7. Strolling Marriage
Until the 1920s, there was a strange, inexpensive way to become legally married in Teltown, County Meath. Couples simply had to walk towards one another on St. Bridget’s Day. To get a divorce, the same couple would have to walk away from one another in the same spot.
6. Guinness Cap Baby
A strange medical mystery emerged in 1974 when a baby was born with a Guinness bottle cap stuck to its scalp. Though it baffled the parents and doctors, it was determined that the mother must have somehow swallowed the cap which was miraculously adhered to the infant.
5. Saint Patrick’s Blue
Green is the colour most think of when considering Ireland, but Ireland’s patron saint, Saint Patrick, was originally associated with the colour blue. There is even a shade deemed ‘Saint Patrick’s blue’. Green was later associated with Ireland during the nationalism movement in the 1840s.
4. Become a Bestseller
Writers and musicians might want to consider moving to Ireland if they dream of becoming bestsellers. To become a bestselling musician, one only needs to sell 5,000 copies of an album. Similarly, writers only need to sell 3,000 copies of their book.
3. American Presidents
The amicability between Ireland and America might be at least partially due to the fact that about forty percent of America’s presidents have claimed to have Irish heritage. Given that James Hoban, an Irish-born American, designed the White House, this should be of little surprise.
2. Red Hair doesn’t originate in Ireland
Although red hair is often associated with being Irish, the gene marker carrying red hair can be traced back to the Norse and Vikings that visited Scotland and Ireland. Only about 10 percent of Ireland’s population has red hair while a majority of people have darker hair.
1. The Vikings founded Dublin
The Vikings founded Dublin in 988, calling half of the city ‘Dyflin’, which was from the Irish ‘Duiblinn’. This translates to ‘Black Pool’. The other half of the city was occupied by the Gaelic and was called ‘Áth Cliath’.