15 shocking facts you probably didn’t know about Ireland!

1. Ireland ranks sixth worldwide in the average consumption of beer per person.


Before the 1990s Ireland had a low rank in consumption, however now statistics show that the average Irish person drinks about 100 litres of beer each year!

2. Ireland has the fourth largest stadium in Europe.

Croke Park

Croke Park in Ireland’s capital city Dublin, home of the Gaelic Athletic Association, has a capacity of 82,300! It has a rank of fourth in Europe just behind Camp Nou in Barcelona, Wembley in England and Olimpiysky in the Ukraine.

3. More Guinness is sold in Nigeria than in Ireland.


Surprisingly Ireland the home of Guinness, does not sell the most Guinness in the world! Britain is first, Nigeria is Second and Ireland is third!

4. Irelands Patron Saint St. Patrick is not Irish!

St Patrick Shamrock Image

Although the location isn’t exactly known, Saint Patrick is actually from mainland Britain; he is most likely from the region we now know as Wales. He was captured by Irish pirates and brought to Ireland at age 16. He spent 6 years in captivity before returning home to his family. Saint Patrick then spent 15 years in the priesthood and returned to Ireland as a missionary after having a vision where he then was ordained a Bishop.

5.The submarine was invented in Ireland.


John Philip Holland (29 February 1840 – 12 August 1914) was a Christian Brother from County Clare who invented the first submarine used by the US Navy and the first Royal Navy submarine– Holland 1.

6. Halloween was derived from an Irish festival called Samhain


Samhain is a Gaelic festival which marks the end of harvest season and the start of winter where the livestock were slaughtered for winter. The souls of the dead were also thought to return to the homes of their families.

7. The longest place name in Ireland is Muckanaghederdauhaulia.


Muckanaghederdauhaulia is a small town land in county Galway which translates to “ridge, shaped like a pig’s back, between two expanses of briny water”.

8. More people speak Polish at home than Gaelic.


There are around 82,600 speakers of Irish who use the language at home on a daily basis. Constrast this with Polish, where 119,526 speak the language at home, making it the second most spoken language on the island!

9. 10 million pints of Guinness are produced in Dublin every day!


 10. St Valentine is buried in a Dublin church


Many travel to Dublin every year to see the remains of St Valentine in Whitefair Street Church in Dublin!


11. The national symbol isn’t actually a shamrock…

passportguinness logo

It’s a harp “The Coat of Arms”. The harp became the national Irish symbol when Ireland was separated from the UK in 1922. It is now used on coins, passports and many emblems including Guinness and Ryanair. It is also interesting to point out that the official Irish harp, found on Irish passports points the opposite direction to the harp on a Guinness glass.

12. Only 9% of the Irish population are natural redheads.


13. The White House was created by an Irishman.


The White House was designed by Irishman James Hoban who won a competition in 1792 which lead him to creating the building.

15. Irish traditional sports – Hurling and Gaelic Football have developed over 3000 years!

eire gaa

Hurling goes back 3000 years, initially played by warriors to hone their sword wielding skills and believed to be the fastest game played on grass. Gaelic football is considered a mix between rugby and soccer; it was first ‘properly’ played in 1885 just 22 years after soccer was first played!!

15. Ireland is the third largest tea drinking nation.


Statistics show that 1184 cups of tea on average are drank each year per person. That’s a lot of tea!


  • George

    Shocking facts? or “Nice collection of facts”

  • Mac

    The first image…they are not Irish btw. It’s also a pretty offensive image imo.

    • James Manton

      It is not offensive at all. I’m Irish myself and I agree we do drink a lot as a nation. If it offends you then don’t look at it. You don’t need to tell everyone it’s offensive just because you don’t like it

    • jeff

      I find nothing offensive about that. Irish born and bread, and proud of it.

      • Raymond Robertson

        Unless you’re a bun in a bakery, it’s “Irish born and bred.”
        Just sayin

        • Same crap different pile! Dest

          ha good one!

    • shane o brien

      Fuck this sterio type shit. Im going for a pint

  • Elf

    Ireland is full of scamers or con artists. If an Irish person is over nice to you they’re scamming ya.

    • pogmothoin

      Ah, yes. From infancy, us Irish people are taught to steal from people. Yes, this is 110% true; believe me, I am a scientist

    • md

      here we go again some pissed off loyalist

    • Same crap different pile! Dest

      “bugger off” sent especially for you from Canada!!

  • pablo

    It’s worldly known that submarine is an spanish invent. I advise you to check wikipedia for example.

    • Shaun

      Incorrect. Suggest not using Wikipedia as fact lol
      Also “worldly” known

    • mike

      Actually they call John Holland the inventor of the first modern submarine because his where powered by internal combustion engines and had batteries to travel underwater. The problem is that while he was from Clare he emigrated to Paterson NJ and all of his early submarine days wwe in the Passic or Hudson river.

    • Michael

      Wikipedia is not a reference to be relied upon

  • John Shepard

    Guinness holds the patent for the harp, for the government to avoid paying royalties they flipped it around so not to be accused of copyright theft.

    • Nigel

      There’s only one other company in the whole of Ireland that have permission to use the Harp symbol, that is Finn Harps FC in County Donegal.

  • Stuart Peskett

    Samhain is not an Irish festival, its a european pagan festival.

    • Raymond Robertson

      Samhain is a CELTIC festival. There are Celts scattered throughout Europe, with the greatest concentration in Eire.

  • Raymond Robertson

    Re: number 5, the submarine was invented by an Irishman but not IN Ireland. John Philip Holland was actually a distant relation of my family. He lived and worked in New Jersey, U.S.A. at the time he invented the sub to counter British naval supremacy.

  • Nigel

    Croke Park is the third largest stadium in Europe. The Olimpiysky holds 70,000.

  • Danie

    There should be the 16th a person born in america is not irish lol

  • tuigim

    We don’t speak Gaelic. The Scottish do. We speak Irish.
    I’m tired of Anglicizations designed to rob us of something. This one was designed to keep the name of the language away from the identity of the nation. It’s not what we call it. Don’t yield to the mistake.
    England – English
    Wales – Welsh
    Ireland – Irish
    Isle of Man – Manx
    Cornwall – Cornish.

  • Fergal

    What do you mean by “mainland Britain”? As far as I can see (and others can disagree with me) when us Irish refer to a “mainland”, it’s generally to continental Europe or to Ireland itself when talking about our offshore islands. Britain doesn’t come into it.