Category: Fascinating Facts

Did you know… Robbie Burns

Burn’s night is on 25 January – it is a celebration of the life and poetry of Robert Burns who was born on 25 January 1759. He wrote Auld Lang Syne, which is traditionally...

Druid looks out

The Druid is a large wooden statue, opposite Molly Gallivan’s cottage, Bonane, Kenmare. It is carved from the remains of a pine tree, which has stood there for hundreds of years. The carving represents...

Did You Know… Fairytale

Fairytale of New York by the Pogues and Kirsty McColl is the most played song on Irish radio every year during the Christmas period. * * * The official colour of Ireland is actually...

Did You Know… Wolfe Tone

A statue in Bantry town centre of Wolfe Tone, one of the leaders of the 1798 Irish Rebellion. The people of Bantry erected the statue looking out to sea… it’s to be taken as...

Did You Know… George Washington

George Washington’s troops used the password ‘St Patrick’ when they forced the British out of Boston on March 17th 1776. * * * The most Catholic town in the Republic of Ireland is Buncrana,...

Did You Know… Holly

In ancient Ireland people would put holly leaves and branches in their homes during winter. This was so the supernatural forest people would be able to come in and shelter from the cold. The...

Did You Know… Oliver Plunkett

In 1975, Oliver Plunkett was canonised as a saint. He was the first Irishman in over 700 years to receive the honour. He was made a patron saint for peace and reconciliation in Ireland...

Did You Know… Emerald Isle

The first person to refer to Ireland as the ‘Emerald Isle’ was William Drennan in 1795. Drennan was a doctor and poet from Belfast. He used the phrase in his poem, When Erin First...

Did You Know… Nobel Prize

Ireland has produced four writers who have been awarded a Nobel Prize for Literature – George Bernard Shaw, W. B. Yeats, Samuel Becket and Seamus Heaney. * * * The citizens of Ireland are...

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