Sunday, March 17, 2013

Irish Fun Facts

As the rest of you nurse your green beer hangovers and chow down on corned beef and cabbage (which actually isn't a traditional meal in Ireland.... at all), I'm going to share some more fun Irish facts.

  • The only country in the world to have a musical instrument- a harp- as it's national symbol is Ireland. The oldest known harp in existance (dates back to 1300) can be found in Trinity College, Dublin.
  • The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia, located in County Galway
  • An old legend claims that while Christ will judge all nations on Judgement Day, St. Patrick will be judge of all the Irish.
  • Another Irish legend claims when you hear a ringing in your ears, it's the sound of a deceased friend in Purgatory ringing a bell asking you to pray for them.
  • Newgrange tombs, located in Couty Meath, was constructed around 3200 BC. If so, that makes it 600 years older than the Pyramids in Egypt and 1,000 years older than Stonehenge.
  • The Vikings founded the city of Dublin in 988
  • St. Patrick introduced the Roman alphabet and Latin literature into Ireland. After his death, Ireland became one of Europe's leading intellectual centers.
  • While Francis Scott Key wrote the poem 'Star Spangled Banner', the tune for the song was composed by a blind Irish harper- Turlough O'Carolan. It was a tune used as an Irish drinking song.
  • James Hoban (born in Killkenny) designed the original White House

I-rish you have a Happy Saint Patrick's Day!

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