Kw-halloween-logo-small

Discover Ireland: The Emerald Isle

The capital of the Republic of Ireland is Dublin.
Map of Ireland

Ireland is about more than leprechauns and lucky charms. Check out how cool the Emerald Isle really is.

The History of Ireland

The English invaded Ireland in 1171 and ruled the country for centuries. In 1845, a disease infected most of Ireland's potatoes and caused a famine that lasted four years. More than one million Irish people died from starvation and disease. Another million or so left Ireland for countries like the US and Australia. On December 6, 1921 Ireland was split into Northern Ireland, which had more Protestant peeps (like the English), and the Republic of Ireland, which was mainly Roman Catholic. Northern Ireland stayed part of the United Kingdom (Britain) and the Republic of Ireland became independent. Lots of people were mad that the north stayed with the UK, which caused a lot of fighting and even acts of terrorism.

Famous Peeps From Ireland

The band U2 hails from the land of the leprechauns. The band's first break came in 1978, when they won a talent contest on St. Patrick's Day. The latest James Bond, Pierce Brosnan, was born in Ireland but moved to England at an early age. Jedi Master Qui-Gon Jinn, AKA Liam Neeson, is from Northern Ireland. Other famous folks from the Emerald Isle include Irish boyband Westlife and Colin Farrell.

Fast Facts About Ireland

  • Mary Robinson became the first female president of Ireland in 1990.
  • Ireland has two official languages, English and Gaelic.
  • You might think four leaf clovers are the national symbol of Ireland but it's actually the harp.
  • New York is closer to Ireland than it is to LA.

Related Stories:

 

>
>

readers voted!

Comments

Shadeleaf

Shadeleaf wrote:

Ansestor's are from here
commented: Fri Dec 06, 2013

directioner_4lyfe
Niall Horan is Irish
commented: Fri Sep 13, 2013

JennyD

JennyD wrote:

USA USA!!
commented: Sat Sep 07, 2013

there are 17 more comments

Please login or register to add comments


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like!

latest videos

F1110935899640

What's Your Fave Lucky Charm?

  • Pink Hearts.
  • Purple Horseshoes.
  • Yellow Moons.
  • Green Clovers.

related stories

Greenland isn't so Green! Greenland's history reads something like this.
Do you see what I sea?: Sea is a Samoan delicacy that is made from the innards of a sea slug. It ...
If snakes freak you out, seagulls annoy you and billboards annoy you, then the place to be is Haw...

Random in the forums

FireWolfRain
Good night?! I dunno.  @Vir WHAT?  @A16 Dl? What's dl? And do you have a updog? 
reply 6 minutes
LAZY778
LAZY778 posted in Say Anything:
Bored :/
reply 11 minutes
_Black♥and♥White_
Anime Girl. 
reply 29 minutes
Bunnoo
Bunnoo posted in Debating:
It's up to you if you like to play with dolls.
reply 33 minutes
xPrincessPikachux
A selfie... *sighs*
reply 34 minutes

play online games

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

Big_icon_(7)

Have you ever fancied being a ranger like those fantasy characters you love so m...

Big_icon_(4)

You run across the city in a car chase with the police officers.

Big_icon_(6)

The evil master kidnapped all of your friends!

Ow_fright_ad_100x100

Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...