Facts about Ireland you’ll learn when you study there
Studying English and living in another country means not only learning a new language but also experiencing a new culture. Ireland is one of the most sought-after destinations when choosing somewhere to learn English. Not only are the quality of programmes strong but with the official language being English this allows for a fully immersive learning experience. Learning a few facts about Ireland before you go will reassure that you really have found the perfect location for your English programme. You’ll be surprised how much there is to learn about the Emerald Isle.
Did you know these facts about Ireland?
- Ireland is an island formed of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom and the Republic of Ireland is an independent country with the fantastic capital city of Dublin.
- Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is the fourth most visited European city. People come from all over the world to sample the Dublin lifestyle and meet its charming and charismatic locals.
- The Irish are among the largest beer drinkers in the world. The best-known Irish beer is Guinness and 10 million glasses are consumed worldwide every day. Pubs in Ireland are a popular part of social life and often stay open until 3 am.
- The potato is synonymous with Ireland and the first potato in Ireland was planted there by Sir Walter Raleigh in around 1588.
- The Irish are proud supporters of football, rugby and golf. Ireland is also known for its love of horse-racing and some of the best horses in the world are trained in Ireland.
- The Irish have a long history and are passionate about this. Traditional Irish music played in bars often tells the old stories of Ireland and is a feature of the popular part of Irish entertainment.
- Ireland’s most widely spoken language is English, but Irish (Gaelic) is also considered official with 1 in every 5 people being able to speak it in addition to English.
- Many Irish family names start with “Mac” or “O’…”, which means son of…and grandson of in Gaelic.
- Over 80 million people of Irish descent live outside Ireland, in countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Australia. About half of the population of Australia have Irish ancestry.
- Ireland has won the Eurovision Song seven times which is more than any other country.
- St Patrick is the patron saint of both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Northern Ireland. On 17th March every year, St Patrick’s Day is celebrated around the world.
Ireland is a wonderful place to choose for your English study programme. It has a rich culture and endless interesting places to visit. With their school in the stunning city of Cork, the award-winning Active Centre of English Training (ACET) language school is a fantastic choice when looking for somewhere to study English in Ireland. Do you want to learn more about Cork? Read also our article Why choose Cork City in Ireland for your English language course?
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