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1000 Years of Irish History
  1000 Years of Irish History   great trivia quiz  
Photo Quiz
 10 Qns
This adopted quiz takes a look at one thousand years of Irish history (1000 AD - 2000 AD). Please click on maps and images for a closer look!
Average, 10 Qns, trident, Jun 05 23
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Jun 05 23
237 plays
  The Irish Fight for Independence   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz contains ten questions centred around the key figures in the struggle for increased Irish rights and independence in the period 1801-1921.
Average, 10 Qns, doublemm, Jan 20 11
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1999 plays
  History of Ireland   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz (mostly) covers Irish history from 1690 to the inception of the Irish Republic.
Average, 10 Qns, kevinatilusa, Jul 06 09
6055 plays
  Battlefield Ireland   best quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The island of Ireland has seen some bloody battles through the years. Fight your way through this quiz to test your knowledge of battles, sieges and rebellions.
Average, 10 Qns, darksplash, Jun 23 18
Jun 23 18
295 plays
  Potatoes - Who Needs 'Em?   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Irish in the 19th century, that's who! Let's consider some of the facts about the Irish Potato Famine.
Average, 10 Qns, looney_tunes, Dec 25 15
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618 plays
  An Gorta Mor , the Terrible Irish Famine   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 20 Qns
The famine years of 1845-1849, altered forever not only my country, Ireland, but impacted on all English speaking countries. How much do you know about these tragic years?
Average, 20 Qns, Fiachra, Sep 22 21
Sep 22 21
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  The Easter Uprising/Rebellion, 1916   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz is on the failed uprising in Dublin, Ireland, at Easter 1916. Some questions refer to Patrick Pearse, who is also known as Padraig Pearse and his Irish name, Padraig Anrai Mac Piarais.
Tough, 10 Qns, andy_1234, Jul 25 09
1850 plays
  Wild Irish Women   top quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz about women throughout Irish history, from prehistoric times right up to the twentieth century. Enjoy!
Difficult, 10 Qns, belleepoque, Jan 12 04
2325 plays
  A Walk around Derry's Walls   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ireland's fourth largest city has played a significant role in the divided history of Ireland between Catholic nationalism, the British government and Protestant unionism. Even the name of the city itself is contested.
Average, 10 Qns, dsimpy, Aug 26 10
468 plays
  The Best of Times, The Worst of Times   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ireland, like every country, has had defining moments in its history. Some of these moments have been good and some not so good. This is a quiz that will test your knowledge of Irish history.
Average, 10 Qns, dolano, Oct 28 19
Oct 28 19
809 plays
trivia question Quick Question
Who became the first president of Ireland on the 25th of June, 1938?

From Quiz "20th Century Ireland by Decade"

  Early History of the GAA (1884-1891)    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The early history of the GAA was one of the Case Studies on my Leaving Certificate course. Fortunately for me it came up on the exam and I did really well. So I decided to create a quiz on this topic. Hope you will find it interesting and don't forget to
Tough, 10 Qns, juliaakamumu, Jun 14 07
656 plays
  20the Century in Ireland - Match the Decade   popular trivia quiz  
Match Quiz
 10 Qns
Can you match the decade during which each of these events happened on the island of Ireland
Average, 10 Qns, Dizart, May 06 17
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269 plays
  Irish History Quiz Challenge   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This quiz consists of 10 tricky questions about the history of the Emerald Isle, ranging from the 17th Century to the 21st.
Average, 10 Qns, dcfc3cfc2, Mar 04 08
5217 plays
  1913 Dublin Strike and Lockout   great trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
I am doing my Leaving Certificate History exam in three days and while revising I decided to create a quiz on one of the Case Studies: 1913 Dublin Strike and Lockout. I hope you will enjoy it.
Tough, 10 Qns, juliaakamumu, Jun 10 07
738 plays
  Ireland: From Treaty to Civil War   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
The Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921 was at least partly responsible for the civil war which followed in 1922. Here we examine the events dating from the treaty in the build up to the civil war.
Tough, 10 Qns, yavemiel, May 01 12
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  No Love Lost: Prelude To the Irish Civil War    
Multiple Choice
 15 Qns
This is a quiz about events leading up to the Irish Civil War, which lasted from 1922 to 1923. A sad and troubled time in the nation's history. If you do not know Irish history, this quiz will be very difficult; if you are Irish, it should be a snap.
Tough, 15 Qns, daver852, Oct 23 13
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349 plays
  20th Century Ireland by Decade   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
There are ten questions in this quiz, one for each decade of Irish 20th century history. Enjoy, my friends.
Average, 10 Qns, papasmurf13, Mar 21 09
1597 plays
  Ireland and Independence 1914 -1921   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz on the personalities who shaped the whole island of Ireland during those turbulent years.
Average, 10 Qns, Fiachra, Dec 08 03
2700 plays
  Heroes of the Irish Struggle for Independence   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz about some of the men and women who played pivotal roles in the Irish struggle for independence. It covers the period from the late 19th century to 1923. It will probably be difficult if you don't have some knowledge of Irish history!
Average, 10 Qns, daver852, Jun 13 16
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266 plays
  10 Questions on Irish History   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
This is a quiz about various events and people in Irish history.
Difficult, 10 Qns, trendy88, Jun 26 08
1524 plays
  Irish History: Who Am I?   popular trivia quiz  
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
A quiz about famous Irish figures in history. I will give you three facts about each figure and you must then decide about whom I am speaking. Enjoy.
Tough, 10 Qns, trendy88, Mar 07 16
1288 plays
  Questions on Irish History    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Just a short few questions on Irish history.
Difficult, 10 Qns, lowery, Jun 27 17
4188 plays
  Ya say you want a revolution ...    
Multiple Choice
 10 Qns
Ireland and revolution have a long history together here are a few questions about their leaders.
Average, 10 Qns, fenian1213, Mar 16 13
428 plays
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Irish History Trivia Questions

1. One of the best-known battles in Ireland took place in 1690 and was to shape the destiny of several European nations. On which river did it take place?

From Quiz
Battlefield Ireland

Answer: Boyne

The Battle of the Boyne was fought on July 1st, 1690, but due to the later adoption of the Gregorian calendar in place of the Julian calendar, it is now marked on July 12th. The fighting was between the armies of King William III (aka William Prince of Orange) and King James II. James had been king of Britain and Ireland. However, he was a convert to Catholicism in the predominantly Protestant Great Britain. William was the Protestant head of the Dutch royal house of Orange, and was married to James's daughter, Mary. In 1688, Parliament invited William and Mary to take the throne and they landed with an army in Devon. James fled to France. This is the point where pan-European politics came into play. King Louis XIV of France was at the time determined to make himself overlord of Europe A 'Grand Alliance' of other powers opposed this, and William of Orange was among them. Pope Alexander VIII supported the alliance. Supported by the French king, James II landed in Ireland with an army, intent on winning back his throne and promoting the Catholic faith. In this campaign, there were a number of battles throughout Ireland, but the most significant was on the banks of the Boyne. The kings led their armies. William had 36,000 men, comprising English, Scottish, Dutch, Danes and Huguenots (French Protestants). James had 25,000, made up of Irish Catholics, reinforced by 6,500 French troops. About 1,500 men died during the battle. William was victorious. After a portion of James's army was drawn off in a movement toward the town of Drogheda, the remaining 6,000 Jacobite troops were unable to withstand the onslaught of 26,000 led by William as they crossed the Boyne. William's victory made him leader of the Grand Alliance and in 1697 Louis XIV relinquished much of the territory he had won by conquest. (Apologies for the length of the II, but the Battle of the Boyne is often simplistically portrayed - especially in Ireland - when it was part of a more complicated political stratagem.)

2. The main event that led to the Irish Civil War of 1922-23 was the passage of the Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921. Who was primarily responsible for negotiating this treaty for the Irish side?

From Quiz No Love Lost: Prelude To the Irish Civil War

Answer: Michael Collins and Arthur Griffith

All of these men were part of the Irish delegation (with Childers acting in a secretarial capacity only), but most of the negotiating was done by Collins and Griffith. Childers was vehemently opposed to the treaty. Barton later opposed the treaty, although he signed it and recommended it to the Dáil Éireann, the governing body of the Irish Republic.

3. Who was the leader of the Revolution of 1798?

From Quiz Ya say you want a revolution ...

Answer: Theobald Wolfe Tone

Wolfe Tone is one of many Protestant Irish rebel leaders.

4. The patron saint of Ireland is Saint Patrick. It was Saint Patrick who led the Irish people to Christianity. In what year did Saint Patrick arrive in Ireland to begin the conversion of Irish kings to Christianity?

From Quiz The Best of Times, The Worst of Times

Answer: 433 AD

It is widely accepted that Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland. However, Patrick was not a native of Ireland. In fact, Patrick was born in Scotland in 387 AD. His parents were of Roman descent and were stationed with one of the Roman colonies based in Scotland. Patrick's first visit to Ireland was not one that he had much choice in. At the age of fourteen he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland and sold as a slave to tend sheep. At the age of twenty Patrick escaped Ireland and returned to Scotland, but by this time he had found God. He studied to become a priest under Saint Germanus, who was the Bishop of Auxerre. Soon after his ordination he was made a Bishop himself and was asked to return to Ireland to help convert its people to Christianity. From the time he arrived back in Ireland in 433 AD tll his death in 461 AD, he dedicated himself to spreading Christianity across the island of Ireland. When he died, he was buried in Downpatrick, County Down, on the site of the first church that he had helped build in Ireland. (Question by Dolano)

5. The Irish language name for Derry city is Doire. What does this mean in English?

From Quiz A Walk around Derry's Walls

Answer: Oak grove

Another Irish version of the city's name is Doire Cholmcille (the oak grove of Colmcille), reflecting the city's origins as a monastic settlement established by St. Colmcille in the 6th century. In the English language it's known to Nationalists as Derry but to many Unionists as Londonderry, to the 'politically correct' it's called 'Derry/Londonderry', and 'Stroke City' to the humorously ironic. The city is also known as the 'Maiden City' to its Unionist population, commemorating the fact that despite several sieges throughout its history its defences were never breached. For a small city (population 83,652 in the 2001 census) it certainly has a lot of names!

6. John Redmond became the leader of which reunited political party in 1900?

From Quiz 20th Century Ireland by Decade

Answer: Home Rule Party

A split had occurred in the Home Rule Party in the late nineteenth century as a result of Charles Stewart Parnell's affair with Kitty O'Shea. Redmond had supported Parnell but anti-Parnellites disagreed and so the party split. Parnell died in 1891, and slowly but surely, Redmond set about reuniting the party, which finally happened in 1900.

7. Which Irish Republican leader led the famous 1798 rebellion against British rule and is regarded by many as being the father of Irish Republicanism?

From Quiz Irish History

Answer: Theobald Wolfe Tone

Theobald Wolfe Tone was a leading figure in the Irish Republican Movement and is regarded by many as the father of Irish Republicanism.

8. When the treaty delegation returned to Ireland, the cabinet voted on whether or not to put the treaty to the Dáil. Can you name the three cabinet members who voted against this motion?

From Quiz Ireland: From Treaty to Civil War

Answer: Eamon de Valera, Austin Stack, Cathal Brugha

The motion was passed by four votes to three. The four cabinet ministers who voted for the motion were W.T. Cosgrave, Arthur Griffith, Michael Collins and Robert Barton. Stack and Brugha were die-hard republicans who rejected the treaty on principle and de Valera was also opposed to the references to the British monarch. Furthermore, he was annoyed with Collins and Griffith for not referring back to him in Dublin before signing the Treaty. This exacerbated the personal enmity between de Valera and Collins, and their rivalry was to prove detrimental to Irish peace in the coming months.

9. When was the GAA (Gaelic Athletic Association) established?

From Quiz Early History of the GAA (1884-1891)

Answer: 1 November 1884

The GAA was set up on 1 November 1884. About 13 people were present at the meeting where Maurice Davin was chosen as the President of the new organisation. The man who was involved in the establishment of the GAA more than anyone else was Michael Cusack. On 11 October 1884 he wrote an anonymous article in the United Ireland newspaper called "A Word About Irish Athletics". In it he urged Irish people to reject English sports and to "take the management of their games into their own hands". The article was soon followed by the Maurice Davin's letter where he supported Cusack and agreed to help with the running of the new organisation. Maurice Davin at the time was the most famous Irish athlete.

10. During the 1913 strike and lockout, James Larkin was a leader of the trade union known as ITGWU. What do the letters ITGWU stand for?

From Quiz 1913 Dublin Strike and Lockout

Answer: Irish Transport and General Workers' Union

The Irish Transport and General Workers' Union was set up by James Larkin on 4 January 1909 after he was expelled from the National Union of Dock Labourers in Belfast. By 1912 the ITGWU had 18,000 members and it continued to grow. Many of its members were influenced by syndicalism and used the tactic of the "sympathetic strike" to put pressure on the employers. Very often employers gave in to the demands of the Trade Union to increase wages and improve working conditions. However in 1913 when the Dublin Tramway Company workers went on strike, William Martin Murphy (a very influential businessman who owned the Tramway Company as well as several newspapers, hotels and department stores) persuaded other employers to respond to the strike by locking out the workers involved in it. This marked the beginning of the 1913 Dublin Strike and Lockout.

11. In April 1914, the UVF (Ulster Volunteer Force) smuggled in guns and ammunition from Germany. Where and when were the guns smuggled in to?

From Quiz The Easter Uprising/Rebellion, 1916

Answer: Larne, during the night

The guns were smuggled into Larne, County Antrim on the night of 24th April 1914. These weapons were brought over from Hamburg, and the delivery consisted of 35,000 guns and five million rounds of ammunition. This process was known as "gun running".

12. Who led the Home Rule Party on the outbreak of WW1?

From Quiz Ireland and Independence 1914 -1921

Answer: John Redmond

John Redmond had succeeded in getting a Home Rule Bill passed in the House of Commons. As a direct result of the end of the Lords Veto it would have become law after two years. However, he agreed to postpone Home Rule until after the War. Ironically, Ireland would not be satisfied with such limited self government when the war was finally over.

13. What was the approximate population of Ireland according to the 1841 census?

From Quiz An Gorta Mor , the Terrible Irish Famine

Answer: 8.2 million

The population was probably larger as people were slow to get involved with officials taking census returns. At 8 million, it is still double the 2001 population of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland combined.

14. Many historians date modern Irish History to what battle in 1690, whose date is still commemorated by Protestants on July 12 every year?

From Quiz History of Ireland

Answer: Battle of the Boyne

William III, a Dutch-speaking protestant, defeated ex-King James II (who had been deposed in the 1688 'Glorious Revolution'). The battle was actually fought on July 1, but is commemorated on the 12th due to the change from the Julian to the Gregorian calendar in 1751.

15. An uprising in 1916 is named after which religious festival?

From Quiz Irish History

Answer: Easter

16. The Easter rising of 1916 began on what day?

From Quiz Irish History

Answer: Easter Monday

It was deferred by MacNeil from Sunday.

17. The Irish had been fighting among themselves for hundreds of years before forces from nations in Europe turned their attention to the Emerald isles. From the ninth century on, which group of people posed a threat to the native Irish peoples?

From Quiz Battlefield Ireland

Answer: Vikings

Between the 9th and 12th centuries, Vikings regularly took part in raids on Ireland. They also often allied themselves with local tribes in the seemingly interminable conflicts over the kingship of Ireland. The Vikings founded the cities of Dublin, Limerick, Cork, Wexford and Waterford. Gradually, the Vikings settled among the local populace, often intermarrying. They were content to settle mainly along the coast in places they had won in battle. The coming of the Normans in the 12th Century was to end the direct Viking influence. Much earlier the Greeks and the Romans knew about Ireland. While the Romans conquered Britain, there is little evidence that they invaded Ireland. That being said, evidence has been found of Roman settlements, or at last trading posts, in Ireland.

18. On April 24, 1916, an armed insurrection broke out in Dublin, and became known to history as the Easter Rebellion. Who was the leader of the Irish rebels?

From Quiz Heroes of the Irish Struggle for Independence

Answer: Patrick Pearse

Patrick Pearse (1879-1916) was the son of a Protestant English father and an Irish Catholic mother. He had a deep love for the Irish language, and started a school called St. Enda's near Dublin where classes were taught in both English and Gaelic. Pearse joined a military organization called the Irish Volunteers, and also the secret society called the Irish Republican Brotherhood. On April 24, 1916, about 1,200 members of the Irish Volunteers, along with 200 members of the Irish Citizen Army under the leadership of James Connolly, occupied a number of strategic positions in the city of Dublin. Pearse and his followers seized the General Post Office in Dublin and made it their headquarters. Pearse read a proclamation called the "Poblacht na hÉireann" on the steps of the Post Office, declaring Irish independence. The British responded quickly, using all the military forces at their disposal to crush the rebellion. Six days of fierce fighting followed, during which much of central Dublin was destroyed. Following the surrender of the Irish forces on April 29, most of the Irish leaders were summarily executed by the British, including Pearse and his brother, Willie.

19. There was much opposition to the Anglo-Irish Treaty in Ireland. What was one provision of the treaty that still causes problems today?

From Quiz No Love Lost: Prelude To the Irish Civil War

Answer: It allowed most of Ulster to remain part of the United Kingdom

All of these were provisions of the treaty; most were eventually nullified, but the division of Ireland has remained a problem to this day. Six of the nine counties of Ulster were allowed to remain part of the United Kingdom, and today are known as Northern Ireland. Instead of a republic, the treaty provided for an "Irish Free State" with dominion status within the British Commonwealth, and limited self-government.

20. In what year did the Easter Rising occur in Ireland?

From Quiz 20th Century Ireland by Decade

Answer: 1916

In Easter 1916, seven men signed the Proclamation of Independence. It was read out at the General Post Office in Dublin and the rising ensued. The seven men were Padraig Pierce, James Connolly, Tom Clarke, Joseph Plunkett, Sean McDermott, Eamonn Ceantt and Thomas McDonagh. All seven were shot dead after the rising.

21. Which Irish political party was founded by Arthur Griffith in 1905?

From Quiz Irish History

Answer: Sinn Féin

Sinn Féin is a political party in Ireland. It was founded by Arthur Griffith in 1905, it is the principal party of Irish republicanism and its political ideology is left-wing. The name Sinn Fein translates literally as 'we ourselves', which represents Griffiths ideology that Ireland as a nation should be self-sufficient and not reliant on any other nation for food, etc.

22. The treaty was put to the Dáil and was officially ratified by a narrow margin. What was that margin?

From Quiz Ireland: From Treaty to Civil War

Answer: 7 votes

The treaty was passed by 64 votes to 57, after prolonged and bitter debates in the Dáil, which did nothing to lessen the ill-feeling between the two sides. After the results of the vote were made public, de Valera and the anti-Treaty T.D.s rejected the result and left the Dáil in protest. This move was a major step on the road to civil war, especially given the inflammatory speeches de Valera made after his withdrawal, in which he stated that "the majority has no right to do wrong" and that to get an Irish republic, it might be necessary to "wade through rivers of Irish blood". A direct allusion to civil war? Possibly, though we will never know for certain if de Valera meant it as such.

23. Where was the GAA set up?

From Quiz Early History of the GAA (1884-1891)

Answer: Thurles

The GAA was set up in the Hayes' Commercial Hotel in Thurles, County Tipperary. The notice about the meeting in Thurles was posted by Michael Cusack and Maurice Davin in the United Ireland as well as the Freeman's Journal and the Irish Sportsman.

24. What was the name of the organisation formed by William Martin Murphy and other employers in order to resist the ITGWU?

From Quiz 1913 Dublin Strike and Lockout

Answer: Dublin Employers' Federation

In 1911 after a series of successful strikes led by Larkin, employers seemed powerless. William Martin Murphy proposed to set up the Employers' Federation which would resist the ITGWU. When the strike began in 1913 the employers drew up the declaration which had to be signed by every employee. By signing it the worker agreed to leave the ITGWU and never join the Union again. If the employee refused to do so he/she was locked out. Murphy was also willing to starve the locked out workers so that they would have no choice but to return to work.

25. When the Great War broke out, Sir Edward Carson saw it as an opportunity to do what?

From Quiz The Easter Uprising/Rebellion, 1916

Answer: Show the Unionists' support for Britain by fighting for them

Sir Edward Carson was the Unionist leader. The Unionists wanted to stay united with Britain in particular, so to prove their loyalty Carson persuaded the authorities to absorb the Ulster Volunteers (a Unionist group) into the British Army as a distinct unit - the 36th (Ulster) Division. Carson hoped that by showing their loyalty, Ulster would be entitled to special treatment after the war.

26. Who led the Ulster Unionists at the outbreak of WW1?

From Quiz Ireland and Independence 1914 -1921

Answer: edward Carson

Edward Carson was a Unionist who was opposed to Home Rule, which he felt would be 'disastrous for the whole of Ireland'. In the event of Home rule being imposed from Westminister, he demanded that Ulster should be excluded. One of Redmond's biggest misjudgements was his underestimation of Unionist opposition to Home Rule.

27. Which area was the most densely populated?

From Quiz An Gorta Mor , the Terrible Irish Famine

Answer: West

The Atlantic seaboard, comprising parts of modern Munster, Ulster and all of Connacht were the most densely populated. The vast majority depended for their living on the land. They did not possess marketable skills, and most spoke only Gaelic.

28. What Irish general led a failed rebellion in 1798, 7 years after founding the Society of United Irishmen?

From Quiz History of Ireland

Answer: Theobalde Wolfe Tone

Wolfe Tone actually managed to get the French to muster an invasion force to support his cause, but they were forced to turn back due to stormy weather.

29. Which two cities became the capitals of Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland respectively after partition?

From Quiz Irish History

Answer: Belfast and Dublin

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