Posts Tagged ‘Ireland’

Fun Fact Friday, Number Fifteen!

March 17, 2017

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!  And Happy Friday!   In honor of the patron saint of Ireland, today’s fun fact(s) will center on all things Irish.  Did you know . . .

  • that the average height of Irish men is 5’8″?
  • that the average height of Irish women is 5’5″?
  • that 90% of Irish nationals are Catholic?  (Only 30% of which ever attended church.)
  • that the Irish have the lowest number of UFO sightings in all of Europe (per year)?
  • that 73% of all Americans cannot locate Ireland on a map?
  • that only 9% of the Irish population are natural redheads?
  • that May is generally the driest month of the year in Ireland?
  • that 57% of Irish people wear glasses or contact lenses?
  • that cats now outnumber dogs (2 to 1) as the most popular pet in Ireland?
  • that there is one pub for every one hundred persons in Dublin?
  • that a song can top the Irish music charts if it sells 5,000 copies?
  • that a book can top the Irish bestsellers list if it sells 3,000 copies?
  • that the River Shannon is the longest river in Ireland or Britain?

Source: http://www.irishcentral.com

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Necktie of the Month — March 2016!

March 2, 2016

Garcia-StPatrick Éirinn go brách, or, the English version: Erin go bragh! (Ireland forever!)  And while I’m not Irish in the least, it is only fitting that the necktie this month honor or pay tribute to St. Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland, whose feast  day is celebrated on the 17th of March (supposedly the anniversary of the date of his death).   But did you know that . . .

  • his first name wasn’t actually Patrick (Maewyn Succat)?
  • St. Patrick was not born in Ireland?  (born in Roman Britain)
  • he was captured by Irish pirates when he was a teen and forced into slavery in Ireland?
  • his color was not green (blue)?
  • the first parade took place in New York City (1762)?
  • 34.7 million Irish-Americans (more than seven times the population of Ireland)?
  • the Shamrock was used as a symbol for the Holy Trinity?
  • odds of finding a four-leaf clover: 1 in 10,000?
  • he did not banish any snakes from Ireland (there is no evidence that snakes ever inhabited Ireland)?
  • Guinness sales double on St. Patrick’s Day?

This particular necktie is yet another Jerry Garcia design and looks simply splendid on this solid white shirt.  It looks equally fine with my dark green shirt, my black shirt, and even my bright yellow shirt; quite a versatile necktie.

Wonder-ful Wednesday Number Eleven!

February 22, 2012

Or according to Google Translate . . . aon cheann déag de líon (“number eleven” in Irish).   This week takes us to Ireland to the spectacular Cliffs of Moher (in County Clare) which rise 710 feet above the sea (at their highest point) and stretch down the coast for five miles.  On a good day, if the weather cooperates, from atop these cliffs you will have one of the most amazing views of Ireland: you can see the Aran Islands in Galway Bay, the valleys and hills of Connemara, the lighthouse on Loop Head, and the mountains of Kerry to the south.    Erin go bragh!  (Ireland Forever!)

I still have not yet been to Ireland (I failed to make the trip on my last visit to the United Kingdom), but it is definitely on my travel bucket list . . . one of these days, I hope.

Necktie of the Month – April 2011!

April 6, 2011

This month’s necktie was a gift from a colleague of mine who was fortunate enough to have been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship and traveled to Ireland to complete her research.  How did she ever know that Guinness was my favorite stout beer?  (Hmm, I may have let it slip before she headed overseas.)  Regardless, twas a fabulous gift.  I had intended to do a “bonus necktie post” on St. Patrick’s Day to post this tie earlier, but you know what they say about the best laid plans . . . time and the day slipped past me and the next thing I knew, it was no longer St. Patrick’s Day!  A missed opportunity that is being corrected today!  And I’m going to even download the free Guinness Pub Finder app to my iPhone (way cool!).   And, since the size of the pattern is too small to really see it clearly from the full necktie photo, I’ve taken a close up photo of the repeating pattern (Guinness . . . by night) . . . hmm, I’m getting thirsty.  Everyday is a good day for a Guinness!