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Irish Facts

October 22, 2007
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Irish Facts

- A donation to the Blood Bank in Dublin results in a free pint. Guinness is recommended since it replaces iron lost during your donation.

- Free travel is given to all senior citizens in the Republic. This entitles travel on public buses and trains at off-peak times.

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This copper contraption was once used for distilling whiskey.

- Alcohol can only be served to people over 18.

- Smoking is officially prohibited in all public buildings and many private spaces, including government offices, trains, buses, pubs and restaurants.

- Irish (Gaelic) is the first language of the Republic and is compulsory in all schools up to secondary level (along with English). A few areas speak Irish fluently including parts of Galway, Cork and Waterford.

- Signage in the Republic is bilingual. Much amusement can be had by seeing the historic attempts at converting the Irish names into English. Distances are mainly in kilometers, although miles survive in rural areas.


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