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800 Ireland Trivia Questions, Answers, and Fun Facts

How much do you know about Ireland? This category is for trivia questions and answers related to Ireland (Geography). Each one is filled with fun facts and interesting information.
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1 Go West: Where would you find the most westerly point on the island of Ireland?
Answer: Dingle Peninsula

The most westerly point on the mainland is Garraun Point, County Kerry.

If you want to go farther, the most westerly point under Irish jurisdiction is Tearaght Island in the Atlantic Ocean 12.5 km west of Dingle Peninsula.
  From Quiz: An Irish Geography Primer: Paper Two
2 In which Irish city, sitting on the river Liffey, can tourists visit The Book Of Kells, The Guinness Storehouse, and The Phoenix Park?
Answer: Dublin

Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is on the east coast of Ireland. The name comes from the Gaelic 'Dubh Linn', which means 'black pool', where the river Poddle met the Liffey to form a deep pool. This is located under Dublin Castle and forms part of the tour of Dublin Castle.
The Book of Kells, is a vellum manuscript of the four Gospels, written around 800 A.D. It is housed in the old library in Trinity College and two volumes are on display, one showing a decorated page and one showing script.
The Guinness Storehouse is located at the original Guinness brewery at St. James' Gate.
The Phoenix Park is one of Europe's largest parks (1752 acres) and includes the residence of the President of Ireland, Áras an Uachtaráin, Dublin Zoo and a visitor centre.
    Your options: [ Belfast ] [ Cork ] [ Dublin ] [ Galway ]
  From Quiz: Round Ireland Trip
3 What is the origin of the city's name, Cork?
Answer: From the Irish word "corcach," meaning marsh

Cork comes the Irish word for "marsh" or "marshy". The modern Irish spelling is Corcaigh. It has nothing to do with the kind of cork you will find in a wine or liquor bottle! The city of Cork was built on low-lying marshy ground that was originally a group of islands in a river.
  From Quiz: Cork
4 Which saint's head is on display in St. Peter's Church in Drogheda?
Answer: St. Oliver Plunkett

St. Oliver Plunkett was hanged, drawn and quartered in 1681. His head can be seen in St. Peter's Church, located on West Street in Drogheda.
    Your options: [ St. Peter O'Grady ] [ St. James Reilly ] [ St. Patrick Hillary ] [ St. Oliver Plunkett ]
  From Quiz: Ireland's Drogheda
5 What is the name of the largest lake in Ireland? It is located in Ulster, the most northerly province.
Answer: Lough Neagh

Not only is Lough Neagh the largest freshwater lake in Northern Ireland and Ireland but also the largest in the British Isles. It has an area of 151 sq miles. To put that into context, it is almost 20 miles in length and 9 miles in width. The lake is also a boundary to five Ulster counties, namely Tyrone, Derry, Antrim, Down and Armagh.
  From Quiz: The Four Fine Provinces of Ireland
6 What is the nickname of County Armagh?
Answer: The Orchard County

County Armagh is in the province of Ulster. It is one of the six counties in Northern Ireland. It is called the "Orchard County" because the land is conducive for growing apples. The Irish name for Armagh is Ard Mhacha. The county colours of Armagh are orange and white.
  From Quiz: County Nicknames of Ireland
7 Which Belfast city centre hotel is known as the most bombed hotel in Europe, but was stayed in by President Bill Clinton during visits to the North of Ireland in 1995 and 1998?
Answer: The Europa

Opened in July 1971, at the start of over 25 years of political conflict known as 'the Troubles', the Europa Hotel is said to have been the target of - or suffered damage in - no less than 33 bombings between 1972 and 1993, mostly carried out by the IRA. The hotel stands beside the beautiful Grand Opera House, where Hillary Clinton spoke to community workers including myself in 1995, and across the road from the famously ornate Crown Liquor Saloon with its carved wooden columns, 'snugs', mosaic floor and granite-topped bar counter.
    Your options: [ The Ritz ] [ Raffles ] [ The Waldorf ] [ The Europa ]
  From Quiz: Landmarks of Ireland (1)
8 The song "In Dublin's Fair City" states: "She wheeled her wheelbarrow through streets broad and narrow". A statue of which famous fishmonger can be found in Dublin?
Answer: Molly Malone

Molly Malone's statue is situated off Grafton Street in Dublin city centre. It is a bronze life-sized statue and is a well-known tourist attraction. The song "Molly Malone" has been sung by many artists, including The Chieftains.
    Your options: [ Brenda Fricker ] [ Queen Meave ] [ Mary Harney ] [ Molly Malone ]
  From Quiz: Dublin's Fair City
9 In the 1841 census the population of Ireland was 8,175,124. After a dramatic natural event occurred, what was the population in the next census in 1851?
Answer: 6,552,385

One million people died from starvation and accompanying disease in the Great Hunger caused by the failure of the potato crop between 1845-50, and nearly two million more emigrated as a consequence in little more than 10 years. Poverty and the threat of further famine led to a long tradition of emigration to North America, Australia and Britain. In 1926, the Irish population sank to a post-Great Hunger low of 4.2 million, but by 2009 it had climbed to nearly 6.2 million (though still lower than before the Great Hunger).
    Your options: [ 8,338,626 ] [ 8,829,134 ] [ 6,552,385 ] [ 7,966,368 ]
  From Quiz: Ireland: The Emerald Isle
10 The Primates of All Ireland in both the Roman Catholic and Anglican (Protestant) churches are called the Archbishops of where?
Answer: Armagh

Armagh is the county town of Co Armagh, and, in 2009, was the smallest place in Ireland to hold city status. St Patrick's Cathedral (Church of Ireland) was built there in the 5th century AD, whilst the Roman Catholic St Patrick's Cathedral dates from the late 19th century.
  From Quiz: Alphabetical Tour of Ireland
11 In which province is County Dublin?
Answer: Leinster

In native Irish, Dublin is Dubh Linn, which means "black pool". Dublin is also the name of the capital city of the Republic of Ireland. The Liffey River flows through the capital. Famous sons of County Dublin have included Bono of U2 fame, Padraig Harrington, a well decorated Irish golfer, and James Joyce, a worldwide renowned novelist.
    Your options: [ Ulster ] [ Connaught ] [ Leinster ] [ Munster ]
  From Quiz: Lovely Lovely Ireland
12 The Cliffs of Moher were filmed in which movie as the Cliffs of Insanity?
Answer: The Princess Bride

Called the Cliffs of the Ruin, The Killer Cliffs, and the Cliffs of Insanity in the film, "The Princess Bride" (1987), whichever you choose to call them, one thing is for certain, they have been unchanged throughout the millennium. Over the centuries, layers of Namurian shale, siltstone and sandstone have formed the cliffs. The oldest of the rock formations are at the bottom. River channels cutting through the base of the cliffs date back 300 million years. The origin of the name derived from a ruined promontory fort, Mothar, which was demolished during Napoleon's reign in Europe. "Sense and Sensibility"(1995), is a film based on the 1811 novel by Jane Austen. "Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets" (2002), is based on a novel by J.K. Rowling. "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves" (1991), starred Kevin Costner as Robin and Alan Rickman as the Sheriff of Nottingham.
    Your options: [ Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves ] [ Sense and Sensibility ] [ The Princess Bride ] [ Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets ]
  From Quiz: Come Take a Tour of the Cliffs of Moher
13 Taking the bus in Dublin can be a real adventure. What do you have to bear in mind when doing so?
Answer: all of these

I don't know how many buses went past me on my first day here... Since there are so many buses, and many of them have parallel routes around the city center, the bus only stops to pick you up when you explicitly signal the driver to. DublinBus is also operating an Exact Fare policy - if you don't have your 1.35 or whatever, the driver won't give you change. You'll get a receipt and have to pick up your change at the service centre.
It is considered polite to thank the driver when you get off the bus, and most of the Irish (and tourists) do so.
    Your options: [ you have to pay the exact fare ] [ you should thank the driver when you get off ] [ you have to signal (i.e. wave) for the bus to stop, even if only one line is serving the stop you're waiting at ] [ all of these ]
  From Quiz: A Tourist In Dublin
14 What is the name of the river that flows through the centre of Dublin?
Answer: Liffey

The Liffey was originally a very wide and shallow river until its bank were narrowed and raised so ships could pass.
  From Quiz: Dublin, Ireland
15 How many counties are in the province of Ulster? (Including counties both North and South of the border - Ulster is not Northern Ireland, Northern Ireland is in Ulster)
Answer: 9

Everyone thinks that Ulster is only Northern Ireland, but the counties of Donegal, Cavan and Monaghan were left out when they were partitioning Ireland in the 1920's
  From Quiz: Failte go hEireann
16 How many counties are in the Republic of Ireland?
Answer: 26

The island of Ireland has a total of 32 counties of which 26 are in the Republic of Ireland..
  From Quiz: Geography of Ireland
17 Which ocean surrounds three sides of Ireland?
Answer: Atlantic

Ireland is surrounded on three sides by the Atlantic Ocean and on the eastern side by the Irish Sea. The Atlantic coasts are very obviously indented with bays, harbours and inlets, over which high cliffs dominate. The eastern coast is far less indented.
    Your options: [ Pacific ] [ Arctic ] [ Atlantic ] [ Indian ]
  From Quiz: Tireolas from Ireland
18 The song 'The Boys From Killybegs' is an Irish folk standard. In which Irish county is the fishing port of Killybegs?
Answer: Donegal

The village of Killybegs is situated on an inlet of Donegal Bay. As well as fishing, the village also has a hand-knotted carpet industry.
    Your options: [ Kerry ] [ Longford ] [ Donegal ] [ Mayo ]
  From Quiz: Clare To Here
19 Starting in Dublin, you want to see the famous Book of Kells. But where?
Answer: The library at Trinity College

Written in Latin by monks around 800 A.D., it's a beautifully scripted manuscript of the Four Gospels.
  From Quiz: A Trip To Ireland
20 Blarney Castle is the most visited tourist spot in Ireland. It is situated outside of which major city?
Answer: Cork

Legend has it that anyone who kisses the Blarney Stone will be blessed with the gift of gab!
    Your options: [ Dublin ] [ Derry ] [ Galway ] [ Cork ]
  From Quiz: Touring Ireland
21 What is the last place that the River Swilly runs through before meeting with the Atlantic Ocean?
Answer: Letterkenny

The River Swilly runs into Lough Swilly (like most rivers and loughs in Ireland) and flows north to meet the Atlantic ocean.
  From Quiz: Running Rivers of Ireland
22 Which Irish county means 'inlet by the sea-washed bank'?
Answer: Wexford

Wexford is located in the south eastern corner of Ireland, it measures 908 sq miles, and was given its Charter by King John in 1210. The name was derived by the Danish name 'Weissfjord' and is also known as 'Loch Garman'.
    Your options: [ Louth ] [ Cork ] [ Wexford ] [ Galway ]
  From Quiz: The Counties of Ireland
23 Which county in Ireland has the shortest coastline?
Answer: Leitrim.

The small strip of coastline of Leitrim faces Donegal Bay in the northwest of the country.
    Your options: [ Leitrim. ] [ Dublin ] [ Meath ] [ Louth ]
  From Quiz: Any town in Ireland could be home
24 Everyone has heard of kissing the famous Blarney Stone. In which county is Blarney Castle, home of the stone?
Answer: Cork

Kissing this stone is reputed to give loquacity or "the gift of the gab". The stone is at the top of one of the castle walls, to kiss it requires quite a head for heights.
    Your options: [ Kerry ] [ Wicklow ] [ Galway ] [ Cork ]
  From Quiz: The Emerald Isle
25 What is the national anthem of the Republic of Ireland?
Answer: "The Soldier's Song"

In 1926, the chorus of a poem by Peadar Kearney was set to music by Kearney and Patrick Heeney and was adopted as the national anthem. The Irish words "bearna baoil" remain in the official English translation, and mean "gap of danger". In Irish Gaelic, it is called "Amhran na Bhfiann".
  From Quiz: The Luck of the Irish
26 What are the colours on the Irish flag?
Answer: green, white, orange

The Irish flag is known as the 'Tricolour'.
  From Quiz: The Big Ireland Quiz!
27 In which Irish county are the famous race courses of The Curragh, Naas and Punchestown?
Answer: Kildare

Named after St. Brigid's monastery, this inland county has been associated with horse racing for centuries.
    Your options: [ Killarney ] [ Kildare ] [ Kilkenny ] [ Kilraghts ]
  From Quiz: The 'Kil'ling Fields Of Ireland
28 For how long did the Romans occupy Ireland?
Answer: The Romans never occupied Ireland

Although the Roman occupation of Britain lasted for about 400 years, they never occupied Ireland. The notion of the Romans invading Ireland has long been a source of discussion. Roman artefacts have been found in Ireland (possibly brought over from England) but there has never been evidence of Roman camps or settlement in Ireland.
  From Quiz: When Irish Eyes Are Smiling
29 Which Irish city is home to the historic Treaty Stone?
Answer: Limerick

The Treaty Stone, Limerick's most famous landmark, can be found next to King John's Castle. The stone is said to be the one on which the Treaty of Limerick was signed in 1691.
    Your options: [ Cork ] [ Limerick ] [ Galway ] [ Dublin ]
  From Quiz: Which Irish County Or Town?
30 Where is Millmount?
Answer: Louth

Millmount has always been a vital part of the towns defense system. Originally a military barracks it now comprises of a museum, a restaurant and a craft centre.
    Your options: [ Dublin ] [ Meath ] [ Cork ] [ Louth ]
  From Quiz: The Best of Irish
31 What is the capital of the Republic of Ireland?
Answer: Dublin

Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK.
  From Quiz: Top o the mornin' to you
32 Filled to bursting point: Which is the most populous county on the island of Ireland?
Answer: Dublin

The 2016 Census gave Co. Dublin a population of 1.345m.

About 553,000 of that population lived in Dublin City, the capital of the Republic of Ireland.
    Your options: [ Dublin ] [ Cork ] [ Antrim ] [ Galway ]
  From Quiz: An Irish Geography Primer: Paper Two
33 A UNESCO World Heritage Site, older than the pyramids, containing three passage tombs is located on the south side of the river Boyne. What is the name of this attraction?
Answer: Brú na Bóinne

Brú na Bóinne, means 'Palace of the Boyne' and is a complex of three passage tombs, Newgrange, Dowth and Knowth, built approx. 5000 years ago in the Neolithic age. At dawn on the Winter Solstice the sun shines into the largest of the tombs, Newgrange. There is an annual lottery for people to be present at the event.

Also a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Sceilg Mhichíl is a wind blown, steep sided rocky island off the SW coast of Ireland that is home to a monastic complex from about the seventh century. It was used for scenes for 'Star Wars Ep. VII'.

Carrowkeel complex, is in County Sligo and contains a number of cairns, examples of Neolithic art and an ancient village site.

Stonehenge is in England.
  From Quiz: Round Ireland Trip
34 The ancient Irish founded few cities; Cork is one of Ireland's oldest. The first settlement at what is now the city of Cork dates to what period?
Answer: 6th century AD

St. Finbarr is said to have founded a monastery at the site of Cork in the 6th century AD. When the Vikings invaded Ireland in the 10th century, they established a trading center where the modern city now stands. Eventually the Viking invaders intermarried with the native Irish and adopted Irish ways and the Irish language. St. Finbarr is still regarded as the patron saint of Cork.
  From Quiz: Cork
35 Drogheda displays a statue of which Olympic boxer?
Answer: Socks Byrne

Tony Byrne, or Socks Byrne, was born in 1930 in Drogheda, Ireland. Socks won a bronze medal for Ireland at the 1956 Summer Olympics in Melbourne, Australia. The town of Drogheda displayed a statue in his honor in 2006.
    Your options: [ Gloves Byrne ] [ Pants Byrne ] [ Boots Byrne ] [ Socks Byrne ]
  From Quiz: Ireland's Drogheda
36 In which county in Ulster, that may sound like it has bovine relations, does the River Shannon rise?
Answer: Cavan

The River Shannon rises in the Shannon Pot which can be found in the Cuilcagh Mountain in County Cavan. From here the River Shannon travels south and then west where it flows out into the Atlantic Ocean. As it does so it travels through or between 11 other counties in Ireland and flows through the provinces of Connacht in the west and Munster in the south. The river's journey ends when it enters the ocean at Limerick.
    Your options: [ Antrim ] [ Cavan ] [ Fermanagh ] [ Tyrone ]
  From Quiz: The Four Fine Provinces of Ireland
37 County Wicklow has some beautiful sights, such as Glendalough and Avoca. Can you tell me its nickname?
Answer: The Garden County

County Wicklow is in the province of Leinster. The Irish name for Wicklow is Chill Mhantáin. The county motto of Wicklow is "Meanma Saor", which means "Free Spirits". Wicklow is the 17th largest county in Ireland in terms of land size.
  From Quiz: County Nicknames of Ireland
38 The small village of Cong on the border of Counties Mayo and Galway achieved a moment of renown in 1952 when it was the location for which John Ford-directed film about a fictional Pittsburgh boxer?
Answer: 'The Quiet Man'

The film starring John Wayne, Maureen O'Hara and Victor McLaglen, was filmed on location mostly in the grounds of Ashford Castle in Cong, with the village itself used to create the fictional village of Innisfree where ex-boxer Sean Thornton (Wayne) returns to his family farm and marries Mary Kate Danaher (O'Hara). Other scenes were shot in a variety of locations throughout Counties Mayo and Galway. 'The Quiet Man' was nominated for seven Oscars, winning two (including Best Director) - but neither John Wayne or Maureen O'Hara received nominations.
    Your options: [ 'Fighting Tommy Riley' ] [ 'Against the Ropes' ] [ 'Kid Galahad' ] [ 'The Quiet Man' ]
  From Quiz: Landmarks of Ireland (1)
39 Name the landmark headquarter site for the Gaelic Athletic Association.
Answer: Croke Park

Situated on the north side of the city, Croke Park is the home of Ireland's native sports, Gaelic Football and Hurling. Croke Park has also been used as a venue for concerts and is frequently used as a conference venue.
    Your options: [ Landsdowne Road ] [ St. Enda's Park ] [ Pearse Park ] [ Croke Park ]
  From Quiz: Dublin's Fair City
40 What is the name of the Stone Age site on the North Mayo coast which contains one of the oldest field systems discovered in the world?
Answer: Céide Fields

The Céide Fields at Ballycastle, County Mayo, comprises a huge 24 square mile Neolithic site of arranged fields divided by stone walls, houses and tombs. They are preserved beneath bogland, dating back to 3500 BC. This is older than Ireland's most famous Stone Age burial mound at Newgrange and around 1,000 years older than Stonehenge. Céide Fields illustrates the history of a sizable farming community who cleared this site of forest to graze cattle and for fuel. The site was discovered only at the start of the 1980s.
    Your options: [ O' Stonehenge ] [ Newgrange ] [ Céide Fields ] [ Hill of Tara ]
  From Quiz: Ireland: The Emerald Isle
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