Ireland Fun & Facts

Ireland Facts: Here you find out the latest, amazing and interesting fun and facts like; Geography, Maps, Flag, History, Current ruler, Area, Population, Capital, Largest cities, Languages, Race, Religion, Literacy rate and Economy of it.

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  • In 2011, the population of Ireland was about 6.4 million, ranking it the second-most populous island in Europe after Great Britain.
  • The earliest evidence of human presence in Ireland is dated at 12,800 BC.
  • English was first introduced to Ireland in the Norman invasion in the 12th century.
  • In 1801, the Kingdom of Ireland and the Kingdom of Great Britain merged to create a United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.
  • There has never been snakes in Ireland because being cold-blooded, snake couldn't survive the frozen ground during the ice age in the past.
  • "Happy hours" are banned in Ireland.
  • There's a bar in Ireland that opened in the year 900 A.D. and is still operational. It's called "Sean's Bar".
  • Sucking a king's nipples was a gesture of submission in ancient Ireland.
  • The RMS Titanic was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
  • The population of Ireland still hasn't recovered from the famine of 1845-1852. It was at 8 million before the famine and is at 6.5 million today.
  • Due to its isolation from the European mainland, Ireland lacks several species common elsewhere in Europe, such as moles, weasels, polecats or roe deer.
  • The Irish surname prefix "Mac" means "son of," while "O" means "descendant of."
  • Less than 10% of the population of the Republic of Ireland today speak Irish regularly outside of the education system.
  • All polar bears alive today can trace their ancestry back to one female brown bear who lived in Ireland 50,000 years ago.
  • More Guinness beer is drunk in Nigeria than Ireland.
  • The world's oldest yacht club is the Royal Cork Yacht Club which opened in Ireland in 1720.