Ireland

I have been busying researching Ireland in preparation for book  2, and listening to the spa favorite Enya. I find listening to music with words while I am trying to write, is too distracting. I am also researching Irish Druids, which is incredibly difficult since the Druids didn’t believe in putting anything in writing (to keep information from getting into the wrong hands).  Most information written about the Druids at the time were very biased against them. It makes me glad I live in the internet age where political propaganda is more difficult since anyone can post video, news-reports, etc.

 Interesting and Fun Facts about Ireland

Once upon a time Ireland was only known as the “Island of Saints and Scholars”, nowadays, fortunately, we’re known for so much more. We have A-list Hollywood actors, world-class pop rock musicians, top authors, Guinness, some of the world’s most stunning scenery and even a claim to the White House! Read on for more…

Famous symbols of Ireland…

The harp, also known as the national symbol of Ireland, the Celtic cross, the shamrock and the Irish wolfhound are all well known Irish symbols.

Religion…

The majority of the Irish population are Roman Catholic (88%).

National language…

Gaelic is Ireland’s national language. Only in the Gaeltacht (Irish speaking) areas of Ireland will you find that Irish is used as the everyday language. In all other parts of Ireland, English is the spoken language.

Music…

Ireland’s most famous musical export would have to be U2, closely followed by The Boomtown Rats, Thin Lizzy and more recently Boyzone and Westlife.

Hollywood factor…

The cream of the crop includes Richard Harris, Pierce Brosnan, Cillian Murphy and Colin Farrell.

The world of literature…

To our credit, Ireland has produced Bram Stoker, James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, Maeve Binchy and Celia Aherne.

Patron Saint…

Saint Patrick, who brought Christianity to Ireland in around 430. St Patrick’s Day is celebrated in Ireland, and indeed all over the world, on March 17th.

Our capital – Dublin…

Dublin was founded by the Vikings in 988 and was originally called Dubh Linn (which means Black Pool in Irish).

First Saint Patrick’s Day parade…

Boston was the proud host with an event organised by the Charitable Irish Society in 1737.

The White House…

James Hoban, a Kilkenny born architect, won a competition to design the original White House

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2 thoughts on “Ireland

  1. Lorraine says:

    I just wanted to say that i purchased your book today and can’t seem to put it down. I look forward to reading book 2.

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