ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Ireland Gave Us More Than St. Patrick, Shamrocks and Bono

Updated on March 4, 2014

Dracula to Paddy Wagon

Dracula came to print from an Irish writer, Bram Stoker. Stoker worked as a newspaper writer and later a researcher. He traveled and wrote many works before becoming interested in European folklore and mythological stories of vampires. Dracula is a fictional tale, but the realistic facts made it believable. Stoker obtained facts from diary entries, telegrams, ships’ logs and newspaper clippings. The original 541 pages of Dracula were found in a barn in Pennsylvania in the early 1980’s. It was typewritten under the title, “The Un-Dead.” The manuscript was purchased by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft.

The word ‘boycott’ came from Ireland. Captain Charles Cunningham Boycott was a land agent. He refused to let Irish tenant farmers decide how much rent they should pay. He evicted the farmers from their homes. The farmers stopped workers from working on Boycott’s home. They stopped his mail, stopped his food supply and broke his fences. The farmers continued their rage on other land agents. The agents said they were “boycotted.”

In 1800’s when Irishmen were arrested for being drunk in public, they all claimed their name was “Paddy.” This being a popular nickname for Irishman named, Patrick. During this era, the police would transport prisoners to the station using a horse-drawn carriage with a steel cage separating policemen from passengers. A very high percent of the police were of Irish descent. They nicknamed the vehicle a “Paddy Wagon.”

Hurling, Halloween and Hood Lighthouse

Halloween is linked to the Celtic festival for witches, goblins and ghosts. It was first celebrated in the fifth century B.C. The Celts believed all people who had died the previous year would come back to choose a body of a person or animal to live inside for the next twelve months before going to the afterlife. The Celt families would dress as demons, hobgoblins and witches to scare the souls.

Hurling is an ancient Gaelic game. The outdoor game has been played for over 3,000 years. Players use a wooden stick to hit a small ball between goalposts. If the ball goes over the crossbar, one point is scored, if under into the net, three points are scored. The history of hurling can be traced as far back as 1200 BC. Rich land gentry would keep teams of players on their farmers to challenge other teams just for pleasure.

Hood Lighthouse is the oldest working lighthouse in the world. The structure marking the entrance to Waterford Harbour has been there over 800 years. Construction took place between 1201 and 1240. The first keepers of the light were monks. They lit fires and beacons to warn sailors of the rocks. Fog guns were fired every ten minutes. They were replaced by explosive charges set from the top of the tower. Later they were replaced by a compressed air horn that fired every 45 seconds. In January 2011, the fog horn was turned off.

Your Answers for Next Trivia

Other facts you just need to know include:

The White House was designed by an Irishman—James Hoban

The largest brewer of a stout beer called Guinness is from Ireland. The normal usage for a given day in the world is 5.5 million pints, but on St. Patrick’s Day the number climbs to 13 million pints.

Rotunda Hospital opening in 1745 in Dublin is the world’s oldest continuously operating maternity hospital.

Royal Cork Yacht Club of 1720 is the world’s oldest Yacht Club. The first recorded open yacht race was held in Dublin Bay 1663.

Ireland is the only country in the world that has a musical instrument, the harp, as a national symbol. The oldest known harp, dating around 1300, is in Trinity College in Dublin

“The Titanic” was made in Ireland.


    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.


    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at:

    Show Details
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the or domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)