Ireland Facts – Interesting Facts About Ireland

Ireland facts interesting

Londonderry’s Banks of the Foyle Halloween Carnival is the oldest Halloween in Ireland. It is also the Ireland’s largest street party.

Ireland’s national symbol is harp, making it the only country to have a musical instrument as a national symbol.

The prefix “Mac” means “son of,” and “O” means “descendant of” in the Irish surname.

Ireland is isolated from the European mainland, and therefore lacks many species like moles, polecats, weasels etc that are common elsewhere in Europe.

The third largest walled city park is in Ireland. It is the Pheonix Park in Dublin.

The “Sean’s Bar” that was opened in 900 A.D. is still operational.

Hook Lighthouse, the oldest working lighthouse in Europe, or probably in the world is located in Ireland.

Most land in Ireland was not suitable for grain agriculture until the 20th century when machinery and fertilizers were introduced. This is while potato became the staple food from early 17th century, before that they relied on stockbreeding.

An estimated 80 million people of Irish descent live outside Ireland, in counties such as U.S., Canada, U.K., Australia etc.

Nearly half of Australian population can claim Irish ancestry.