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An Ireland Facts & Fancy Trivia Quiz

Updated on March 22, 2012

With St. Patrick's Day coming this weekend I thought this would be the perfect time for a trivia quiz about Ireland. To participate just get out paper and pen or pencil. Next, number the paper from 1.-21. Then scroll down this Hub page until you reach the Questions area. Read the first question, make your answer from among the four possibilities provided and mark this number on your paper. Proceed in this way through all the questions and then you will come to the Answers section. Here you can check your answers and tally up your score.

Good luck and have fun :)


1. The ancient Romans called Ireland by what Latin name?

a. Hibernia

b. Hebidres

c. Hyctha

d. Muchimo Pubdrinkus

2.. Saint Patrick is the Christian patron saint of Ireland. Where was Patrick born?

a. Gaul

b. Britain

c. Italy

d. Ireland

3. According to legend Saint Patrick drove what creatures out of Ireland?

a. snakes

b. spiders

c. banshees

d. skinny French runway models

4. Saint Patrick is known for writing what manuscript?

a. Confession, a biography of his life and spirituality

b. Humility, an allegory about redemption

c. The Shepard, a parable about faith

d. Frustration, a tale about overly tight stockings

5. The shamrock has been used over the centuries as a specific remedy for what?

a. dehydration

b. snake bites and scorpion stings

c. urinary and kidney stones

d. girl cooties

6. According to Irish Christians the shamrock represents what?

a. the holy trinity

b. the three magi

c. the three sisters of Christ

d. the three coins it takes to bribe a bar keep not to tell your wife

7. Ireland’s King Brian Boru is remembered best for what deed?

a. Repelling the English

b. Repelling the Danes

c. Repelling the Moors

d. Losing his kilt while repelling off his castle wall

8. According to legend, leprechauns all engage in what trade?

a. tailor

b. shoe maker

c. blacksmith

d. mattress tester

9. The famous Irish seer, Saint Malachy, who was born in 1094, is known for his prophecies concerning what?

a. The last ten popes of the Catholic Church

b. Henry VIII’s break with the Catholic Church

c. The assassination of John F. Kennedy

d. Al Gore’s appearance on My Strange Addiction

10. To kiss the legendary –and very real- Blarney Stone at Blarney Castle near Cork, Ireland, is reputed to bestow the kisser what?

a. Courage

b. Intelligence

c. Eloquent speech

d. A trip back to Kansas

11. When an Irishman toasts you by saying, “Slainté!” –pronounced “Slaw in tche”- what is he wishing you?

a. health

b. prosperity

c. good fortune

d. that your wife leaves you

12. In the U.S. it is customary to wear green on St. Patrick’s Day. By school days tradition, what are you supposed to do to a person you find not wearing green on the holiday?

a. pinch them

b. kiss them

c. kick them

d. paint a huge shamrock on their front door and pray for locusts to descend on their property

13. Some traditional Irish St. Patrick’s Day foods include what?

a. corned beef and cabbage, soda bread and Guinness

b. sweet potato bread, soup and dandelion wine

c. mashed potatoes, carrots, rye bread and brandy

d. Mint pie, pretzels, curly fries and a large beer milk shake

14. The official emblem of Ireland is what?

a. The shamrock

b. The Blarney Stone

c. The harp

d. A pint of stout

15. The Book of Kells, which presently resides in Trinity College, Dublin is what?

a. an illustrated compilation of the four new testaments

b. a compilation of illustrations of the original gods of Ireland

c. an illustrated history of ancient Irish battles

d. a druid cook book

16. The potato, which became a staple of the Irish diet, originated where?

a. The high plateaus of the AndeanMountains in South America

b. The Navajo Valley region of the Colorado Plateau

c. The plains valley land of Kentucky

d. Ireland

17. What Native American tribe made an unexpected and generous donation of money to the Irish during the Great Potato Famine?

a. The Cherokee

b. The Chippewa

c. The Choctaw

d. The Chippendales

18. The first official St. Patrick’s Day parade happened where and when?

a. London in 1899

b. New York City in 1766

c. New Orleans in 1843

d. Dublin in 1900

19. Typical Irish coffee consists of coffee, brown sugar, cream and what other ingredient?

a. Irish whiskey

b. mint extract

c. apple juice

d. Leprechaun blood

20. In Gaelic, if someone calls a young woman a cailin rua, they are saying what about her?

a. She has freckles

b. She is ill-tempered

c. She’s a red-haired girl

d. She’s a party girl

21. Which of the following U.S. Presidents claim Irish ancestry?

a. Theodore Roosevelt and Bill Clinton

b. Andrew Jackson and Barack Obama

c. James Polk, Richard Nixon, George Bush I and II

d. all of the above

Find the Answers below the shamrock

Celtic shamrock insignia
Celtic shamrock insignia


1. a. Hibernia

2. b. Britain

3. a. snakes

4. a. Confession, a biography of his life and spirituality

5. b. snake bites and scorpion stings

6. a. the holy Trinity

7. b. Repelling the Danes

8. b. shoe maker

9. a. The last ten popes of the Catholic Church

10. c. eloquent speech

11. a. health

12. a. pinch them

13. a. corned beef and cabbage, soda bread and Guinness

14. c. the harp

15. a. an illustrated compilation of the four new testaments

16. a. The high plateaus of the AndeanMountains in South America

17. c. The Choctaw

18. b. New York City in 1766

19. a. Irish whiskey

20. c. She’s a red-haired girl

21. d. all of the above

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  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    6 years ago from Tennesee

    Rosemary50, thanks for coming by. And yeah, I love Danny Boy.

  • Rosemay50 profile image

    Rosemary Sadler 

    6 years ago from Hawkes Bay - NewZealand

    Ha I am a little late finding this hub but it was worth it just to listen to Danny Boy.

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    6 years ago from Tennesee

    RedElf, coolness! Thanks for taking my quiz :)

  • RedElf profile image


    6 years ago from Canada

    Great quiz - I didn't know about Saint Malachy, the Choctaw donation, or when the first parade St. Patrick's Day took place. I did pretty well on the other questions - fun!

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    6 years ago from Tennesee

    Oh Dexter, sorry about that. But I hope you had some fun playing the quiz. Thanks for dropping in :)

  • Dexter Yarbrough profile image

    Dexter Yarbrough 

    6 years ago from United States

    I am usually good at these. I have a lot to learn about Ireland! Sorry, I'm late.

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    6 years ago from Tennesee

    Hey Will! That's pretty good. Let's see..I know, I'll toast to your health tonight! :)

    Thanks for taking my quiz and Happy St. Paddy's Day!

  • bethperry profile imageAUTHOR

    Beth Perry 

    6 years ago from Tennesee

    Hi Nell! Well, I have two history books from college that cover that era and one describes his homeland as, "Northern England" and the other says Scotland so I figured the term Britain safely covered both those.

    Thanks for taking the quiz and good to hear from you :)

  • WillStarr profile image


    6 years ago from Phoenix, Arizona

    I got about 50%. Are there any prizes?


  • Nell Rose profile image

    Nell Rose 

    6 years ago from England

    Are you SURE it wasn't leprechaun blood? haha! loved this, I got most of them right but that's because I only live over the little pond from there, but some I didn't know, one thing though, when you said britain in the second answer did you mean England Scotland Wales or Northern Ireland? Britain is the word we use for all over the UK, I think it must be England? not sure, this was great, and I love all your funny answers! lol!


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