10 curiosities about Ireland that you probably didn’t know!

1.There is a festival in Ireland where a wild goat is caught and made king for 3 days

‘Puck Fair’ is an ancient celebration where a wild male goat (known as a “puck”) is caught from the Kerry mountains and it is crowned king of the town for three days. This festival happens every August and it’s said to be the longest-running festival in Ireland. When the festival ends, the goat is brought safely back up into the mountains!

2.The national symbol of Ireland isn’t a shamrock

The national symbol here is the mighty harp! Did you know there? 

3.Phoenix Park is bigger than Hyde Park (London) and Central Park (NY)

The Phoenix Park (located in Dublin) is over 350 years old. It’s 5 times bigger than Hyde Park and 2 times bigger than Central Park. Crazy, isn’t it?

4.Viking Graves are in Phoenix Park

About 40 Viking graves have been found there, making it the largest Viking burial place outside of Scandinavia.

5.The oldest pub in Ireland is from 900 A.D. 

Sean’s Bar claims to be the oldest pub in Ireland, it was established in 900 A.D. The pub is located between Galway and Dublin. The building is a protected structure and for that reason any alteration to the main bar is forbidden. 

 Image by Elaine Hill  (Photo by Elaine Hill)

 

6.The Brazen Head is the oldest pub in Dublin and it was frequented by famous people like James Joyce

The Brazen Head was established in 1198 and has been frequented by historical figures like Michael Collins, James Joyce, and Jonathan Swift. How cool is that? 

7.Some famous movie scenes were located in Ireland 

The famous Cliffs of Moher can be seen in the movie Harry Potter and the The Dark Hedges (in Northern Ireland) has been used as a location in Game of Thrones. Braveheart is another well known movie which was filmed in the beautiful lands of the emerald island. 

8.Eurovision 

Ireland first entered the Eurovision Song Contest in 1965 and it has won it seven times since then (more than any other country in the world!)

9.The “Taoiseach”

The head of the Irish government is called An Taoiseach (it’s pronounced tee·shuhk), which translated literally from Gaelic means “leader”. 

10.A colony of wallabies live on the private Lambay Island off the coast of Dublin. 

The wallabies were brought to Lambay in the 50s and 60s by the family that owned the island and have been there since then. 

Bonus!

The place with the longest name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia in Galway

Other long names include Illaungraffanavrankagh in Clare, Glassillaunvealnacurra in Galway, Ballywinterrourkewood in Limerick and Corragunnagalliaghdoo Island in Mayo. Can you pronounce these words? 

We hope you had fun learning some cool facts about Ireland with ICOT College! 

Fonts: 

https://www.theirishroadtrip.com/facts-about-ireland

https://www.globalexperiences.com/blog/12-fun-facts-about-ireland

http://www.comparea.org/

https://blog.irishtourism.com/2014/09/16/puck-fair/

http:///www.irelandbeforeyoudie.com

https://mx.toluna.com/

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