Irish geography and history 1

From the St Patrick’s Day quiz on 17/3/15.

  1. What is the Irish name for Ireland? Éire

  2. Which period of violent conflict in Northern Ireland conventionally begins with a 1968 march in Londonderry and ends with the 1998 Belfast or Good Friday Agreement? The Troubles

  3. On which river is Dublin situated? Liffey

  4. Which emblem of Ireland appears on the Irish coat of arms as well as the obverse of all Irish euro coins? Celtic harp (cláirseach)

  5. During the 1916 Easter Rising, which building in Dublin was seized and used as a rebel headquarters? General Post Office

  6. What is the largest island in the Irish Sea? Anglesey

  7. What (Irish) name is given to the head of government or Prime Minister of Ireland? Taoiseach

  8. What is the county town of County Tyrone in Northern Ireland? Omagh

  9. The late 17th-century Jacobite War in Ireland was fought between supporters of which two kings? James II of England (VII of Scotland) and William III of England (II of Scotland or William of Orange)

  10. According to Irish legend, which giant created the Giant’s Causeway, Lough Neagh and the Isle of Man? Finn MacCool


Irish musical excerpts 1

From the St Patrick’s Day quiz on 17/3/15. Download here.

  1. Thin Lizzy – The Boys are Back in Town

  2. B*Witched – C’est la Vie

  3. The Pogues – Dirty Old Town

  4. The Script – If You Could See Me Now

  5. Eimear Quinn – The Voice (Eurovision 1996)

  6. The Undertones – Teenage Kicks

  7. Van Morrison – Into the Mystic

  8. The Cranberries – Zombie

  9. Chicane (featuring Máire Brennan [from Clannad]) – Saltwater

  10. The Dubliners – Rocky Road to Dublin

Irish general knowledge 1

From the St Patrick’s Day quiz on 17/3/15.

  1. What must be added to coffee, sugar and cream to make an Irish coffee? (Irish) whiskey

  2. David Howell Evans is the real name of which Irish musician? The Edge

  3. Who was the first Irishman to win the Tour de France? Stephen Roche

  4. What was Oscar Wilde’s début (and only) novel? The Picture of Dorian Gray

  5. What is the name of the flag carrier airline of Ireland? Aer Lingus

  6. Literally meaning “land of the young”, what is the name of the fabled Irish mythological land of perpetual youth broadly equivalent to Elysium? Tír na nÓg

  7. Which Northern Irish rock band is fronted by guitarist and vocalist Tim Wheeler? Ash

  8. Which animal, once common in Ireland and featuring prominently in its mythology, had been hunted to extinction by the late 18th century? Wolf

  9. What name is given to the ball used in the Irish sport of hurling? Sliotar

  10. Which Irish writer won the 2005 Man Booker Prize for his novel The Sea, and which other Irish writer won the 1978 Man Booker Prize for her novel The Sea, The Sea? John Banville; Iris Murdoch