Bogs are Ireland’s original refrigerators. And they are pretty good—even 3,000-year-old bog butter is edible. We know this because archeologists tended to eat it. The secret is the anaerobic nature of the bog. Without oxygen, neither the butter nor its wooden container decomposes.
A local folk remedy in Boho, Ireland was to place soil from the local church under a pillow while you slept to cure infections. In 2018 a microbiologist found the churchyard’s soil contains a previously unknown strain of streptomyces which can be used to create antibiotics.
In Ireland there is a popular tradition known as The 12 pubs of Christmas. You must go to 12 different pubs in one night, having one drink (most commonly a pint of beer) in each Pub. Participants usually have 12 rules to follow, e.g “No sitting in pub 3”, “No using the bathroom in pub 7” etc.
During a concert in Ireland, Dave Mustaine (of Megadeth) drunkenly dedicated a song to “the cause” and yelled “give Ireland back to the Irish!”. A riot then broke out between the Catholics and Protestants and Megadeath had to travel in a bulletproof bus.
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.