You might not have heard some of these Interesting Facts about Ireland before.
The Titanic was built in Belfast
You might have heard the story of RMS Titanic, but did you know the ship was built in Belfast, Northern Ireland? This ‘unsinkable’ superstructure took over 2 years to build at Harland & Wolf – Belfast’s shipyard – from March 1909 until it’s launch in May 1911.
Saint Patrick’s Day
St Patrick’s Day was originally celebrated as a religious holiday. In 1903 it became a public holiday and the first St. Patrick’s Day parade was held in Dublin in 1931. The irish government began to use St. Patricks day to showcase Ireland and it’s cultural heritage during the 1990s. Saint Patricks Day has now turned into Saint Patrick’s Festival.
St Patrick’s Festival is now a four day event.
A well known Irish passage tomb, Newgrange dates to around 3200bc – 500 years older than the Giza pyramids of Egypt and 1000 years older than Stonehenge.
The tomb comes alive on the morning of the Winter Solstice (if the sun is out) as the rising sun’s rays shine down through the roof box and into the central chamber, filling it with daylight.