Did you know?
• Ireland is a relatively small country. The island
covers 84,431 square kilometers (32,599 square
miles). United States residents might be surprised to
learn that Ireland is roughly the size of Indiana.
• Ireland is actually two countries. The Republic
of Ireland comprises most of the island and is an
independent sovereign state. Northern Island, which
is the northeastern corner of the island, is a part of
the United Kingdom, which also includes England,
Scotland, Wales, and some smaller islands.
• Globally, red hair is rather rare, with just 1 to 2
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percent of the population possessing the gene that
produces red hair. People of Irish descent have a
higher incidence of red hair than people from other
areas of the world.
• The original seven Celtic Nations are Ireland,
Scotland, Wales, the Isle of Man, Cornwall, Brittany
(France), and Galicia (Spain).
• It is believed that more than 40 percent of all
American presidents have had some Irish ancestry.
• Ireland’s famed city of Dublin was originally
named “Dubh Linn,” which means “black pool.” The
moniker refered to an ancient treacle lake in the
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• According to Irish Central, there’s one pub for
every 100 people in Dublin.
• St. Patrick is known as the patron saint of Ireland.
However, he was also given secondary patronage
status for Nigeria, despite never actually visiting
• Irish people are the biggest drinkers in the world
— tea drinkers, that is. They consume an average
of 1,184 cups of tea per person per year.