Fun Facts About Ireland
I love learning and teaching my kids about new places in our homeschool! This week, we are learning about a brand new place – Ireland. Ireland is a beautiful place, full of hidden stories and history.
Anytime I start learning about a new place, I love to see if I can find any really unique and fun facts about the place. I started digging around in Ireland facts and found some really cool stuff!
From the fact that there are no wild snakes in Ireland (I love this) to the fact that the country’s name is the Emerald Isle to the fact that St. Patrick’s Day is a national holiday, what I kept learning was endless! Today, I’m sharing those fun facts with you – enjoy!
- Ireland’s nickname is the Emerald Isle.
The far western most country in Europe, Ireland is famous for its lush green countryside. That expanse of green beauty earned the second largest island country in Europe the nickname of the Emerald Isle.
It wasn’t always filled with fields of green though. Ireland was once covered by glaciers that carved the countryside and shaped the island’s features.
Called Éire in Irish Gaelic, 5/6 of the island is considered Ireland while the top 1/6 is governed by England. The population on this island nation is over 4.5 million people.
- There are no wild snakes in Ireland.
If you’re not a fan of snakes, Ireland might be the perfect country for you! Although some citizens have them as pets, there are no native snakes in the country.
However, two types of wild mice, one type of lizard and three types of amphibians can be found on the island. The Irish are protective of the land and the habitat of the limited wildlife and, therefore, have established six national parks and many preserves.
- The Irish are famous for their storytelling.
The tradition of storytelling is alive and well today in Ireland. Whether told in the first official language of Irish Gaelic or the more commonly spoken English, tales and history are passed down from generation to generation.
Ireland’s rich storytelling tradition has also yielded quite a few famous writers with their own gifts for weaving a tale!
- St Patrick’s day is a national holiday in Ireland.
While St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated elsewhere, it’s a day of celebration in Ireland, too. The national holiday honors the life of Saint Patrick and is celebrated by parades and parties across the country.
Interestingly, many of Ireland’s famous musicians and actors are often abroad during St. Patrick’s Day, as they are in high demand in other countries.
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