Are you seeing Irish folks over the holidays? Are they bragging about their Irish Blood, their heritage? Here’s a chance to put their knowledge to the test. In the second part, you’ll find all the answers. Happy Holidays!
Irish Culture Quiz
1. Where is Belleek pottery made, Northern Ireland or the Republic of Ireland?
2. What does Glendalough mean?
3. Who was “The Big Fellow” Irish history?
4. What are the 3 rustic islands off the coast of County Clare called?
5. Where are the Fields of Athenry?
6. Where was the movie The Quiet Man filmed?
7. Who starred in The Quiet Man?
8. What 4 Michigan counties are named after Irish counties? Hint one from each of Ireland 4 provinces.
9. What are Ireland’s 4 Provinces?
10. What happens at St. James’ Gate – Dublin?
11. What is the name of the hill/fortress that rises above the ‘Golden Vale’ in Tipperary?
12. Who is depicted in the Dublin statue affectionately known as ‘The Tart with the Cart’?
13. Who is buried ‘under bare Benbulben’s brow?
14. What languages are spoken in Ireland?
15. What is the name of the mountains south of Dublin?
16. What is the name of the BBC soap opera about life in a small Irish village?
17. Who is ‘The Long Fellow’ of Irish History?
18. Besides Guinness, name 3 other Irish beers.
19. What is the Gaelic sport is played with a stick and ball?
20. Name 5 Irish counties not already discussed.
21. What is the largest city in Northern Ireland?
22. What river flows through Dublin?
23. Name County Kerry’s 3 Peninsulas.
24. What is the longest river in the British Isles?
25. What is the largest and oldest college in Dublin?
26. What is the name of the Irish National Anthem?
27. Where were the high kings of Ireland crowned?
28. Name two things written by James Joyce.
29. What structure outside Cork City can bestow the gift of gab?
30. Where is Ireland’s famed leaden glassware made?
31. Name 5 large cities in the Irish Republic.
32. What was Black ’47?
33. What seaport was the last stop of the liner Titanic?
34. Where was the Titanic built?
35. Who was the first European to sail to America?
36. Who was Robert Emmet?
37. When was the Easter Rising?
38. Name one person who signed the Proclamation of the Irish Republic.
39. Of the people who signed the Proclamation, How many were executed?
40. When was the Irish Free State formed?
41. When was the Irish Republic established?
42. Where, according to legend, was St. Patrick standing when he drove the snakes out of Ireland?
43. Approximately, when did St. Patrick live?
44. How did the Irish save civilization?
45. How many counties are there in Ireland?
46. Name Dublin’s main north and south thoroughfare.
47. Translate: Cead Mile Failte.
48. Name at least one Irish born winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature.
49. What is Europe’s largest urban park?
50. What unit of money do they use in the Irish Republic?
1. County Fermanagh in Northern Ireland.
2. The Valley or Glen of the Two Lakes. It is the site of St. Kevin’s Monastery in the Wicklow Mountains.
3. Michael Collins.
4. The Aran Islands.
5. Outside the village or Athenry about 40 miles east of Galway City.
6. Village of Cong on the Mayo/Galway border.
7. John Wayne, Maureen O’Hara, Victor McLaughlin, Barry Fitzgerald, Ward Bond.
8. Clare, Roscommon, Wexford, and Antrim.
9. Ulster, Munster, Leinster, and Connacht.
10. Guinness is brewed there.
11. The Rock of Cashel.
12. Sweet Molly Malone.
13. William Butler Yeats.
14. The official language is Irish or Gaelic, but English is the most widely spoken.
15. The Wicklow Mountains.
16. Ballykissangel, Abhoca or Avoca, Co. Wicklow. The ‘bh’ sounds like a ‘v’.
17. Eamon De Valera.
18. Smithwick’s, Murphy’s, Kilkenny, Harp, Beamish.
20. Take your pick. Carlow, Caven, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Mayo, Meath, Monahan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow. Antrim, Armagh, Derry, Down, Fermanagh, Tyrone in the North.
22. The River Liffey.
23. The Iveragh, The Bere, and The Dingle.
24. The Shannon River.
25. Trinity College.
26. The Soldier’s Song.
27. The Hill of Tara.
28. Ulysses, Finnegan’s Wake, The Dubliners, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man.
29. Blarney Castle by kissing the Blarney Stone.
30. Waterford, Co. Waterford.
31. Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Galway, Sligo, Waterford, Wexford.
32. The deadliest year of the Great Famine, 1847.
33. Cobh or Queenstown as it was then known.
34. Harland and Wolff Shipyards in Belfast.
35. St. Brendan the Navigator, or Christopher Columbus or Leif Eriksson. Most Irish would say St. Brendan.
36. The leader of the Rebellion of 1803, executed by the English. The village of Emmett and Emmet County are named for him.
37. April 1916.
38. Thomas Clarke, Sean MacDermott, Thomas MacDonagh, Padraig Pearse, Eamonn Kent, James Connolly, Joseph Plunkett.
39. All of them.
42. Croagh Patrick, the holy mountain outside of Westport Co. Mayo.
43. The mid to late 400s.
44. The monks created copies of the classics of literature that were the only ones to survive the ‘Dark Ages’. Irish missionaries and scholars then reintroduced that knowledge to Europe.
45. 32 in total. 6 in the north and 26 in the Republic.
46. O’Connell Street.
47. A Hundred Thousand Welcomes.
48. William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney.
49. Dublin’s Phoenix Park.
50. The Euro. €