Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Irish Trivia

  • The national anthem of Ireland is "The Soldier's Song".  It was written in 1907 by Peadar Kearney.
  • The Titanic was built in 1912 in Belfast, Ireland.
  • Ireland has had four winners of the Nobel Prize for Literature: George Bernard Shaw- for Pygmalian (My Fair Lady- 1938)  William Butler Yeats- poetry, Samuel Beckett and Seamus Heaney- poetry.
  • The capital of Ireland is Dublin.
  • There are approximately 207 days of the year when Ireland receives at least some rainfall.
  • The Blarney Stone is located at Blarney Castle near Cork, Ireland. The castle was built in 1446. Many tourists go there to kiss the Blarney Stone. The legend is that kings stood on it to be crowned and if you kiss the Blarney Stone you will be eloquent!
  • Irish Step Dancing (like "Riverdance") originated in Ireland and is their native dance.
  • Irish Wolfhounds are the official dog of Ireland and they can grow to be 6 feet tall and can weight up to 180 lbs.
  • St. Patrick's Day is a national holiday in Ireland. It is named after St. Patrick who was a catholic priest. Legend says that he drove snakes out of Ireland.