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Fun Facts About Ireland


 

We all love celebrating Saint Patrick’s Day, but how much do we know about Ireland? The country in which Saint Patrick’s Holiday originated?!!

Check out these quick facts below:


 

  • Official name of country: Republic of Ireland
  • Population: 4.2 million
  • Capital City: Dublin, it is the most populated city in Ireland.
  • National Anthem: The Soldier’s Song.
  • National Animal: Irish Setter.
  • National Food: Irish stew, Boxty (Potato Pankcake), Shepherd’s Pie and Soda Bread.
  • National Sport: Gaelic Football.
  • Languages: While all locals speak English, Irish (Gaelic) is the true language of the country.
  • Ireland is called the Emerald Isle because of how green and beautiful it is. The high rocky cliffs surrounded by the ocean makes it even more beautiful.
  • The Irish flag is green, white and orange. The green symbolizes the people of the south (The Irish Catholic), and orange, the people of the north (the Irish Protestant). White represents the hope for peace between them and which brings them together as a nation.

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  • The harp is the symbol of Ireland. Other important symbols are the Celtic cross and the Shamrock.

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  • National Animal: Irish Setter.

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  • There are no moles, no snakes, no roe deer, polecats or weasels in Ireland, because as an Island it is isolated from Mainland Europe. 

 

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  • The Shamrock, another symbol of Ireland. Be careful not to mix it up with the four-leaf-clover.

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  • Fairy lore is very popular in Ireland, and Ireland has a long history of fairy and elf stories. Fairies are little female entities, like Tinker Bell, some are good, some are bad. Leprechauns on the other hand are small male creatures that play tricks on humans. They have hidden pots of gold and can grant you wishes if you catch them. Leprechauns are the little green men you see in many pictures of Saint Patrick’s Day. Check out our fairy coloring pages and elf coloring pages here. Here you can find free printable Leprechaun coloring pages.

 

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  • Irish traditional music is one of the things Ireland is most famous for. Traditional instruments include the Bodhran, the harp, the fiddle, concertina and the tin whistle. Traditional Irish dance includes tap dancing and the Irish jig. A great Irish-American tap dancer is Michael Flatley, who created Lord of the Dance.

 

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