Looking for funny Ireland facts? Here are some of our best for you to enjoy…
1) Ireland has virtually no coal or forests, and so peat is used for burning as fuel in home fires. If you’ve ever experienced Ireland in winter, you will understand why they first attempted to burn mud!
2) World famous geographical anomaly, Giant’s Causeway, is in Northern Ireland. This was created by a giant called Finn McCool or rapidly cooling lava depending on how much Guinness you’ve drunk!
3) Three Irishmen have won the Nobel Prize For Literature in the past 100 years; George Bernard Shaw, W.B. Yeats and Seamus Heaney. But some of the finest Irish writing can be found on pub toilet walls.
4) St Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, was Welsh. The Welsh get quite upset that everyone loves the Irish, while everyone kind of forgets about the Welsh. The fact that their most famous native is patron saint of Ireland probably doesn’t help!
5) Dublin was founded by Vikings and its name was originally Dubh Linn, which means “Black Pool”. When traveling in Europe, make sure you don’t end up in Blackpool (England) instead of Dublin. FFF has been to Blackpool.
6) You’ll be surprised by the number of (adult) people in Ireland who actually believe in fairies.
7) Barack Obama’s great, great grandfather was from Moneygall in Ireland. There really is no end to the number of US Presidents to claim Irish ancestry! Barack O’Bama, indeed!
8) The Titanic was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland. The usual comment is that: “It was fine when it left here!”
9) The first divorce in Ireland was granted in 1997! No wonder so many Irish men spend most of their spare time down the pub!
10) The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia. It’s hard to believe this was a genuine attempt at coming up with a name rather than someone falling asleep on a typewriter.