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Ireland is an island in the north-west of Europe. It is split into two: the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom. The Republic covers approximately about five-sixths of the geography and Northern Ireland covers the remaining sixth. Dublin in the capital of the Republic, and Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland. There are also traditional divisions. There are four provinces: Connacht, Munster, Leinster and Ulster. These four provinces are further divided into counties. There are twenty six counties in the Republic and six in the North.
The Irish have contributed a lot to the modern world. Some of the most notable being: The Titanic (built in Belfast), quaternions, the discovery of DNA, Guinness, the literary works of James Joyce and Oscar Wilde.
The Irish are well known for their social storytelling with tales and legends, such as Fionn McCumhaill, Cúchulainn, Tír na nÓg, having been passed through the oral tradition. In one such modern piece of folklore, it is rumoured that Arthur Guinness was told by the devil to put alcohol in his drink, turning it black and in doing so, making it the best drink in the world.
ITV ArmA II Mistake
In 2011, British news channel ITV aired a video clip supposedly showing members of the IRA shooting down a helicopter, using weapons supplied by Muammar Gaddafi. However, the clip was later revealed to have been footage taken from the video game ArmA II. In a comment from Marek Spanel, chief executive of the game's developer Bohemia Interactive Studio, he stated that he was "not sure how they could make such [an] obvious mistake," later musing that "on a somewhat more positive note, we consider this as a bizarre appreciation of the level of realism incorporated into our games."
Irish Contributions to Video Games
- Physics and animation studio Havok was founded in Trinity College, Dublin.
- Several mythical Irish heroes appear in video games, most notably the Shin Megami Tensei series.
- The ending song to the original Metal Gear Solid, "The Best Is Yet to Come," is sung in Irish.
- As UK video games retailer "GAME" entered administration, they neglected to provide their Irish employees back pay and redundancy benefits, prompting a series of sit-ins at closed store locations.
- It is one of only a few countries in the world that has no snakes in the wild, after the mighty St. Patrick allegedly banished them from the island. However, post-glacial Ireland never had snakes. It is thought that the snake is a representation of druids, as they use serpent symbolism.
- Muckanaghederdauhaulia, meaning pig-marsh between two seas is the longest place name in the country.
- Some well known Irish proverbs include: May the wind at your back always be your own and A man is incomplete until he marries. Then he is finished.
- The country has produced some of the world's top playwrites such as Oscar Wilde, and actors such as Liam Neeson, Daniel Day Lewis and Colin Farrell despite having a population of only four million.
- They have also produced a number of world class sportsmen such as Liam Brady, Padraig Harrington, Brian O' Driscoll and DJ Carey.
- Many successful musical artists have begun their careers in Ireland, most notably U2, Enya, Westlife, Boyzone, The Wolfe Tones, Bob Geldof, John Lennon, Thin Lizzy, Damien Rice, Snow Patrol, The Corrs and Rodrigo y Gabriela as well as rising acts such as Hotstop, Stainless Steel and The Impressionists.
- The Irish have their own sports: Hurling (or iománaíocht / iomáint) and its female counterpart Camogie (or camógaíocht) which are said to be some of the fastest and most skilled sports in the world. The other sport is Gaelic football (or peil / peil Ghaelach) which has similarities to soccer and rugby.
- Many famous Comedians call Ireland their home: Dylan Moran, Dara O'Briain, Ed Byrne and brother Jason Byrne, Graham Norton, Ardal O'Hanlon (and the rest of the Father Ted cast), singer/comedian Conal Gallen, and many, many more.
- There is a famous saying that "God invented alcohol to stop the Irish taking over the world".
- A part in the new Harry Potter film is in the cliffs of Moher in county Clare.