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Ireland Country Quiz

Can you guess these facts about the Republic of Ireland?
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Last updated: May 31, 2020
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First submittedMarch 17, 2010
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Average score66.7%
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Capital city
Dublin
Second-largest city
Cork
Saint who supposedly converted
the Irish to Christianity
St. Patrick
... and also rid the island of
these animals
Snakes
Nickname of Ireland
The Emerald Isle
Plant that symbolizes Ireland
Shamrock
Best-selling Irish rock band
U2
Longest river
Shannon
Irish language name for Ireland
Éire
Irish city / Type of poem
Limerick
Stone that tourists kiss
Blarney Stone
Question
Answer
Writer of "Ulysses"
James Joyce
Crop that failed: 1845–1852
Potatoes
Oldest college, founded in 1592
Trinity College
Wailing woman of Irish mythology
Banshee
Largest airline, famous for low prices
and terrible service
Ryanair
Musical instrument on the
coat of arms
Harp
Priest in ancient Celtic religion
Druid
City where famous crystal was made
Waterford
Best-selling Irish beer
Guinness
Best-selling Irish whiskey
Jameson
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Level 28
Jun 28, 2013
I suppose that "Baile Atha Cliath" could be accepted along with Dublin (it actually came to my mind as the first.)
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Level 25
Jan 20, 2014
I'm so sure it did...
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Level 38
Jun 11, 2014
If he/she is a native Irish speaker, it may have.
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Level 67
Oct 31, 2020
There are almost no native Irish speakers left. The language is kept alive almost entirely for historical and ancestral reasons.
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Level 56
Sep 25, 2021
Irish is spoken as a first language in Donegal (Dun na Gall) and Galway (Gallimh) so they may well have thought of Dublin as Baile Ath Cliath
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Level 41
Apr 6, 2022
Additionally, Irish is taught in all schools and it is required for any teacher to have studied the language (fluent is preferred). There are concerted efforts to revitalize this language. Jmellor13 has no idea what they’re talking about.
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Level 68
Nov 2, 2014
Likewise Padraig for Patrick
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Level 70
Mar 17, 2015
And bean sí for banshee.
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Level 31
Mar 20, 2015
I tried Padraig just to see if it would be accepted... But, alas. :(
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Level 71
Dec 2, 2015
Try the 'Irish Language quiz'
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Level 66
Aug 1, 2019
Isn't that bean sídhe? For banshee
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Level 40
Jun 2, 2021
but he was Welsh, so if anything it should be Padrig.
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Level 62
Jun 29, 2013
jameson is the best
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Level 39
Jul 3, 2013
I believe that the airline is styled as "Ryanair."
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Level 67
Jun 12, 2014
There are always some questions that you feel stoked to get right, even if you do really badly otherwise. 13/20, James Joyce and Blarney stone
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Level 45
Jan 19, 2015
what plant is called a shamrock? outta curiousity since I missed that one .. and am too tired to figure it out lol
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Level 71
Mar 5, 2015
Shamrock is a little three leaved plant like a miniature clover. It grows in damp sheltered areas. Used to be worn in the lapels on St. Patrick's day.
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Level 76
Mar 18, 2018
It's not for certain which plant is the true shamrock, but you can grab a piece of any clover and stick it in your lapel or hair on St. Patrick's Day and not be far wrong.
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Level 28
Mar 20, 2018
what do you mean the ''true shamrock'' ? The shamrock is like a four leaf clover but with three instead often found in ireland - i have lots in my garden! it was used by St. Patrick to represent the holy trinity.
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Level 65
Oct 31, 2020
"four leaf clover but with three instead" you might even say clover...
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Level 59
Oct 31, 2020
Not too tired to type the question but too tired to quickly type the word 'shamrock' into Wikipedia...?
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Level 68
Oct 31, 2020
Typing the question is one thing, reading the article is another thing entirely.
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Level 15
Feb 2, 2015
Should have the question "Who is the hottest man from here?" because I would have totally put Colin O'Donoghue
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Level 71
Mar 17, 2015
City where famous crystal was made -> Albuquerque.
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Level 84
Mar 17, 2015
I tried New York. I think that's where Billy Crystal was conceived.
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Level 77
Mar 18, 2015
Except that isn't in Ireland!
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Level 84
Mar 17, 2018
but Irish people love Billy Crystal
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Level 87
Jul 31, 2019
Was Walter White Irish?
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Level 88
Oct 31, 2020
Bryan Cranston does have Irish ancestry in him, so, technically yes.
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Level 84
Oct 31, 2020
Does not having a sense of humor make you Irish? I guess that does disqualify Mr. Crystal, then. Too bad.
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Level 75
Mar 24, 2021
Yeah, sure, go down that avenue - if the Irish are known for one thing it's their lack of a sense of humour. Pah.
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Level 67
Mar 18, 2022
We're not "pretending" to be Irish. I'm sick and tired of native Irish intentionally misunderstanding how Americans refer to our heritage. Almost every family in the US came from somewhere else, which is unusual. When we say "I'm Irish," we're not claiming equal Irishness to you. We're saying "My ancestors came here from Ireland." And everyone knows this is what we're saying, but Europeans absolutely refuse to pass on an opportunity to complain about American culture.
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Level 84
Mar 19, 2022
Homo: your perceptiveness, brilliant capacity to understand the point being made, and totally-not-pathetic-years-long-not-stalking-of-me-in-the-comments-section shines through once again.
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Level 44
Jul 10, 2015
I am Irish and only beat 37% what is wrong with me haha
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Level 48
Mar 18, 2018
You could be a West Brit
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Level 78
Sep 21, 2016
The whiskey we love so much is actually Jameson, not Jameson's. No biggie.
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Level 49
Feb 2, 2017
Fun little quiz. My mother is from Ireland, and so I like to test my knowledge before I head back.
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Level 84
Jun 2, 2020
I did the same thing with the "Mars" quiz before going to my mother-in-law's for dinner.
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Level 78
Nov 4, 2020
I vote this "Best Comment of the Year."
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Level 25
Jul 12, 2020
Ireland is the best
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Level 73
Feb 13, 2021
you are Irish? Rea is short from Andrea?
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Level 81
Mar 18, 2017
As noted above, spelling should be fixed: Jameson and Ryanair.
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Level ∞
Nov 24, 2017
Okay
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Level 39
Mar 17, 2018
Shamrocks are actually an official symbol of St. Patrick, not of Ireland.
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Level 43
Mar 21, 2018
I'm from the midlands of Ireland County laois to be exact and i'm sat here at 2am moderately drunk on a wednesday night drinking a can of guinness after playing poker in the local pub and winning a cool 200 quid and this quiz has brought a great smile to my face me and my mum took it i got 20/20 and mum 19/20 thanks to the quizzer who made this made my drunk little night. FYI i don't drink every night just coincidental
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Level 59
Mar 26, 2018
Spent my entire life year and I only got 17 but I'm kind of glad.
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Level 44
Apr 25, 2018
Tullamore Dew. T-ulla-more-Deeww ?? T-u-ll-a, oh forget it, I'll just put Jameson
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Level 66
Aug 1, 2019
Only ones I could think of were glenfiddich and glen talloch... but those were both whisky's not whiskey's (from scotland not ireland). I am not a whisk(e)y drinker so I was very proud I even knew those ! And spelled them right ! Haha. I have heard of jameson, but I was nowhere near remembering it.
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Level 54
Oct 22, 2022
My South Uist Papa was more Irish culturally than my Irish American maternal Grandparents. Although they blended racially and religiously which is the best.

Whistled like a Peruvian, taught me Gaelic, and all the names are pronounced as Spanish. Any other Highlanders and Islanders run into this?

Mary Kennedy is a Isle of Canna name.

Pure Gaelic speaker whose family fought against the US for Mexico.

The protestant Sullivans next door chanted 'Ruaridh get your dory, the herrings in the bay.' to be mean.

Everybody, and now my s.o., sent money home.

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Level 20
Jul 28, 2018
I got the Shannon but not U2..... wtf is wrong with me
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Level 49
Oct 21, 2018
quite possibly you never lost your job in Ireland...
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Level 66
Jan 27, 2019
Bean-sídhe, or Bean sí?
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Level 87
Jul 31, 2019
No example for a limerick?
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Level 75
Jul 27, 2020
The was a young lade from Bude /

Who went for a swim in a lake /

Then a man in a punt /

Stuck a pole in her ear /

And said 'you can't swim here, it's dangerous'

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Level 75
Jan 25, 2022
Whoops - couple of typos here. It should be:

"There was a young lady from Bude..."

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Level 72
Sep 16, 2020
"There was a young man from Peru

Whose Limericks stopped at line 2."

(I think that was by Tim Vine)

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Level 66
Aug 1, 2019
Love the color accents on this quiz quizmaster :)
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Level 76
Oct 31, 2020
Agree.
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Level 73
Aug 20, 2019
I love Irish crystal. Bowls, vases, figurines and assorted other objets d'art.
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Level 76
Oct 31, 2020
I love Belleek porcelain, too. My son brought me a nice piece years ago from his study-abroad semester in Ireland - I guess it's made in Northern Ireland, actually, but it's still Irish.
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Level 43
Dec 20, 2019
Aer Lingus. The cunning airline.
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Level 65
Jan 21, 2020
How truly sad that only 46% of the people that took this quiz got Jameson.
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Level 81
Jun 18, 2020
46% is a pretty large amount, and why is that sad?
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Level 77
May 31, 2020
Only a suggestion but perhaps you could add the 4 Historical Provinces to the quiz?
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Level 38
Jun 5, 2020
I'm an Irishman. Got 100% : )
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Level 57
Jul 7, 2020
Druids I thought was more prominent in Wales .,wasn't St Patrick Welsh too
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Level 91
Jul 29, 2020
The Welsh have St David
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Level 74
Aug 17, 2020
Druids were the "priests" of Celtic culture and were to be found all across central/western Europe. Have you never heard of Getafix??
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Level 67
Oct 31, 2020
Patrick's birthplace is not known, but the consensus is that he was born somewhere in Britain. He did his ministry in Ireland though, and that's where he was loved. Kind of like how Obama was born in Kenya, but he made his mark in the US.
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Level 68
Oct 31, 2020
its a shame irish speak the language of the conquerors
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Level 74
Feb 4, 2021
Everyone would have to learn English anyway, just like on the continent or in Asia or Latin America. It's the de facto business language. At least this way, it's native and has a very pleasant lilt to those not native to the island.
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Level 59
May 8, 2021
Languages have been displaced by the languages of incoming elites and conquerors everywhere and since forever, there's nothing unique about Ireland's experience (the people who brought the Celtic languages to our islands also displaced existing languages!).
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Level 58
Jan 25, 2022
English is the language of the conquerors in England too,
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Level 82
Oct 31, 2020
Don't understand why "Irish" doesn't work for the language question.
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Level 67
Oct 31, 2020
It's not asking for the name of the Irish language. It's asking for the name of Ireland in the Irish language.
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Level 68
Dec 17, 2020
i am an irish queen
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Level 73
Feb 13, 2021
national coloros, nice
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Level 21
Mar 8, 2021
Nothing about Connemara?
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Level 63
Mar 18, 2021
I made the german version

Just wondering - do they get featured in different languages?

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Level 59
May 8, 2021
Link doesn't work
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Level 39
Mar 25, 2021
i should have guessed Jameson..
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Level 34
Jul 1, 2021
"famous for .. terrible service": I got that one! ;-D That was hilarious! (And also true.)
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Level 76
Oct 6, 2021
Should accept Thin Lizzy for the rock band.
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Level 71
Jan 19, 2022
how many potatoes does it take to kill an irish person?

none...

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Level 29
Jan 30, 2022
Why do British people say they are bri´ish? Because they drank the T
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Level 29
Jan 30, 2022
And what about leprechauns?
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Level 36
Mar 19, 2022
Guinness isn't a beer it's a Stout
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Level 45
Mar 28, 2022
Nice quiz, I used to live in Ireland so most of these were easy, a few of them I had to think about a bit longer, but got them all finally!
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Level 62
Apr 5, 2022
Accept lyre for harp, please?
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Level 50
Apr 15, 2022
You could also put Tipperary crystal for Waterford crystal.