ESL – ÉIRE: would you believe it? Part 2

31 August

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Did you know that:

  • Ireland is called Éire in Irish and is also known as the Republic of Ireland.

  • Irish, or Irish Gaelic is the country’s first official language, however the second official language English is more commonly spoken.

  • There are over 4.75 million people living in Ireland as of July 2013.

  • The Irish capital, Dublin is home to over one quarter of the total population.

  • Other Irish cities of note include Cork, Limerick and Galway.

  • Irish novelists have made major contributions to world literature. Famous writers include Jonathan Swift – Gulliver’s Travels, Bram Stoker – Dracula and James Joyce – Ulysses.

  • Ireland has won the Eurovision Song Contest a record seven times.

  • A number of multinational technology corporations have setup European headquarters in Ireland helping to make it one of the largest exporters of hardware and software-related goods and services in the world.

  • Ireland was one of the initial 12 European Union nations that began using the euro currency in 2002.

  • Saint Patrick’s Day is Irelands official national holiday. The 17th of March holiday is celebrated in Ireland and also embraced by many other countries around the world.

  • The world famous Guinness beer is from Ireland, it originated in the Dublin brewery of Arthur Guinness.

  • Gaelic football and hurling are traditional sports of Ireland and remain the most popular sports in the country.

  • At the Olympics, boxing is Ireland’s most successful sport.

  • In 2002 Ireland was the first country in the world to have an environmental tax for plastic shopping bags and in 2004 it was the first to introduce a public smoking ban.

  • Shamrock (type of clover) is the national symbol of Ireland and along with the harp it is a registered trademark of the country.

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