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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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Question
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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
105 Recent Comments
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Level 44
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 70
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 75
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 79
Oct 31, 2020
"four leaf clover but with three instead" you might even say clover...
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Level 46
Mar 17, 2024
Yes clover is the plant not shamrock.
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Level 58
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 46
Mar 20, 2024
Oh God, you sound like my father " look It up." I hated that condescending answer when HE COULD HAVE TAKEN THE Time to explain a word to his daughter Quality teaching time. He was So lazy. PROJECTION.

Why not just answer his/her question ? Why be demeaning?

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Level 46
Mar 20, 2024
It is just a clover that mutated into a four leafed one. They are rare like one blue eye and one brown. The clover has three lobes, a shamrock is a so called lucky clover because it is so rare it has four lobes. Big deal. I never searched for one -I knew the odds. but my dim friend wasted time doing that.
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Level 17
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 82
Mar 17, 2015
I tried New York. I think that's where Billy Crystal was conceived.
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Level 46
Mar 17, 2024
Yes, he was born on my Island and I am Irish.
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Level 81
Mar 18, 2015
Except that isn't in Ireland!
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Level 82
Mar 17, 2018
but Irish people love Billy Crystal
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Level 46
Mar 17, 2024
I'm of Irish descent and I think he's hilarious. I miss his Oscar dances. Little mensch. He's an honorary leprauchaun he looks just like one. Lol!
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Level 46
Mar 17, 2024
And many people born on Manhattan ARE IRISH.And Crystal is a Leprechaun. So funny and cute.
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Level 89
Jul 31, 2019
Was Walter White Irish?
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Level 46
Mar 20, 2024
Why would you ask that? It's from left field?
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Level 90
Oct 31, 2020
Bryan Cranston does have Irish ancestry in him, so, technically yes.
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Level 82
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 80
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 46
Mar 17, 2024
If all your ancestors came from Ireland you are just as Irish by blood as they are but as they told me at 18 " the best of them left.". In my opinion the most enterprising and dynamic got on that ship for Ellis Island. My grandfather was gorgeous and left at 17! He was Great!
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Level 43
Jul 10, 2015
I am Irish and only beat 37% what is wrong with me haha
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Level 50
Mar 18, 2018
You could be a West Brit
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Level 81
Sep 21, 2016
The whiskey we love so much is actually Jameson, not Jameson's. No biggie.
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Level 48
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 81
Nov 4, 2020
I vote this "Best Comment of the Year."
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Level 24
Jul 12, 2020
Ireland is the best
+1
Level 83
Feb 13, 2021
you are Irish? Rea is short from Andrea?
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Level 83
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 46
Mar 20, 2024
Actually both those questions could be nixed in favour of Yeats and THE ACTUAL TRADITIONAL Irish Airline like all the other Jetpunk official country airlines, KLM, Qantas, ALITALIA,ELAL, Lufthansa,Aer Lingus is THE OFFICIAL IRISH AIRLINE and less demeaning. But bigotry against the Irish is still alive and well. Instead of two alcohol questions and the non official airline, Yeats arguably the greatest poet ever and aer Lingus the actual official airline of Ireland are missing. But We have to name 32 Shakespeare plays for the history badge.
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Level 70
Mar 20, 2024
yea I tried aer lingus, and when it wasn't accepted I tried every possible spelling
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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 62
Mar 26, 2018
Spent my entire life year and I only got 17 but I'm kind of glad.
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Level 46
Mar 17, 2024
Would you have gotten Beleek and Yeats then you would feel better
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Level 46
Mar 20, 2024
Aer Lingus is the official airline like Qantas and Lufthansa.
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Level 51
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 70
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 65
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 21
Jul 28, 2018
I got the Shannon but not U2..... wtf is wrong with me
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Level 48
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 89
Jul 31, 2019
No example for a limerick?
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Level 80
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 80
Jan 25, 2022
Whoops - couple of typos here. It should be:

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

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Level 75
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 70
Aug 1, 2019
Love the color accents on this quiz quizmaster :)
+2
Level 75
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 75
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 46
Mar 17, 2024
It's gorgeous but not mentioned just like W.B. Yeats, it is like leaving out Shakespeare from an English quiz.
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Level 41
Dec 20, 2019
Aer Lingus. The cunning airline.
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Level 63
Jan 21, 2020
How truly sad that only 46% of the people that took this quiz got Jameson.
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Level 83
Jun 18, 2020
46% is a pretty large amount, and why is that sad?
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Level 46
Mar 17, 2024
If 46 percent missed Yeats the greatest poet ever then it would be depressing. Wondering why 2 alcohol related questions and no Yeats? So odd.
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Level 78
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 56
Jul 7, 2020
Druids I thought was more prominent in Wales .,wasn't St Patrick Welsh too
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Level 93
Jul 29, 2020
The Welsh have St David
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Level 76
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 46
Mar 17, 2024
I doubt it.
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Level 46
Mar 17, 2024
No, druids were most well known in Ireland.
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Level 68
Oct 31, 2020
its a shame irish speak the language of the conquerors
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Level 73
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 58
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 57
Jan 25, 2022
English is the language of the conquerors in England too,
+1
Level ∞
Dec 18, 2023
Yep. Gaelic is as well. The Celts invaded Ireland and killed or displaced the existing population starting around 500 BC.
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Level 46
Mar 17, 2024
Who are you claiming to be the "existing population?"
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Level 70
Mar 20, 2024
I could be wrong and most definitely incomplete, but first word coming to mind is the picts. Can't be bothered to look it up at the moment. But most likely will, later this week. I hate to have something lingering in my mind, now what exactly was it..
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Level 84
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.
+1
Level 71
Dec 17, 2020
i am an irish queen
+1
Level 83
Feb 13, 2021
national coloros, nice
+2
Level 21
Mar 8, 2021
Nothing about Connemara?
+1
Level 46
Mar 17, 2024
Or Yeats!
+1
Level 66
Mar 18, 2021
I made the german version

Just wondering - do they get featured in different languages?

+1
Level 58
May 8, 2021
Link doesn't work
+1
Level 38
Mar 25, 2021
i should have guessed Jameson..
+1
Level 33
Jul 1, 2021
"famous for .. terrible service": I got that one! ;-D That was hilarious! (And also true.)
+1
Level 46
Mar 17, 2024
Not as hilarious as easy Jet.
+1
Level 88
Oct 6, 2021
Should accept Thin Lizzy for the rock band.
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Level 76
Jan 19, 2022
how many potatoes does it take to kill an irish person?

none...

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Level 35
Jan 30, 2022
Why do British people say they are bri´ish? Because they drank the T
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Level 61
Oct 17, 2023
How many Guinesses does it take to kill an Englishman?

If you're Irish, then none.

+1
Level 46
Mar 17, 2024
That's not funny do you know how many people were killed in that actual genocide. Poor taste.
+2
Level 35
Jan 30, 2022
And what about leprechauns?
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Level 38
Mar 19, 2022
Guinness isn't a beer it's a Stout
+1
Level 47
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 64
Apr 5, 2022
Accept lyre for harp, please?
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Level 49
Apr 15, 2022
You could also put Tipperary crystal for Waterford crystal.
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Level 43
Nov 1, 2023
Tipp isn't a city.

However, Galway Crystal should be accepted.

+1
Level 61
Feb 11, 2023
21/21 but from Wales.
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Level 46
Oct 6, 2023
i fly with ryanair a lot and i've never had that bad of an experience :O except once but the plane was totally packed full of annoying passengers so it wasn't their fault
+2
Level 57
Mar 17, 2024
I really think Trinners should be accepted as a variant of Trinity
+1
Level 46
Mar 17, 2024
An Irish quiz without the greatest poet of all time W.B. Yeats?! I think to be fair Aer Lingus should be the question not Ryan Air. Every country has a hilariously pathetic airline like Ryan Air. Easy Jet from the UK is even worse; they transport or deport CRIMINALS on passenger flights.
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Level 83
Apr 28, 2024
I mean, not that Wikipedia is the most reliable of sources, but the 'criticism' section for Ryanair is almost as long as Easyjet's entire page
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Level 30
May 16, 2024
'crop that failed'

watch it....

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Level 51
Jun 3, 2024
ryanair clue made me laugh out loud