Think Ireland

About Ireland

The Vikings founded Dublin in 988. The Newgrange passage tomb in County Meath was constructed around 3200 BC, making it more than 600 years older than the Giza Pyramids in Egypt, and 1,000 years older than Stonehenge. The Cliffs of Moher are Europe’s highest cliffs and overlook the Atlantic Ocean.

There are over 34 million Americans and nearly half of the population of Australia with Irish ancestry. According to some historians, over 40% of all American presidents, including John F. Kennedy, Bill Clinton, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama, have Irish ancestry.

Irish actors have always held centre stage in Hollywood

Irish born: Pierce Brosnan, Michael FassbenderColin Farrell, Johnathan Rhys Myers, Cillian Murphy, Liam Neeson, Maureen O’Hara, Alison Doody and Saoirse Ronan.

Irish roots: George Clooney, Ben Affleck, Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, Mickey Rourke, Mel Gibson, Grace Kelly, Mischa Barton, Bill Murray and Anne Hathaway.

The world of literature
The list of renowned Irish writers goes on and on: James Joyce, Oscar Wilde, William Butler Yeats, Samuel Beckett, Seamus Heaney, George Bernard Shaw, Jonathan Swift and Bram Stoker, to name but a few.

Irish musicans
As well as our famous traditional Irish music and dance, Ireland is a world leader across all music types, with artists like U2, Sinead O’Connor, One Direction, The Cranberries, Westlife, Enya, Van Morrison, The Dubliners, Rory Gallagher, Bob Geldof, and Chris De Burgh.

Irish inventions

  • Whiskey (14th century)
  • Modern Chemistry (Robert Boyle, 1661)
  • Guinness (1759)
  • Hypodermic Needle and Syringe (Francis Rynd, 1844)
  • Kelvin Scale (William Thomson, 1848)
  • Seismology (Robert Mallet, 1851)
  • Stethescope (Arthur Leared, 1851)
  • Torpedo (Louis Brennan, 1874)
  • Steam Turbine (Charles Parsons, 1884)
  • Colour Photography (John Joly, 1894)
  • The Submarine (John Phillip Holland, 1897)
  • Rubber Soles (Humphrey O’Sullivan, 1899)
  • Radiotherapy (John Joly, 1910)
  • The Armoured Tank (1911)
  • Splitting the Atom – starting the nuclear age (Ernest Walton, 1930)
  • Nickel-zinc rechargeable battery (Dr. James Drumm, 1930)
  • Pulsar discovery (Jocelyn Bell Burnell, 1967)