Things You Didn’t Know About Ireland

Following on from our “Irish Facts” post we wrote last week (very popular), we did some more research to find out some things you might not know about Ireland. Here we go…

More Guinness is Sold in Nigeria than Ireland


Yes we couldn’t believe it either, we’re famous for Guinness but there’s more sold in Nigeria. They’ve even got a brewery in Lagos making the stuff, which was the first outside of Ireland and Britain.

It once rained in Ireland for 40 days


Does anyone remember this? In 2007 it actually rained for 40 days straight, and it was in Summer! This hasn’t happened since but we’ve been close (let’s move abroad?)

Technically, it is an offense to be drunk in public in Ireland


Regulations introduced in 2011 allow the police to issue on-the-spot fines for anyone caught being drunk in a public place in Ireland. Own up, who’s been caught?

Only two members of U2 were actually born in Ireland


The Edge, was born in London, to Welsh parents, and Adam Clayton, U2’s bassist, was born in Oxfordshire, England. There’s only Bono and Larry Mullen Jr. who were actually born in Ireland.



Top 10 Facts About Ireland… True or False?

We’ve noticed a lot of “Top 10 Facts” posts lately and after stumbling across an Irish list we thought we’d take a look and post our favourite on here. Are any of these true? Some we can’t believe!

1. There are more mobile phones in Ireland than there is people. Ermm guess so if you include those old Nokia’s in the cupboard.


2. The Irish report the lowest annual number of UFO sightings in Europe. We’re glad about this one… they don’t exist! (anyone believe?)

3. May is generally the driest month of the year in Ireland. There’s a driest month? We thought it rained ALL the time!

4. Dublin boasts one pub for every 100 head of population. This has got to be true, for the whole population we reckon. (Check out our “Top pubs” post)


5. The average height of Irish men is 5′ 8″. No comment.

6. At the Olympics, boxing is Ireland’s most successful sport. I wouldn’t mess with us.

7. Ireland was the first country in the world to have an environmental tax for plastic shopping bags (2002). We’re over it now, it’s England’s turn.


8. The number of people who claim to have Irish heritage… 70 million. Well why wouldn’t you want to be Irish, we’re great! Evan Barack Obama has Irish heritage.

9. Ireland have won the Eurovision song contest more times than any other nation (7 times). This makes up for all the football tournaments. (except Euro 2016 of course).

10. The most popular baby names in Ireland are Jack and Emily. We know too many Emily’s!