The very impressive Roadside Goddess sculpture in Co Galway.
One per cent of the cost of every new road built in Ireland has to fund a piece of art, up to a total of €64,000. Each local authority decides the theme of the art on their stretch of roads.
* * *
Co Wicklow man Tommy Kinsella was the world’s longest serving altar boy. He served at the Church of the Holy Redeemer in Bray for 81 years from 1917 to 1999. He held the Guinness World Record as the longest serving altar boy until Peter Staley from England claimed his record.
Dracula was written in 1897 by Irishman Bram Stoker. It has never been out of print and has been translated into 50 different languages.
* * *
* * *
An old Irish folklore says that if you eat an apple pie on Christmas Eve you won’t suffer ill health the following year.
A rich man’s money can be described as ‘flúirseach’ (pronounced Flu-shirk) which literally means ‘profusely’ in Irish, although where money is concerned it has come to mean ‘plentiful’.
* * *
The song ‘Red Sails in the Sunset’ made famous by Nat King Cole was written by Co Tyrone man Jimmy Kennedy.
The Irish used to have a saying – ‘Saturday’s flitting, a short sitting’. This meant that people wouldn’t take on anything major on the day before Sunday, the Holy Day. This included moving house, getting married or even travelling overnight.
* * *
Check the price of a pint of Guinness when you were young!
All images copyright Ireland Calling
Do you qualify to become an Irish citizen?There are three main ways for a person to qualify for Irish citizenship – through birth, through marriage or civil partnership or through naturalisation. Check if you qualify for Irish citizenship
Did you know?Singing Cork barman has fans across the world - a video of the Irish music loving barman singing while he poured a pint went viral as people became enchanted by his easy going style and great voice. Check out his video.
Have you heard about…Irish people warned about the ‘Celtic curse’ - a potentially deadly blood condition, that harms the liver, heart and pancreas, has been labelled the ‘Celtic Curse’ because more people in Ireland are prone to it than people from other countries. Find out more.
What about this…‘Irish giant’ Tom Crean was one of the bravest and toughest explorers of the early part of the 20th century. Thanks to his positivity and faith, he managed to not only survive horrific conditions but also save the lives of his colleagues. Find out more.