Ireland True or False?

Can you guess whether these statements about the Republic of Ireland are true or false?
Quiz by overtired
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Last updated: March 5, 2021
First submittedJanuary 27, 2021
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1. Belfast is the capital of the Republic of Ireland
True
False
Dublin is the capital. Belfast is the capital of Northern Ireland, a constituent country of the United Kingdom.
2. Ireland's currency is the Euro
True
False
3. James Joyce's novel "Ulysses" takes place in ancient Greece
True
False
It is set in Dublin
4. About 40% of Irish citizens speak Irish as their primary language
True
False
Only about 2% speak Irish daily. The vast majority speak English.
5. Ireland has won the Eurovision song contest more than any other country
True
False
Seven times (1970, 1980, 1987, 1992, 1993, 1994, and 1996)
6. The Irish drive on the left
True
False
The Ireland/UK border would be complicated otherwise
7. Caber tossing is a traditional Irish sport
True
False
Caber tossing comes from Scotland
8. Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated on the supposed date of his death
True
False
17th of March
9. The population of Ireland is lower today than it was before the Great Famine of 1845–1852
True
False
Along with mass starvation, the famine saw a mass exodus of Irish citizens (19%), particularly to the US
10. The Government of Ireland does not officially recognise the term "British Isles"
True
False
"The British Isles is not an officially recognised term in any legal or inter-governmental sense. It is without any official status." Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern, 2005
11. Colcannon is Ireland's third-largest city
True
False
Colcannon is a traditional dish of mashed potatoes and cabbage or kale
12. James Bond has been played by an Irish actor
True
False
Pierce Brosnan was born in Drogheda
13. The 1916 Christmas Rising was an insurrection against British rule
True
False
It was the 1916 Easter Rising
14. Lucky Charms is Ireland's most popular cereal
True
False
Lucky Charms isn't sold in Ireland (except as a special import). The most popular cereal is Corn Flakes.
15. There are no wild snakes in Ireland
True
False
Legend says that St. Patrick chased them into the sea
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Level 48
Feb 1, 2021
I very like this one! Nominated!
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Level 81
Feb 1, 2021
Thanks! Glad you liked it :)
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Level 65
Mar 5, 2021
I miss the one about driving on the left, because I thought it meant the left side of the car. I feel stupid.
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Level 83
Mar 5, 2021
Embarassed not to get full marks on this one as an Irish person. I didn't know why 17th of March was Paddy's Day. Just that it was. The others were easy if you live in Ireland.
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Level 48
Mar 19, 2021
Same here CeartGoLeor, 100% Irish, and got the St Patrick's Day question wrong - and thought I was oh so clever for side stepping the 1916 question!! :)
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Level 72
Mar 5, 2021
"Odysseus" is the same as "Ulysses", just in a different spelling, isn't it?
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Level 81
Mar 5, 2021
Yes, Ulysses is the Latinised name of Odysseus, but the title of the novel is Ulysses.

At least the original title. I didn't realise but it has been published in some languages under the title Odysseus. My fault, should have checked that. The question could be changed to say "Odyssey", or if that's too close perhaps "Iliad". Quizmaster?

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Level ∞
Mar 5, 2021
The question has been changed to remove any possible confusion.
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Level 81
Mar 5, 2021
Nice, thanks!
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Level 86
Mar 5, 2021
Trivia related to the uprising: In the memoirs of many people in pre-internet, pre-radio England many had assumed upon hearing that war had started in 1914 that it was with Ireland, not Germany.
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Level 59
Mar 17, 2021
Huh TIL. Got a source handy?
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Level 68
Mar 6, 2021
Congrats on yet again another feature! Good quiz!
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Level 83
Mar 6, 2021
13. The 1916 Christmas Rising was an insurrection against British rule.

A: False

Explanation: It was the 1916 Easter Rising

This seems to be explained sort of sideways. The 1916 Christmas Rising was actually an insurrection against the 1916 Easter Rising?

Shouldn't the explanation be something like, "There was no '1916 Christmas Rising.' The insurrection against British Rule in 1916 was the 'Easter Rising.' "?

The question seems to be deliberately misleading, as though the "1916 Christmas Rising" was a historic event and the question revolves around what triggered it. Why not say, "The 1916 insurrection against British rule was known as the 'Christmas Rising'."? Then the explanation would make perfect sense as is.

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Level 83
Mar 6, 2021
Great quiz, though! Thanks.
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Level 66
Mar 17, 2021
Exactly my thoughts. The question seems very out of place, as it the only one on these quizzes (that I know of) where the thing in question is just completely invented and the question does not ask about its historicity. I thought "well, who else would it've been against?" and clicked true.
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Level 71
Mar 17, 2021
True, normally they're worded like, "The insurrection against British rule that took place in Ireland in 1916 is known as the 'Christmas Rising'."

Super quiz though, much enjoyed.

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Level 81
Mar 17, 2021
I'd have no problem changing the question to "The 1916 insurrection against British rule is known as the Christmas Rising", except that as far as I'm aware doing so would reset the quiz and everyone would lose their points, so I don't think it would be approved.
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Level 91
Mar 8, 2021
love the fact that you added explanation for every question Great quiz! also: you totally fooled me with the "christmas rising" question, although i was well aware of "easter rising".. good job!
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Level 67
Mar 17, 2021
Same. I'm very familiar with the Easter Rising, but I was focused on the second part of the question and got it wrong.
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Level 85
Mar 8, 2021
"Lucky Charms" is not their favorite cereal? I'm disillusioned. Could that also mean that "Irish Spring" is not their favorite soap?
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Level 90
Mar 9, 2021
As opposed to Scottish Spring, which no true Scotsman can go without.
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Level 41
Feb 27, 2022
As an Irish person, we actually dont have Lucky Charms. Ive never seen them in any shops or have ever eaten them
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Level 58
Mar 15, 2022
Yes I believe that was sarcasm, friend
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Level 71
Mar 17, 2021
Happy St Patrick's Day 🍀
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Level 62
Mar 17, 2021
happy st patricks day!
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Level 62
Mar 17, 2021
Check out the Vietnam version right here
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Level 28
Mar 17, 2021
I'm Irish and I got the Christmas Rising answer wrong because I read it wrong lmao
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Level 68
Mar 17, 2021
I'm so embarrassed I got one right by reading the question wrong. I somehow imagined a "never" while reading "James Bond has been played by an Irish actor" and guessed true. So perfect score by default?
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Level 51
Mar 18, 2021
Fitting to play this on almost St. Patrick's Day

Happy St Patrick's Day everyone!

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Level 62
Mar 21, 2021
Question number 13:

The 1916 Christmas Rising was an insurrection against British rule

True

False

Both answers are correct. Since there was no 1916 Christmas Uprising, you're asking a question about the null set (a set with no elements). Everything is true (and false) about an element of the null set.

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Level 81
Mar 21, 2021
I'm intrigued.

So if one of the questions said "Dingboff Zapadoo was a president of Ireland", would that be both true and false because there was no Dingboff Zapadoo?

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Level ∞
Mar 21, 2021
No.
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Level 81
Mar 22, 2021
RIP Dingboff Zapadoo (NEVER - ALWAYS)
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Level 38
Jul 13, 2021
James Bond was scottish not irish
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Level 60
Mar 8, 2022
Nice quiz! My only quibble is the language question; Irish is ambiguous, perhaps edit to Irish Gaelic?
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Level 81
Mar 8, 2022
Ambiguous how?