Did You Know??

Some English words plucked from Irish include galore, hooligan, hubbub, phony, slop and smithereens. Words that can  be traced phonetically from Irish include swell from souil, (luxurious), abracadabra from aithbhreigh cad aithhreith (the act of regenerating), and highfallutin’ from ui bhfolaiocht an’ (from Royal blood).

The phrase “the Emerald Isle” first appeared in print in the poem “Erin” written by radical patriot Dr.WIlliam Drennan in 1795.

The County Galway village of Muckanaghederdauhaulia – from Irish meaning a pig shaped hill between two seas – is Ireland’s longest place name.

One-third to one-half of the American troops during the Revolutionary War and and 9 of the 56 signers of the Declaration of Independence were Irish Americans.

The Island of Ireland is about the size of the state of Indiana.

Now you know!!!


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