!Ireland

Ah, here we are again on the dawn March 17th. This is the day that we are all a little Irish.

Since we are certain that you are all versed in Irish lore, customs, culture and history, let's get right into some fun facts you maybe didn't know about Ireland and her people:

  1. The Irish report the lowest annual number of UFO sightings in Europe.
  2. Only 9% of the Irish population are natural redheads.
  3. Dublin boasts one pub for every 100 head of population.
  4. The national symbol of Ireland isn't the shamrock. It's the Celtic harp.
  5. The Ireland national flag was created in 1848. The orange stripe represents Irish Protestants, green is for Irish Catholics and white is for the hope that peace might eventually be reached between them.
  6. The HMS Titanic was built in Belfast (ya, that Titanic).
  7. Guinness beer is NOT vegetarian. Everyone knows the home of Guinness beer is in Dublin but practically nobody knows that Guinness beer is arguably NOT vegetarian. It's because the production process involves the use of isinglass made from fish as a method of settling out suspended matter in each batch.
  8. Ireland is a neutral state and is not a member of N.A.T.O.
  9. St. Patrick's Day is a public holiday in exactly three places in the world including the Caribbean island of Montserrat.
  10. The shortest St. Patrick's Day parade in the world takes place in Dripsey, Cork. The parade route is between the village's two pub, and lasts about 100 yards.

Have fun and celebrate the one day a year we are all a little Irish!