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Ireland, also known as the Republic of Ireland, is a sovereign state of north-western Europe, which has the occupation of 6 of the 32 counties of Ireland island. The capital and largest city of this country in Dublin, which is located in the eastern part of the island.
In the Irish language, Ireland is called Éire. Today we will tell you such interesting stories of this country which hardly you listen to.
General facts about Ireland
- Total Population – 4.83 million (48.3 lakhs) (2018)
- Highest Mountain –Carrauntoohil 1,038.6 m (3,407 ft)
- Total Area – 70,273 km²
- Largest Lake – Lough Neagh
- National Day – March 17
- Currency – Euro
- National Song – “Amhrán na bhFiann”
- Capital – Dublin
Amazing Facts About Ireland For Tourists and Kids
1. There is no recognition of religion in the Republic of Ireland. Christianity has become popular because of celebrating Christianity in more numbers. Approximately 92% of the country’s population adheres to the Roman Catholic religion. Only 3% of people believe the Protestant religion, 2.35% for the Church of Ireland, 0.37% of the Provincialist Methodist, and 0.11% of Islam.
According to a survey conducted by the Eurobarometer in 2005, 73% of Irish citizens believe in God. 22% believe in the power of the soul and only 4% of people do not believe in God.
2. European countries were the second-most populous country after Britain.
3. Less than 10% of people in Ireland speak Irish.
4. According to Ireland’s law, if your grandparents are Irish, you can take citizenship there.
5. Do you know where the world’s first “boat club” was open? So let me tell you the world’s oldest “boat club” was open in Ireland in 1720.
6. Martin Luther King Jr. was Irish because of his great-grandfather.
7. Ireland is the only country in the world whose national symbol is a musical instrument – the harp.
8. Ireland has more mobile phones than men.
9. 3.6 million people wear glasses in Ireland.
10. Only Ireland in the whole of the European Union is such that abortion is illegal.
11 .90% Irish followers of Catholicism, but perhaps 30% have gone to church.
12. Gay marriage is legally recognized.
13. The Argentine nation’s navy is an Irishman’s donation.
14. The motivation for making the flag of Ireland is taken from French.
15. You would be surprised to know that the evidence of the existence of mankind in Ireland dates back to 12800 BC.
Apart from this, there is another special thing in Ireland that there is a bar which was opened in 900 and it is still operating today. Its name is ‘Sean’s Bar‘.
16. If there are 5,000 copies of a song sold in Ireland, then it will be the best song in Ireland.
17. To become Ireland bestsellers, you only have to sell 3,000 copies of your book.
18. Titanic was last stopped on the Comb Harbor Harbor of Ireland.
You must have known about the ‘Titanic‘ ship. It was the largest ship in the world, which sank in the sea on
April 14, 1912. The ship was built in the city of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
The story of the ship, which sailed from Southampton, England in 1912 to the United States, was the original, but James Cameron cast a unique story of love as DiCaprio and Kate Winslet.106 years ago the ship named Titanic was at its full speed and went ahead and crashed into a huge iceberg. The ship sank in the Atlantic Ocean after two and a half hours. The film Titanic was based on this incident.More than 1500 men, women, and children died in this accident. There are many myths and stories about what happened in the hours before the sinking of the Titanic. And the information of most people is not the historical facts but the result of the films made on this incident.
19. It is said about Ireland that all the polar bears on earth today are alive if we try to trace their ancestors, then they are all the children of a brown female bear living in Ireland 50 thousand years ago.
20. Great Potato Famine
Due to the famine in Ireland from 1845 to 1852, this country has not emerged to date, before that its population was close to 8 million(80 lakhs) and now it is 6.4 million(64 lakhs).
Between 1845 and 1849, the potato crop in Ireland completely deteriorated. Almost 40 percent of the population used to eradicate their hunger with potatoes. This famine had such an effect that about 1 million people left the country and 1 million people died. Due to which the population of Ireland was suddenly reduced by 20 to 25 percent at that time.
Why there was a famine?
According to the website Britannica, late blight (late scorching) disease occurred in the potato crop at that time.
In this disease, both the potato leaves and its root get spoiled. The disease spreads due to a fungus called Phytophthora. There was an outbreak of the disease in the potato crop in almost all of Europe, but Ireland was the most affected.
The whole country had changed
This famine is a horrific event in the history of Ireland, which was then part of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
The famine and its effects permanently changed the demographic, political and cultural landscape there.This famine became a point of mobilization of power for Irish nationalist movements. There were already strained relations between many Irish and British Crowns which further escalated into ethnic and communal tensions.
Irish nationalism and republicanism got a boost in Ireland which led to the migration of people from here. The population of Irish people began to grow in the United States and elsewhere.
21. Most Haunted House, Loftus Hall
There are many haunted places around the world, where people are afraid to go.One such haunted house is in Hook Peninsula, Wexford County, Ireland, named Loftus Hall.
It is said that the soul of a girl wanders in this hall, which is seen by some people. Its photos are becoming viral on social sites.
The girl was locked in the palace …
Loftus Hall was built by the Redmond Family in 1350 AD. It was later taken over by the Loftus Family in 1650 AD.
The Loftus family left the hall in 1780 due to business and moved to another place.He entrusted the Tottenham family to oversee the palace.It is said that Annie became ill (Tottenham family’s youngest child). The girl was later locked in a room in the palace and died in this room. Annie’s soul wanders even today in Loftus Hall.
The truth was revealed in 2012
In 2012, 21-year-old Thomas Bevis, a Lewisham resident who went on holiday in Ireland. During this, he clicked some photos on his camera.
Later, when Thomas saw those pictures, there was a shadow of a girl on the wall of the hall.Thomas had said that when I was clicking the photo, there was no one there nor was there any shadow. Let me tell you that no one lives in Loftus Hall anymore. Why the Tottenham family vacated this house is not known.
As such, Brazil is called the ‘country of snakes’, because there are so many snakes, which you will not find anywhere else in the world. But do you know that there is a country in the world which is ‘snake-less’, that is, there is not a single snake, Yes, Ireland is a country where there are no snakes, but if you know the reason behind it, you will be shocked.
Why snakes are not found in Ireland? Actually, there is a mythology behind it. For the protection of Christianity in Ireland, it is said that a saint named St. Patrick caught snakes from all over the country and threw them into the sea. He had completed this work by staying hungry for 40 days.However, scientists believe that there were never snakes in Ireland. There is no record in the Department of Fossil Records that it was found that there were snakes in Ireland.
There is also a story about the absence of snakes in Ireland that snakes were first found here, but they became extinct due to extreme cold. Since then it has been assumed that snakes are not found due to cold.
23. The most popular sport in Ireland is football and hurling. Cricket was first played in Ireland in 1792.
His neighbor Country England had started playing cricket almost 250 years ago. Ireland played their debut Test match against Pakistan.
24. Ireland recorded its most memorable win against England in the 2011 One Day World Cup. In this match in Bangalore, England had scored 327 runs, in reply Ireland beat England by 1 wicket in the 49.1 overs with 329 runs.
In this match, Ireland’s Kevin O’Brien made the fastest century of the ODI World Cup. He played 113 off 63 balls.
25. There is a group of fans of every country in cricket. Like you know about the ‘Barmy Army’ that supports the
British cricket team in the world. Similarly, there is also a group of Irish cricket fans, who are known as ‘Blarney Army’.
26.First Northern Irish writer to win the Booker Prize
Irish writer Anna Burns has been awarded the prestigious Man Booker Prize for her book ‘Milkman‘.
The novel revolves around an 18-year-old girl living in Northern Ireland in the 1970s, in which the girl is forced
into a mysterious and intimate relationship with a man older than her.Ana Irish is 56 years old. She started living in London in 1987. His first book was ‘No Bones’. The rest of her novels are ‘Little Constructions’ and ‘Mostly Heroes’. She is known among readers for her amazing writing style. She is the first Northern Irish writer to win the award.
27. Climate Emergency
After Britain, the Parliament of Ireland declared a climate emergency and made the nation the second country in the world to take such a step. An amendment to the parliamentary report was declared a climate emergency.
Sweden’s teenager Greta Thunberg, who campaigned for the environment, appealed to parliament to investigate how the Irish government could improve its response to the damage to biodiversity.
This amendment was accepted without voting. Eamon Royan, leader of the Irish Green Party and who introduced the amendment to Parliament, called the decision historic.
28. Before independence, the Republic of Ireland was under the rule of British rule.
29. The Ireland Republic is a small country of continental Europe in North-Western Europe.
30. About 80 percent of Ireland’s islands are under the Republic of Ireland.
31. Dublin is Ireland’s largest city and capital.one-third of the total population lives in the Dublin metropolitan area.
32. You will be surprised to know that 82 percent of people in Ireland want that it should be easy for them to get divorced.People demanded from the government that a referendum should be held to simplify this process.
Considering the demand of the people, the government got public opinion, then the results came as a surprise.
82 percent voted to simplify the divorce law.
After which the government has indicated to bring a new bill.In Ireland, to get a divorce, couples need to be separated for 4 to 5 years. But now the government has indicated that it will bring a new bill to reduce this period.
Let me tell you that in Ireland in 2015 the government approved the marriage of homosexuals through a referendum. In 2018, abortion was also given legal recognition.Luxembourg has the highest number of divorces in the world and the least in India.
33. Funny Judgement
In 2019 Ireland, there was a huge protest of women. A large number of Irish people took to the streets. The surprising thing is that the number of women was more than men in this protest. She was protesting with women’s underwear in hand. A painful accident was hidden behind this strange protest. Let me tell you the reason behind this protest.
The entire controversy arose from the rape case in Ireland. The rapists who raped the 17-year-old girl were acquitted by the court. Questioning the victim’s dress, the defense argued in court that the relationship was formed by consent. Referring to the underwear, the defense said that the court should also pay attention to the victim’s underwear. In which there was lace.
There was considerable resentment among the Irish people after the incident was published in newspapers. Protests against this decision ranged from the streets to social media. On the streets, women were demonstrating with panties in their hands
34. Horrifying Supernatural Experience
According to a report, a strange incident happened at Katrina Hanning High School in Ireland. The CCTV footage of this school has captured strange incidents. Any ordinary person will get scared after seeing them. This Haunted video of Katrina Hanning High School is becoming very viral on social media. So far, over 3 million(30 lakh) people have watched this video on YouTube.
When this incident happened for the first time, the school administration ignored it, but when the incident was again captured on camera for the second time in the same month, the school administration was horrified. The school administration is not convinced that this can happen in a 200-year-old school. At the same time, the school’s principal, Aaron Wolfe, believes that the school has a long history of similar bizarre and obscure incidents in the year.
35. First Gay Prime Minister
Leo Waradkar of Indian origin has created a history of becoming the youngest Prime Minister of the world at just 38 years old. In addition, he will also be the first gay Prime Minister of Ireland. His boyfriend’s name is Matthew Barrett.Significantly, Ireland is one of the countries where gay marriage has been legally approved. People took an active part in the voting for the Gay Marriage Act.
Ireland will be the fourth country to have an openly gay country when LEO becomes Prime Minister. Before this, the heads of Belgium, Iceland, and Luxembourg are also gay.
36. Burial of 800 Children
The truth of the burial of 800 children at a former Catholic parenting center in Ireland has been revealed. Investigations were launched after the children’s skeletons were found, after which many hidden secrets began to open.
Till now it was considered a lie, but the truth of the investigation has proved that the illegitimate children were killed and buried. It is being called a cemetery.
When a local historian got the death certificate of about 800 children from here, but the evidence was found only for two children. After this, the matter was taken seriously and investigation started.
According to the news of the English website, this incident is of 1950. Children whose skeletons have been recovered are being told that they maybe 35 weeks old to three years old.
The Maternal and Child Commission reported that 17 to 20 chambers were built to keep the children’s skeletons. Indeed, this issue arose several times as some local children saw the bones of children in the Chamber in the mid-1970s.
Ireland’s Minister of Child and Youth Catherine Jopponne said that children of unmarried mothers were killed and buried. Historians who disclose the entire case are very happy when the truth comes out.
37. Bloody Mary
Queen Mary I of Ireland or Mary Tudor is famous as ‘Bloody Mary‘.Mary, the first daughter of Henry VIII, King of England, gave her life to make herself Queen of England.Mary was removed from the succession list to the throne in 1553.
In such a situation, Mary rebelled against the British Empire and forced England’s dynasty to bow down.
Mary Tudor was a Catholic Christian. She also wanted to make England a Catholic nation. In this case, she killed the Christians of the Protestant religion run by her father. This count was in the hundreds.
Even Mary Tudor killed her father and step-siblings to establish her supremacy in England. Mary wanted her son to take over the reins of her rule and pursue her dynasty. Although she never became a mother.
Historical Facts about Ireland
Ireland was a puppet state of the English monarchy, existing between 1572 and 1800 on the island.
It came into existence when the Parliament of Ireland passed the Crown of Ireland Act in 1572 and declared King
Henry VIII of England the King of Ireland.
The state was created as an Irish Free State in 1922 as a result of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. It had Dominion status until 1937 when a new constitution was adopted, in which the state was named “Ireland” and effectively
became a republic, with the non-executive president elected as head of state.
He has officially declared a republic in 1949, after the Republic of Ireland Act, 1949. It joined the European Economic Community (EEC), the predecessor of the European Union, in 1973.
For most of the twentieth century, the state had no formal relationship with Northern Ireland, but during the decades of the 1980s and 1990sThe British and Irish governments worked with the Northern Ireland Parties towards a solution.
Important history events related to Ireland country:
- 07 September 1533 – Queen Elizabeth I of Britain and Ireland is born in Greenwich, London.
- 30 November 1667 – Ireland writer Jonathan Swift died in Dublin.
- 28 December 1700 – Laurence Hyde Rochester is appointed the first Earl Ireland Lord Lieutenant.
- 31 June 1774 – Rhodes Ireland, a colony of British America, banned slavery. He was the first colony to do so.
- 03 October 1783 – The first Waterford crystal glass making business starts in Waterford, Ireland.
- 09 May 1798 Battle of Hill takes place in Wexford, Ireland.
- 30 September 1801 – The Treaty of London is signed for the initial peace between the French First Republic and Great Britain and the United Kingdom of Ireland.
- 05 January 1809 – The Treaty of Dardanelle is signed between the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland and the Ottoman Empire.
- December 1955- Ireland became a member of the United Nations.
- 1973- Ireland joined the European Economic Community (EEC), in 1973.
- 1998-Signing of the Good Friday Agreement
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Tourism in Ireland
If you want to go on a trip with your partner, in a place that has all the comforts, entertainment, nature, and food. Then Ireland can be a good option for you.Ireland is a tourist place where different colors of the world are seen in one place. The special thing is that there is not much crowd.There are a large number of museums and art galleries in Ireland. During the summer months, a large number of programs are organized related to music and art. Celtic music is the traditional music, which is a part of Irish music. James Galway’s contribution to Irish music on the world stage is incredible.
Celtic art in art is an old art in which line symmetry is created which includes Celtic Cross, Network Design, Celtic Tree of Life, Spiral Design, Partcullis Design, etc which is associated with some recognition.
Some of the most important historical sites and monuments in County Meath Ireland are located in Boyne Valley. Here you will see things related to the megalithic ancient era on a large scale. There are also some tombs, These tombs are said to be older than both Stonehenge in England and the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt.
Newgrange will fascinate you. It was built about 5,000 years ago and is the most famous prehistoric site in Ireland.
2.Ring of Kerry
The Ring of Carey is the identity of Ireland for many people around the world.It is a confluence of ancient monuments, romantic palaces,magnificent gardens and colorful cities and villages.
The stunning views, heart-winning beaches, fascinating places, and archaeological treasures can often be seen in postcards, films, poetry, and songs. Yes, the locations you see on TV or film, you will actually get to see.
Different forms and views of nature are seen in Ireland. In Barren, there are limestone hills and rock. This place is one of Ireland’s most famous natural attractions.
A trip to Galway would be incomplete without a trip to the Aran Islands. There are several small islands, including Inishmore, Irishman, and Inishmore.
These locations have played an important role in preserving rural cultural existence for centuries. Here you can get to know the culture of Ireland closely, which has undergone at least cultural changes.
The natives of this place still live their lives in the same way as their ancestors lived.
5.The Cliffs of Moher
This place has some of the most breathtaking views of the entire island. The cliff spans approximately 5 miles and is 702 feet high above the Atlantic Ocean.You can enjoy the Aran Islands, Galway Bay, Twelve Pins and Maum Turk Mountains. The popularity of this place can be gauged from the fact that every year about 1 million tourists come from all over the world.
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