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QUESTIONS


  1. Which famous Irish writer wrote ‘Youth is wasted on the young?’
  2. When is St Brigid’s Feast Day?
  3. O’ at the start of an Irish surname means…
  4. How many miles is the Wild Atlantic Way?
  5. What is the most common Irish surname?
  6. What does the ‘Green Man’ represent?
  7. What is the currency in Ireland?
  8. What does Sláinte mean?
  9. Which of these symbols was banned in Ireland for 200 years?
  10. Legend says the Blarney Stone gives you the gift of…
  11. What Animal does Ireland not have?
  12. What was responsible for the potato crop failure that caused the Great Irish Famine?
  13. Dublin’s Trinity College Library houses an extremely rare artifact. What is it?
  14. Was James Joyce awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature?
  15. What body of water separates the island of Ireland from the island of Great Britain?
  16. What is Ireland’s Eye?
  17. Are the bands, The Cranberries, Boyzone and Us all Irish Bands?
  18. What is Ireland’s most popular tourist attraction?
  19. What are the Selkies of Celtic Legend?
  20. Irish Mythology refers to the ‘Four Treasures of Ireland’ that comes from four specific Irish Cities. What are the Four Treasures?
  21. Elected in 1990, the first female President of Ireland said: “I was elected by the women of Ireland, who instead of rocking the cradle, rocked the system.” Who was she?
  22. Which inspirational speaker, who coined the phrase ‘a fair day’s work for a fair day’s pay’, led the Dublin workers to strike for more than seven months in order to gain better working conditions?
  23. Which popular Irish actor and comedian discovered the details of his grandfather’s murder during the Irish War of Independence when he was filming the BBC documentary Who Do You Think You Are?
  24. The people of Ireland were robbed of eleven days of their lives when the British finally decided to adopt the Gregorian Calendar instead of the less-accurate Julian Calendar. The date changed from 2nd September to the 14th September in a single night, and there is no record of anything happening in the eleven days in between. In what year did this date change take place?
  25. In 1916, a group of Irish nationalists seized control of the General Post Office in Dublin and declared Ireland an independent republic, free from British rule. What was the name of the man who read out the Proclamation of Independence?
  26. Father John Murphy was a Catholic priest and reluctant leader of the Irish rebels in which major conflict in history?
  27. During the 14th century, the British government worried that which group of people were becoming ‘more Irish than the Irish’, and passed a piece of legislation to curb the adoption of Irish tradition and culture?
  28. Great Irish folk songs such as Fields of Athenry and Skibbereen were written about which major event in the history of Ireland?
  29. Who is widely recognised as the last ‘High King of Ireland’ and is thought by some to be the man who finally ended the reign of power held by the Vikings?
  30. Michael Collins is one of the most famous characters from Irish history, and thought by some to be the greatest Irish man to have ever lived. He was killed during the Irish Civil War after his vehicle was ambushed by anti-treaty IRA members. Collins had been warned by his advisers that the journey was dangerous but insisted they go ahead saying: “They’ll never shoot me in my own county.” What was the county in which Collins was born, and then killed?
  31. What would you be doing if you were ‘codding’?
  32. If something is ‘grand’, then what is it?
  33. What does it mean to describe something as ‘cat’?
  34. Who would you be describing if you called someone a ‘culchie’?
  35. Who might someone describe as an ‘amadán’?
  36. What does ‘gas’ mean?
  37. A person described as ‘stocious’ would be what?
  38. If you have made a ‘hames’ of something, what have you done?
  39. What is a ‘yoke’?
  40. Who could be described as a ‘pup’?
  41. What is happening if someone is ‘suckin’ diesel’?
  42. What does the word ‘quare’ mean?
  43. What would someone or something be if they were described as ‘banjaxed’?
  44. What type of person might be described as a ‘bowsie’?
  45. Why would someone use the word ‘musha’?
  46. What would someone mean if, during a conversation, they said: “Go ‘way out o’ that”?
  47. What was your evening like if ‘the craic was 90’?
  48. What does the word ‘hape’ mean?
  49. What does it mean if someone says: “That’ll crown ya?”
  50. What does ‘ara’ mean?

ANSWERS


  1. George Bernard Shaw
  2. 1st February
  3. The grandson or descendant of
  4. 1553
  5. Murphy
  6. The lushness of flourishing vegetation and the coming of spring.
  7. Euro
  8. Good Health
  9. Harp
  10. The gab – the ability to speak with wit, charm and persuasion
  11. Snake (As the St. Patrick legend says, Ireland has no native snakes)
  12. A Fungus
  13. The Book of Kells
  14. No. Even though he was never awarded this prestigious prize, he is still celebrated as one of the most important Irish Authors
  15. Irish Sea
  16. A small Island
  17. Yes
  18. Cliffs of Moher
  19. Seals that transform to humans
  20. Stone, Spear, Cauldron and Sword
  21. Mary Robinson
  22. James Larkin
  23. Brendan O’Carroll
  24. 1752
  25. Pádraic Pearse
  26. 1798 Rebellion
  27. The Normans settlers
  28. Great Potato Famine
  29. Brian Boru
  30. Cork
  31. Joking
  32. Fine or OK
  33. Awful
  34. Country Person
  35. A fool
  36. Funny
  37. Very drunk
  38. Made a mess of it
  39. A thing
  40. A cheeky young person
  41. They are doing really well
  42. Very
  43. Broken
  44. A good for nothing person
  45. Ah well
  46. Surely not. I don’t believe you
  47. Brilliant
  48. Large Amount
  49. That will do you good
  50. Ah Well