Since St. Patrick's Day is tomorrow, now is the perfect time to delve a little deeper into what makes Ireland so unique.
Facts about the Emerald Isle
· Ireland covers 32,599 square miles, or roughly the size of Indiana.
· Ireland consists of two countries — the Republic of Ireland (an independent sovereign state) and Northern Island (the northeastern corner of the island and a part of the United Kingdom).
· The harp is the official national symbol of Ireland.
· People of Irish descent have a higher incidence of red hair than people from other areas of the world.
· The weather is not always rainy in Ireland, even though the country gets its share of precipitation and overcast days.
· The original seven Celtic Nations are Ireland, Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany (France), and Galicia (Spain).
· More than 40 percent of all American presidents have had some Irish ancestry.
· Dublin was originally named "Dubh Linn," which means "black pool.”
· According to Irish Central, there's one pub for every 100 people in Dublin.
· St. Patrick is known as the patron saint of Ireland. However, he was also given secondary patronage status for Nigeria, despite never actually visiting Africa.
· Irish people are the biggest tea drinkers in the world, consuming an average of 1,184 cups of tea per person per year.
· The place in Ireland with the longest name is Muckanaghederdauhaulia. It translates to "ridge shaped like a pig's back between two expanses of briny water."
Source: Metro Creative Connection