The Spanish once granted automatic Spanish citizenship to Irish people. Due to their belief that the Irish were a group of ancient Spanairds who left Spain with a Spanish King called Míl Espáine to settle the Island of Ireland.
Saint Patrick’s color was blue, not green. St. Patrick’s blue, can be seen on ancient Irish flags & was used on armbands & flags by the Irish Citizen Army up until the 1798 Irish Rebellion. This is when the clover & the color green taken from Irelands lush fields became symbol’s for Ireland.
Ireland held Tailteann mass marriages where couples were allowed to wed and be married for a year to see if they were fit for each other. They could divorce by proceeding to the so called “separation hills” without leaving a mark on their reputation. This was legal until the 13th century.
Between 1937 and 1939, 100k Irish children were encouraged to seek out the oldest person they knew and gather their stories. This has been compiled into an archive searchable by any topic ranging from the supernatural to natural remedies.
An Irish woman was denied for a teaching job in South Korea, citing the “alcoholism nature” of Irish people as reason for rejection.
In 1847 during the Irish potato famine, the Choctaw Nation of Native Americans donated $147 to assist with famine relief. The Irish have just completed a monument of appreciation.
If you have one Irish grandparent who was born in Ireland, you are eligible for Irish citizenship (w/fee). You don’t need to have even been to Ireland or know the first thing about the country to apply. For non-Europeans, this means you get a passport that allows you to work and live anywhere in the EU.
There are over 100 million people in the world today who have Irish ancestry, which is more than fifteen times the population of 6.4 million on the entire island of Ireland.
The Red Hand is the symbol of Ulster because according to myth a boat race was held to determine the king – first to touch the shore wins the crown. One potential king saw he was losing, so cut off his hand (covering it red with blood) and threw it on the shore, thus winning the race.
Newgrange in Ireland is older than both Stonehenge and the pyramids in Giza. On the morning of the winter solstice every year the rising sun shines down the entrance passageway and illuminates the burial chamber at the end. This only happens for a few minutes, once a year.