5 Fun Facts About Ireland

Lush green landscapes dotted with castles, a charming and inviting pub culture, and friendly and hospitable people who love to laugh make Ireland a popular and beloved tourist destination.

5 Fun Facts

#1 Ireland is comprised of two countries

These 2 are Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, and the Republic of Ireland, which is an independent country, part of the European Union, and referred to as “Ireland.”

#2 The roots of Halloween are from Ireland

Halloween can be traced 2,000 years back to Samhain, a Celtic festival that celebrated the end of summer.

#3 A National Instrument as the National Symbol?

Yes, Ireland is the only country in the world with a musical instrument as its national symbol. (It’s a harp!)

#4 Winner Winner, Song Contest Singer!

The country has been the most successful in the wildly popular annual Eurovision Song Content, winning seven times since the contest began in 1956.

#5 Great for Sightseeing

Ireland currently touts two UNESCO World Heritage Sites, with seven more on the tentative list. (Two were added in 2023!)

Bonus: 10 “Distinctly Ireland” Things

  1. Waterford Crystal
  2. Whiskey
  3. Guinness
  4. St. Patrick’s Day
  5. Irish Stew
  6. Irish Soda Bread
  7. Shamrocks
  8. Aran sweaters
  9. Donegal tweed
  10. U2

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