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Monday, March 17, 2014

Happy St. Patrick's Day

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11.      James Joyce once hid behind Ernest Hemmingway during a bar fight
22.      Bram Stoker, author of Dracula, is Irish and in fact never stepped foot in Transylvania. Dracula may have   actually been inspired by the Irish legend of Abhartach, hmmmm.
33.     St. Patrick was actually captured by Irish raiders and sold as a slave to a druid (Celtic priest) and spent the   next 6 years in slavery as a shepherd and became fluent in Irish
44.   St. Patrick was Roman, not Irish
55.   Ireland is the only country in the world that has a musical instrument (the harp) as its national symbol, NOT   the shamrock
66.   There are no postal or ZIP codes in Ireland outside of Dublin and Cork City (crazy, right?)
77.     James Joyce once described Guinness stout as “the wine of Ireland”
88.     The national color of Ireland is actually blue, green is the common thought national color, but if you look at     the symbols of both the state and the island, St. Patrick’s blue is still visible and still used.
99.     Irishman James Hoban designed the white house
110.  Halloween was derived from an Irish festival called Samhain, and people carved turnips not pumpkins
111.   The Guinness Brewery in St. James Street Dublin has a 9,000 year lease (nicely done)
112.   The Titanic was actually built in Belfast, Northern Ireland
113.   The longest place name in Ireland is in Muckanaghederdauhaulia in Cork
114.   There are nearly 8 times more Polish speakers in Ireland than Gaelic speakers
115.        Finally, one of the most popular radio shows, to this day, in rural Ireland is the daily broadcast of local           obituaries.