetition. So for example, if someone asks “are you going to the pub?” the response would be “I am” rather than “yes”.


  1. Playboy was banned up until 1995


For all those younger readers out there, you might be surprised to learn that one of the world’s most popular magazines - Playboy - was banned up until 1995 under censorship laws.


  1. It has a population of 6 million, but…


… worldwide there are thought to be around 80 million who can claim Irish ancestry. The reason for this staggering figure is because in the 19th Century crops started failing. At that time Ireland relied on it’s agriculture for survival. The potato famine devastated the country and forced millions to leave to places like Great Britain, America, and Canada.


  1. It’s the 3rd biggest consumer of tea per capita


The Irish are famed for their love of alcohol, but they’re also big on tea. In fact, they’re the 3rd biggest consumer of everyone’s favourite hot drink in the world.


  1. St. Patrick isn’t actually Irish


There are many people who completely ignore St. Paddy’s day. The day of the year that we all turn Irish, paint our faces green, and down a pint of Guinness. But did you know that the famous saint wasn’t actually Irish? He was actually born into an affluent British family and was brought to Ireland by Irish raiders aged 16.

So there you go. Five things that you didn’t know about Ireland. Looking to purchase some Irish souvenirs? Then Giftware Ireland can help. Browse our site to find the perfect gift.  

Created on 20th November 2014
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