5 things you probably didn’t know about Ireland

Following on from the our 5 things you probably didn’t know about Spain post, we bring you five of our favourite facts about Ireland.

We’re winners


Dublin is the birthplace of more Nobel literary prize winners than any other city in the world. W.B. Yeats, George Bernard Shaw and Samuel Beckett were all born here. If we’re being greedy we could even add Derry-born winner Seamus Heaney into the mix, although not born in Dublin, lived there from 1976 until his death in 2014.

We’re trend setters

The smoking ban which was implemented in 2004, banned smoking in all workplaces, including pubs and restaurants was the first ban of its kind in the world. We’re also the first country to legalise same sex marriage by means of popular vote. Shannon became the world’s first duty-free airport in 1947.

We have the best postmen in the world

We only JUST got postal codes and we’re all refusing to use them. Any Irish people here know their postal codes? Nope, didn’t think so.

It’s easy to tell if an Irish woman (or man) is single

Way before the days oCladdagh-ring-Facts-about-Irelandf Facebook, the Irish have been flaunting our relationship statuses on our hands for all the world to see. The Claddagh ring, when worn with the point of the heart facing toward the fingertips signifies that the wearer is single and may be looking for love and with the point of the heart toward the wrist, the wearer is in a relationship.

We’re snake-free since 387 AD

Thanks to good ol’ Saint Patrick who banished all of those snakes from the island back in the day! Seriously though, there are no snakes in Ireland, in fact the island is home to verKillkarney-upperlake-Kerry-Way-IrelandWaysy few threatening species.

In addition to the above 5 I’ve also been asked to include a fact of utmost importance, which is of course that

ANYTHING can be solved with a good cup of tea

Whether that will be a cup of Barry’s or Lyon’s, however is a subject of contention.

Do you know any interesting facts about Ireland?

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