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Dublin Marked on MapShamrock and harp, Celtic cross and St Patrick’s Day, Oscar Wilde and James Joyce, Guinness Storehouse and Irish coffee – these words come up to the mind directly when we speak about Ireland. With its stunning and breathtaking views, popular and attractive heritage which attracts substantial numbers of tourists, it is hard not to fall in love with the many charms of the beautiful country. With popultion over 4.75 million (July 2013), Irish is one of the brightest and most colorful English-speaking nations in the world.

Did you know that?

  1. Ireland (or the Republic of Ireland) is called Éire in Irish.

  2. Ireland is the third largest island in Europe and the twentieth largest in the world.
  3. One of Irish most popular music export groups is U2.

  4. Irish, or Irish Gaelic is the country’s first official language, however the second official language English is more commonly spoken.
  5. Titanic, the Unsinkable ship, which sunk in its first voyage, was made in Ireland.
  6. Many Irish family names start with “Mac” or “O’…“, which means respectively “son of …” and “grandson of …” in Gaelic.
  7. Ireland was one of the initial 12 European Union nations that began using the euro gaelic languagecurrency in 2002.

  8. The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia, in County Galway.

  9. Saint Patrick’s Day is Irelands official national holiday. The 17th of March holiday is celebrated not only in Ireland but also embraced by many other countries around the world.

  10. Ireland is the only country in the EU where abortion is still illegal.

  11. Gaelic football and hurling are traditional sports of Ireland and remain the most popular sports in the country.

  12. In 2002 Ireland was the first country in the world to have an environmental tax for plastic shopping bags and in 2004 it was the first to introduce a public smoking ban.

  13. Shamrock (type of clover) is the national symbol of Ireland and along with the harp it is a registered trademark of the country.

Watch the video and find out even more interesting facts=)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V4aiYG-kk2I

/Katja

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