13 Facts About Ireland & Saint Patrick’s Day

13 Facts About Ireland & Saint Patrick’s
Day In the rusty iron chains we sighed for our
weans, our good women we left there in sorrow. As the main sails unfurled, our curses were
hurled at the English and the thoughts of tomorrow. That’s from “Back Home In Derry” an old Irish
drinking song we thought you’d need for Saint Patrick’s Day. While we’re at it, why don’t we look at a
couple more facts about the people from the Emerald Isle, from the country of Hibernia,
about the great green fields of the glorious English speaking land known as Ireland? But first, before we begin this video, don’t
forget to subscribe to our channel for more daily tips like this and turn on notifications
so you never miss our new videos! Ahh, there is such beauty and majesty that
comes from the Emerald Isle. Name that because of it’s majestic green fields
and constant rain that keep the grass lush and brilliant. Every year we come across Saint Patrick’s
Day and use it as an excuse to… uh… celebrate the Irish people and their country. Usually, this involves drinking a lot of whiskey
and sputtering out “O Danny Boy” but this year why don’t we go over some facts about
the Emerald Isle so that this holiday, you can at least sputter out something different. 1) The Basics. Alright, so let’s talk about the gorgeous
green beauty that is the country of Ireland. The nominal GDP of Ireland is $217.3 billion,
while its per capita GDP is $47,478. They’re a democratic nation, and it has been
that way since 1937. The average family size in Ireland is four,
two kids with two adults. Their national animal is either the Irish
hare or the Red Deer (they haven’t decided), and their patron saint is none other than… Saint Patrick! Duh! 2) English And… As you’re probably aware, the people of the
great green Emerald Isle speak some sort of variation on the English language, but did
you know that they actually speak another, slightly more dead language as well? Here’s a fact that’ll blow your mind: Irish
school children are still taught Irish, which is a Gaelic language. Here’s some for reference (please pardon the
terrible pronunciation): Dia duit, fáilte roimh mo chainéal. Sounds cool, huh? 3) Exports. So what do the Irish give the world besides
fun drinking songs, Colin Farrell and beautiful pictures of green fields? According to NATION FACTS, the Emerald Isle
exports: “food products such as potatoes, lamb and beef. They also export a large amount of zinc, lead,
machinery, and pharmaceuticals.” And who do they sell this stuff too? Well, the US takes about 20% of Ireland’s
exports. Let’s see, potatoes, hamburgers, AND drugs? Thanks, Ireland! 4) Imports. So what do they Irish take from the world,
besides a lot of crap from the English? Well, NATION FACTS once again delivers that
answer: “their imports include oil, aircraft parts, vehicles, and petroleum gases.” And who do they take this crap from? None other than the English, of course! The English account for about 38% of the country’s
imports. Speaking of the English… 5) A Nation Divided. Here’s a sad fact about the Irish people:
their country is divided into two. The North, which is still governed by none
other than the English (or the United Kingdom, just in case you were getting confused) and
the rest– who are an independent nation. The two sides have been at each other’s throats
since the early 1900s, and most notably during a time called “The Troubles” in the 90s, which
featured a group you may know: the Official Irish Republican Army, or the Official IRA
for short. Will Ireland ever be whole again? Only time will tell. 6) Castles. Speaking of wars and bloodshed, the country
of Ireland is covered in castles. This is because of the bloody history of the
Emerald Isle, so ancient Irish people would often need protection from all the battles
and fighting. This is why today Ireland is spotted with
castles and most of them can even be visited today by tourists. 7) Official Color. Quick, what’s the official color of Ireland? Green? Wrong! Apparently, it’s none other than St. Patrick’s
blue. A color that appears on the Historic Coat
of Arms of Ireland, the color’s association with Saint Patrick dates from the 1780s when
it was adopted as the color of the Anglo-Irish “Order of St. Patrick”. Yes, these days green is most often associated
with Ireland and the average Irish person will probably say green is their official
color, but the order of St. Patrick doesn’t lie. 8) Saint Patrick. Show of hands, who knows who Saint Patrick
is? Who knows what he did? Well, he was a fifth century Bishop who came
to be known as the “Apostle of Ireland”. There are many legends about Saint Patrick,
but the one most people seem to know about him is the one about the snakes. There is a lack of snakes in Ireland and that
is usually attributed to their patron saint. As the story goes, Saint Patrick was attempting
a 40 day fast on top of a hill when he was attacked by snakes. Saint Patrick was obviously pretty annoyed
by this, so he chased the snakes into the sea, banishing them from Ireland and ensuring
that no one would be faced with Ophidiophobia on the Emerald Isle ever again. Some say that the snakes were a metaphor for
druids, who Saint Patrick would have driven out in order to make way for Christianity,
but that makes the legend much less fun, doesn’t it? 9) Saint Patrick’s Day. Speaking of good ol’ Saint Patty, we should
talk a little bit about the day named after him, because it’s kind of a big deal in Ireland. First off, if you’re born on this day in Ireland,
you’re considered to be one lucky feller. During this day of grand celebration, the
Irish people go all out– indulging in traditional Irish foods like beer, pink bacon, and savory
chicken. Especially Guinness beer, which is very popular
and in fact originated on the Emerald Isle. Our only question is– where are all the
drui– er, we mean snakes, that we can push into the sea? 10) Leprauchauns and Fairies. What’s more Irish than a leprechaun? These little men who, according to this Irish,
sit on your shoulder and bury gold are as Irish as Guinness and the color… St. Patrick’s blue. Legend has it that these small little guys
have buried all sorts of pots of gold all around the Emerald Isle and all it takes is
an Irishman with a shovel and a lot of gusto to dig them up. We’re not sure where “the end of the rainbow
came from but… what the heck”. Speaking of legends, there’s actually a good
chunk of the Irish population that believes in fairies! In Irish culture, fairies have magical powers
and bring happiness to families! Maybe the Irish thought that Peter Pan was
a documentary. 11) Birthdays, Funerals And Weddings. Okay, a lot to unpack here about Irish celebration,
but let’s start with some weird birthday traditions. On a child’s birthday, the family will often
bump the child’s head against the cake, once for every year that they were born. It’s considered pretty good luck to do this. As for weddings, they’re actually pretty similar
to the ones we have in North America. People travel from far and wide to attend,
there’s a massive celebration involving food and beer, the bride wears white to signify
her purity, the only difference really is that the groom wears a kilt that’s the same
color as his family crest. Finally, funerals. While they’re a sad occasion, they’re not
usually a sad event. Family members of the deceased will take the
time to speak well and share fond memories of the dead person, then partake in some food
and drink. Fun fact– churches tried to ban alcohol
at weddings and funerals years ago but failed really hard in doing so. Those Irish sure do love their booze! 12) Sports. The Irish take their sports very seriously. Like many other European countries, the Irish
people love soccer (or “football” if you speak the queen’s English) however they also really
like some more, lesser known sports. These include hurling, camogie, and handball. Hurling is essentially a combination of lacrosse
and baseball, but even that doesn’t do it justice. It’s a 4,000 year old Irish sport that is
often called “the fastest game on grass”. Handball we’re sure you’ve played in gym class
so we won’t go into too much detail about it, you just throw a ball into a net. Finally, camogie is just the female version
of hurling, with some slight differences. We’ve got to wonder if the Irish would be
any good at lacrosse, considering their illustrious hurling history. Or maybe even baseball… 13) Gender Equality. You can count in Emerald Isle in for one of
the most equal places on planet earth, showcased by the fact that they’ve had two female presidents. They were called Mary Robinson and Mary McAleese,
and they were the seventh and eighth presidents of Ireland. Back to back women! As they say in Irish– cumhacht cailín! We were trying to say “girl power” there,
Irish speakers. Please don’t hate on us too hard, we’re really
trying! And that’s it! What did you think, Irish people, did we represent
your country well or did we miss the most fun facts about your beautiful nation? Either way, let us know in the comments what
we did right or wrong and everyone have a safe, fun Saint Patrick’s Day!

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