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It’s alright that you know that the Irish are the most beautiful Caucasians, featuring blue eyes, petite and lithe figures, blond hair and accented English. It is also alright that you know that they can hold their own in a bar brawl and their alcohol intake is legendary. Unfortunately for you, other people know this too, if you want to impress your buddies with something they do not know about Ireland, you need to read through this post.

5 things you didn't know about Ireland

It’s alright that you know that the Irish are the most beautiful Caucasians, featuring blue eyes, petite and lithe figures, blond hair and accented English. It is also alright that you know that they can hold their own in a bar brawl and their alcohol intake is legendary. Unfortunately for you, other people know this too, if you want to impress your buddies with something they do not know about Ireland, you need to read through this post.

The country is an island located off the Atlantic Ocean on the north western coast of continental Europe. Its nearest neighbor is Britain, which is located due east and separated from the country by the Irish Sea and the North Channel.

Below are a couple of things you did not know about Ireland.

1. The Official Language of Ireland is Irish (Gaelic) NOT English

As if that is not surprising enough the language have no words for 'yes' or 'no'. Rather, the Gaelic language uses verbs to answer queries. For example, if you are asked, “Are you going to watch the game tonight?” you will answer, "I am".

2. Highest quality of Life in the word

According to Economist Intelligence Unit, a part of The Economist, the residents of Ireland have the highest quality of life in the world. They are among the wealthiest people on earth, they have a stable, democratic government, they are socially protected from poverty, they have low divorce rate and the gender equality in the country is the highest in the world.

3. It's Illegal to be drunk in public

Yep, you read that right. Despite the country being one of the most beer drinking countries in the world, if you are caught by police drunk in public, you are on your own. You will be fined heavily for it. So, for those who think that the country is open for drunkenness, you better have another thought coming.

4. The Argentine Navy was founded by an Irish

Irishman William Brown is one of the Argentina's national heroes for having established their Navy. He was one of the people who fought during the Napoleonic wars but he was captured and taken to a German prison where he escaped and went to Uruguay. He eventually became a sea trader but when a war broke out between Argentina and Uruguay, he established the Argentine Army which defeated the Uruguayans. As a result, his Spanish name “Guillermo Brown” is used to refer to 1,200 streets, 500 statues, 2 towns, 1 city and several football clubs in Argentina.

5. Croke Park is the fourth largest park in Europe

After Camp Nou in Barcelona, Wembley in England, and Olimpiysky in the Ukraine; Croke Park, an 82,300-capacity stadium, is the fourth largest stadium in Europe. It is a place you would love to go and enjoy a game.

Before I am out of space, you would be interested to know that a 2006 survey found that the average Irish spends more money on alcohol than any other European. So, the old stereotype that Irish are binge drinkers still holds. I hope you get a chance to visit this great country...It will be one of your holiday-making highlight.

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