Irish Trivia

Handel’s Messiah debuted in Dublin in 1742.

Of all the United States, Maine is the closest in size to Ireland.

Irish custom says to weep at a birth and sing at a wake.

The word “galore” comes from the Irish words go leor which mean “enough”.

Ireland has no moles.

Keening is the ancient Irish custom of women wailing for a deceased family member or friend.

The most common Irish surnames in America are Murphy and Kelly.

The Claddagh ring symbolizes: Friendship (the hands); Fidelity (the heart); Reign or Loyalty (the crown).

The color white in the Irish flag represents peace between the Protestant and Catholic religions. Green represents the Catholic tradition. Orange represents the Protestant tradition.

The first Irish newspaper in the United States was the Shamrock (New York, 1810).

Annie Moore, a 13-year-old Irish immigrant was the first person to pass through Ellis Island (January 1, 1892).

A seanchai is a storyteller–originally, a storyteller in the oral tradition.

The oldest official symbol of Ireland is the harp.

St. Patrick is said to have used the three leaves of the shamrock to explain the concept of the Trinity.

The Irish wolfhound was once an extinct breed in Ireland.

The Declaration of Independence was hand-written by the Irish-born Charles Thomson; first read to the public by Irish native, John Nixon; first printed by John Dunlap, born in Ireland; and signed by at least eight men who were either natives of Ireland or whose parents or grandparents were Irish-born.

The banshee of Irish folklore is always female.

Sir Walter Raleigh first introduced the potato in Ireland.

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