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20 Irish Facts you might not know

I have been looking up some Irish facts (Im from Ireland and live here) and would like to share them with you,some I didn't even know myself,I put them behind a cut,if you don't wanna read them pass on to the next post hehehe.

Fact 1.The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia, in County Galway!!
(I didn't know this)

Fact 2.A ROUGH HANGOVER CURE...I’ll just take the hangover, thanks: One traditional Irish cure for a hangover was to be buried up to the neck in moist river sand.
(I would take the hangover too lol)

Fact 3.Celtic rock group the Pogues were originally called "Pogue Mahone," which translates into "kiss my a**" in Gaelic.
(oh fuck,hahaha I laughed alot at this)

Fact 4.The last witch in Ireland was supposedly Dame Alice Kytler, born in Kilkenny in 1280. All four of her husbands died, and she was accused of poisioning them. Today you can dine at Kytler's Inn in Kilkenny, which operates in her old home.
(There are witches here??? *iz scared*)

5.Catherine Kelly, who died in 1785, was allegedly the smallest Irish woman ever. With a total height of just 34 inches and a weight of 8 pounds, she was known as “The Irish Fairy.”

6.According to one rather obscure Irish legend, a ringing in your ears means a deceased friend stuck in Purgatory is ringing a bell to ask for you to pray for him/her.
(this is freaky,I should move lol)

7.The original seven “Celtic Nations” are: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany (in France) and Galicia (in Spain).
(I didn't know this at all)

8.The Newgrange passage tomb in County Meath was constructed around 3200 BC, making it more than 600 years older than the Giza Pyramids in Egypt, and 1,000 years older than Stonehenge.
(I had no idea about this either,interesting!)

9."11th Night" is a celebration still widely observed by Protestant groups in northern Ireland, who build huge bonfires across the country on the night of July 11th. The fires are lit on the night before the July 12th commemoration of William of Orange’s defeat of King James, a Catholic, in 1690 in the Battle of the Boyne. The battle took place near Drogheda, north of Dublin.
(umm,this im fully aware of)

10.Bram Stoker was working as a civil servant in Dublin when he wrote “Dracula” in 1897.
(You have heard of Dracula right lol) *iz scared again*

11.The Vikings founded Dublin in 988.
(I should really have paid attention in history at school lol)

12.Even Saint Patrick liked a tipple. It was once popular in Ireland to pin sprigs of shamrocks on your coat on Saint Patrick's day in remembrance of his using shamrock leaves to illustrate the idea of the holy trinity. At the end of the day, one would "drown the shamrock" by putting a few shamrocks into a glass and covering them with whiskey.
(Of course he did hahaha)

13.“Tallaght” in Dublin is an old name that means “The Plague cemetery.”
(Thats just....wierd)

14.Baileys Irish Cream which was launched in Ireland in the early seventies, is now the most popular liqueur in the world.
(I have a glass or two of this at xmas,its the only time I drink alcohol,don't tell me ma hahahah)

15.Louth is the smallest county in Ireland; Cork is the largest.
(Oh,I thought Dublin was the largest!!)

16.Ireland is the world’s only country with a musical instrument for a national symbol: the harp.
(I guess I paid attention in history that day lol)

17.The Irish tricolor flag, created in 1848, was designed to reflect the country's political realities. Orange stands for Irish Protestants, green for Irish Catholics and the white stripe for the hope that peace might eventually be reached between them.
(ummm,no comment lol)

18.President Barack Obama’s maternal great, great, great grandfather Fulmuth Kearney came from Moneygall, in County Offaly. Mr. Kearney came to America in 1850.
(I would well believe it,almost all the American presidents have irish descendents of some sort,and who doesn't love obama,hes so adorable,I know nothing about him btw hahaha,but I think hes still adorable)

19.Grace O'Malley, known as the "Queen of the Pirates," commanded a ship with a crew of over 200 men off the west coast of Ireland the 1500's. Read "Queen of the Pirates"
(Yea and captain Jack Sparrow was her husband hehehe,just kidding)

20.St. Patrick introduced the Roman alphabet and Latin literature into Ireland. After his death, Irish monasteries became Europe’s leading intellectual centers.
(Interesting,I guess I fell asleep in class the day we were taught this hahaha)

And since im Irish,heres one for luck

21.“Gulliver’s Travels” writer Jonathan Swift is buried in St. Patrick's Cathedral in Dublin.
(I watched this series when I was a kid)

Why don't you give some  facts about your country too in your journal,it'll be fun,awk go on!!!

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