Ireland - Island of 6 million & 50 million descendants
The island of Ireland comprises of 32 counties and 4 provinces. Ulster to the North, Leinster to the East, Munster to the South & Connacht to the West. The wild Atlantic Ocean borders 3 of those provinces while the Irish sea separates the island from the British mainland of Scotland , England & Wales.
Population Size: 6.5 million - Republic 4.8 mio & North ( aka 6 Counties) 1.5 mio
Languages: Predominantly English. Irish Gaelic (Polish also spoken by immigrants from Poland who comprise over 5% of the island's population)
Uachtarán na hÉireann/President: Michael D. Higgins
Taoiseach/Prime Minister: Leo Varadkar, Fine Gael
Religion: Christian , predominantly Catholic with significantly declining numbers
Main Sports: Traditional - Gaelic & Hurling Football. 2 soccer sides represent the island - Irish Republic & Northern Ireland respectively. Players are drawn from the entire island of Ireland in Rugby Union, Hockey & Cricket.
Famous Irish: James Joyce, Oscar Wilde,George Bernard Shaw,Samuel Beckett,William Butler Yeats, Countess Markiewicz, Pierce Brosnan, U2
Famous Irish Diaspora: Henry Ford, John F Kennedy, Billy Connolly,Sean Connery, Judy Dench, John Mc Enroe, Maureen O' Hara, (Princess) Grace Kelly
Fun Fact: While the Romans visited Ireland, as evidenced by artifacts discovered over many years, they never colonised the island as they had done with the rest of Europe. Perhaps this goes some way to explaining why the Irish are different!
Famous Myth: The potato did NOT originate in Ireland. It was brought from America by the British colonialist and explorer Walter Raleigh. As a means of survival, it became a staple diet for the Irish tenant farmers paying rent to mostly absentee landlords in England
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