10 Interesting facts about Ireland

For anyone interested in visiting or curious to learn more about Ireland, here’s a brief overview for help getting started.

  • 1. There are currently over 6.4 million people in Ireland, including both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland.  This is coming from a peak of over 8 million in 1841, to little more than 4 million from the 1920’s to the 1960’s.  Causes include the Great Famine and emigration.  This emigration now includes over 100 million people that claim to be wholly or partly of Irish ancestry.
  • 2. The largest city in Ireland is Dublin with over 1.1 million people followed by Belfast, Cork, Derry, Limerick, Galway and Tallaght.
  • 3. The two main languages are English and Irish (Gaeilge or Gaelic), with about 133,000 native Irish speakers in Ireland.
  • 4. Ancient and historical sites of Ireland include Newgrange, Hill of Tara, Loughcrew, Lough Gur, Dun Aengus, Carrowmore and Carrowkeel, Navan Fort, Drombeg Stone Circle and many others.
  • 5. While once heavily forested with oak, pine and birch, forest today covers about 12% of the land area, with the remaining converted to farmland, cities and communities over the years.  Animals in the wild include the red fox, deer and about 400 bird species, many of which are migratory from Iceland, Greenland and Africa.  There are no snakes and only one reptile species, the common lizard.  Extinct species include the Irish elk, the great auk and the wolf, while the previously extinct Golden Eagle has recently been reintroduced.  The island’s longest river is the River Shannon, starting from Cavan County in the north and flowing about 361 km or 224 miles down to Limerick city.
  • 6. Famous symbols of Ireland include the harp, the Celtic cross, the shamrock and the Irish wolfhound.
  • 7. Well known writers from Ireland include Jonathan Swift for Gulliver’s Travels, the poet W.B. Yeats, Oscar Wilde, Bram Stoker with Dracula, James Joyce and many others.  Music has a strong foundation going back to Irish traditional music, regularly recurring in a broad spectrum of modern themes.
  • 8. Irish cuisine includes a mix of cheeses, stews, potato and cabbage based dishes, seafood such as salmon and cod, breads, and other dishes made with local ingredients.  For drinks, Ireland is known for its whiskey (produced over 90% worldwide in the early 20th century), stout beers such as Guinness or Murphy’s, Cider such as Magners, Irish coffee, Mead and Poitin.  The Irish have the 2nd highest beer per-capita consumption, after the Czech Republic.
  • 9. A number of traditional festivals come from Ireland, such as Halloween.  Halloween has its origins from the Druidic festival of Samhain, a harvest festival marking the end of summer, the first day of winter, when night became longer than the day.
  • 10. There are about 6-7 million visitors to Ireland each year.  Popular attractions include visiting the main cities such as Dublin, seeing historical sites, mountain and coastal scenery, enjoying the nightlife with live music, local cuisines and meeting others also interested in Irish culture.

Have your own networks with others in Ireland

If you regularly share content or work with people in Ireland, here are a few benefits you get from using an Odysen solution:

  • Use in your preferred language, while no Irish or Gaelic yet, you can use in English, French, Polish, Dutch and others.
  • Have separate networks for different groups, keeping content focused for each.  This could be for both personal and professional groups you’re involved with.
  • Organize content with easy to use folders, add sub-folders to expand and see integrated views in respective parent folders.
  • Within each folder you can add content to the applications, including actions, notes, events, photos, graphics, audio files, office files, videos, websites and blogs.
  • Get started and invite other users for free with the Basic plan!  This includes the ability to add networks, using the applications, and initial storage for your photos or other file types.

Learn more about having your own networks with others in Ireland, including using the applications, languages available, solution examples and relevant blog articles.

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Founder and CEO of Odysen, involved with different writing and music freelancing activities, and have previously worked for larger technology businesses in the US, Europe and Asia.