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Luck of the Irish - Fun facts about Ireland

Matthew Lane • Mar 16, 2018 at 8:46 AM

IRELAND — Ireland has long been known for its rich heritage, diverse weather and intriguing history. The Emerald Isle can be a mysterious place to visit — and an even more exciting place to live.

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

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