St Patrick’s Day: 10 Fascinating Facts About Ireland
The country that began the St Patrick’s Day tradition is one steeped in rich history and culture, and we’ve compiled a list of 10 fabulous facts about Ireland.
- Ireland is known as the “Emerald Isle” because of its lush green countryside. The country has over 40 shades of green!
- Ireland has produced some of the most celebrated English-language writers of the modern era. Notable writers are poet W.B. Yeats, playwright Samuel Beckett and celebrated novelist James Joyce, whose character Leopold Bloom from Ulysses is celebrated on Bloomsday (16th June) every year.
- The Irish flag is made up of three colours: green, white, and orange. Green represents the Irish Catholics, orange represents the Irish Protestants, and white represents the peace between the two.
- The Cliffs of Moher in County Clare are one of Ireland’s most famous natural landmarks. They stand at over 700 feet tall and attract over one million visitors each year.
- Ireland is home to the oldest known field system in the world, dating back over 5,000 years. The Céide Fields in County Mayo are a unique and fascinating archaeological site.
- Dublin, Ireland’s capital city, is home to the world-famous Guinness Brewery. The Guinness Storehouse is a popular tourist attraction, offering visitors a chance to learn about the history of Guinness and even pour their own pint.
- The Irish harp is the official emblem of Ireland and appears on the country’s coat of arms, coins, and official documents.
- The sport of hurling, a traditional Irish game similar to hockey, is believed to be over 3,000 years old.
- Ireland is home to the world’s oldest operating lighthouse, the Hook Lighthouse in County Wexford, which goes all the way back to the 13th century.
- St. Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland, was not actually Irish. He was born in Roman Britain, specifically what is now known as Wales, in the 4th century and brought Christianity to Ireland. Conversely the patron saint of Wales, St Andrew, was born in Ireland.
Ireland is a land full of magic, mystery and wonder with some of the most beautiful natural landscapes and a rich culture that has gone on to influence the world. Celebrate the Irish with Mecca Bingo this St. Patrick’s Day by playing great Irish-themed slots like Rainbow Riches and more!