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Page 6 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 Smart Money NORTHWEST | 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 city. March / 2020 • 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 Africa. • 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.