10 Facts About Ireland You Probably Didn't Know

Ireland, a place well known for its affiliation with St. Patrick, pints of Guinness, and the Irish jig, is one of the well-known European countries across the globe. In Europe and in many other countries around the world, a national costume is something that constitutes a big part of culture and history. Ireland is no exception to this as well.
  1. Ireland has one of the world’s oldest lighthouses – Hook Lighthouse in Hook Head, Country Wexford, Ireland, created during the 12th century.
  2. The world-famous drink, Guinness Beer, was conceived in Ireland.
  3. Despite being the birthplace of Guinness, Happy Hour is illegal in Ireland.
  4. Halloween originated in Ireland and celebrated by the Celts.
  5. It is the only country with a musical instrument (harp) as a national symbol.
  6. The Titanic was built at the Harland and Wolff shipyard on Queen’s Island, Belfast, Ireland.
  7. Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick, was actually born in Britain and not Ireland.
  8. The Great Famine, also known as the Great Hunger, Irish Potato Famine, and the Great Irish Famine, which took place between 1845-1849, was caused by late blight on potatoes. The infestation of a fungus-like pathogen infected and destroyed the leaves, stems, roots, and tubers of root crops particularly the potatoes. This caused a huge decline in the population of Ireland.
  9. The Newgrange, the dome-shaped stone solar observatory is located on the Boyne Valley and constructed as far as 5,000 years ago, before even Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Giza.
  10. The Irish tricolor flag celebrated its 170th year in 2018. The symbolism of the three colors are as follows: green for Irish republicanism back in the 1790s; orange for the Protestant minorities, and white for peace between the Catholic and Protestant Ireland.