Interesting facts about Ireland

St Patrick wasn’t Irish

In fact, no one really knows where he was from. He came to Ireland as a slave, managed to be freed and decided to hang around converting us all to Christianity and banishing the snakes.

Everyone’s addicted to Craic!

It’s the Irish word for fun.

Obama’s not from Kenya or Hawaii – He’s Irish!

President Barack Obamas maternal great, great, great grandfather Fulmuth Kearney came from Moneygall, in County Offaly. Mr. Kearney came to America in 1850.

Our ancestors were clock-watching star-gazers.

Newgrange, an ancient temple in County Meath, is 500 years older than the Great Pyramids at Giza in Egypt and 1000 years older than Stonehenge in England. In our opinion, it’s far more impressive too! Each year, on the winter solstice, the passage chamber is illuminated by the sun. This accuracy can’t fail to impress, and surprising too considering how Irish people are never on time! Go check it out. 

Innovative Ireland

Ireland was the first country in the world to introduce a nationwide smoking ban in March 2004. We were also the first to introduce a ban on free plastic bags in shops.