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So you think you know about your Irish heritage. Take this quiz and see how much you do know..
1. What common weed is referred to as “the Irish daisy?
2. What is the most common surname in the Irish Republic?
3. What city is called “Ireland’s Canterbury?
4. What is the most common surname in Northern Ireland?
5. “The Creature” and “The Jar” are other terms for what substance?
6. What are the seven distinctly Irish breeds of dog?
7. Who founded Fianna Fa`il?
8. What is a pampootie?
9. Where is the annual matchmaking festival held in Ireland?
10. Where is the home of the famous Claddagh ring?
11. What is Ireland’s greatest energy source?
12. What river runs through Derry City?
13. What modern celebration had its origins in the Druid Festival of Samhain?
14. Who was the copper king of Montana?
15. In what part of Dublin is St. Patrick’s Cathedral located?
16. Who was Edmund Ignatius Rice?
17. What are the areas in Ireland where “Irish” is spoken as the first language?
18. Who is the Glendalough Saint?
19. How many men are there on a Gaelic football team?
20. What percentage of Australians are of Irish extraction?
21. There was an Irish managers’ battle in the first major league All Star Game played in 1933. Who were the Irish managers?
22. Who were the two Irish American baseball players referred to as “the grand old men of baseball” that helped organize the American League?
23. What is road bowling?
24. What is peat primarily used for?
25. “Black Pool” is another name for which Irish City?
26. Who are the “Straw Boys”?
27. What is a pu`co?
28. Who stole the Blarney Stone slab from the 1951 San Francisco exhibit?
29. Approximately how many Americans are of Irish
31. Where are Ireland’s world famous show ponies raised?
Answers to the Irish Trivia quiz…
1. The dandelion
3. Armagh, with a Catholic and Protestant Cathedral
6. Irish Wolfhound, Irish Setter, Irish Water Spaniel, Irish Terrier, Kerry Blue Terrier, the Soft-Coated Wheaten Terrier, the Glen Imaal Terrier
7. Damon de Valera in 1926
8. A raw-hide, heel-less shoe worn on the Aran Islands, suitable for climbing over rocks and in and out of curraghs
9. Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare
10. Claddagh, Co. Galway
12. The Foyle River
14. Marcus Daly
15. The Liberties
16. Founder of the Christian Brothers, born in Co. Kilkenny 1762
17. The Gaeltacht
18. St. Kevin
21. Connie Mack for the American League; Mugsy McGraw for the National League
22. Charles Comisky and Cornelius McGillicuddy (Connie Mack)
23. A sport played on the streets of Armagh and Cork. It is played with a cast iron ball, a “bullett.” The object is to get the ball over the finish line with least number of tosses.
24. Fuel to generate electricity
26. Irish ‘’mummers” who attended special events where the “wee folks” are likely to put in an appearance
27. A fairy that often appears in the form of a black horse
28. No one knows, not even the publicists for the exhibit, Con Lynch and Jim Commins
29. 40.7 million