8 Things You Never Knew About Ireland

1. Two Countries

The island is split between two countries, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

2. Controlled by Britain

Prior to 1921, the entire island was part of and controlled by Britain.

3. Independence

In 1921, 26 counties in the south were given independence and became the Republic of Ireland.

4. Religion

Northern Ireland is approximately 55 percent Protestant and 44 percent Catholic. This division has led to decades of strife in all aspects of life.

5. Neutral

Ireland has remained neutral during the two World Wars despite the fact Great Britain played a key role in each.

6. First Female President

In 1990, Mary Robinson was elected the first female President of the Republic of Ireland.

7. Rag Trees

You will find “rag trees” in Ireland. As the name suggests, trees are covered with rags tied to their branches. The rags represent wishes for a variety of things.

8. Public Road Bowling

In some parts of the country, you can go bowling on Sundays. On the public roads! The idea is to roll a heavy ball from the starting point to a finishing point as much as a couple of miles away. The team that does it in the fewest number of throws wins.