43 Ireland Trivia Questions and Answers

Top of the mornin to ya! Did you know that 10% of Americans have Irish ancestry? Find more fun facts, and test your knowledge on the Emerald Isle with our Ireland trivia! 

If you fancy having the craic and learning a few facts about the old country, then this is the perfect challenge for you. 

From Irish history and culture to music and cuisine, our Ireland trivia will dip its toes into all the things that contribute to making this tiny country so fantastic. 

There are 5 super-fun rounds to play, and we challenge you to try them all!

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General Ireland Trivia Questions and Answers

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The first round of our Ireland trivia is designed to break you in gently before our more specialized sections. 

In our general knowledge round, we will ask you 15 random questions about Ireland; some easy, others not so! 

As always, good luck!

…and ‘thanks a million for playing! 

1: What currency is used in Ireland?
Euro.
2: How is Ireland divided?
Northern and Southern.
3: What is the name of the Irish city where Cillian Murphy was born?
Cork.
4: What is the most common surname in Ireland?
Murphy.
5: What is the Capital City of the Republic of Ireland?
Dublin.
6: Which Saint is said to have brought Christianity to this country?
St. Patrick.
7: What musical symbol is on the country's coat of arms?
The harp.
8: Finish the song line: “In Dublin's fair city, where the girls are so pretty, I first set my eyes on sweet …”.
Molly Malone.
9: What kind of sticks are often displayed in homes of those with Irish roots to symbolize this?
Shillelagh stick.
10: Belfast City's airport is named after which Irish sportsperson?
George Best.
11: What would you be doing if you visited Dublin's Grafton street?
Shopping.
12: What is the population of Ireland?
Just over 5 million.
13: What is the most popular religion here?
Christianty (82.5%).
14: What is the national dish of Ireland?
Irish stew.
15: Name the hugely successful Irish actor who appeared in movies including ‘In Bruges,’ ‘Seven Psychopaths,’ and ‘Horrible Bosses.’
Colin Farrell.

History of Ireland Trivia Questions and Answers 

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For such a small island, Ireland has never been inward-looking or insular. 

The Irish people are rightly proud of their history; although it has been a bloody one filled with heartbreak, it has never dulled the sense of spirit and great humor the nation’s people are known for. 

Sure, everyone knows a little about the history of Ireland, but do you know enough to smash this round of our Ireland trivia?

Let’s find out! 

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Let’s Go!

1: How long did Ireland's great famine last?
7 years.
2: What year did the Irish Republican Army (IRA) begin?
1922.
3: What was the name of the laundries (running from 1765 - 1996) that incarcerated petty criminals, unmarried mothers, the certified insane, and orphans?
Magdalene Laundries.
4: What is the civil rights march on January 30, 1972, now known as?
Bloody Sunday.
5: What is the conflict in Northern Ireland that lasted for around 30-years, more commonly known as?
The troubles.
6: What was the 1916 Easter Rising about?
Freedom for the Republic of Ireland from The UK.

Points of Interest in Ireland Trivia Questions and Answers 

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Ireland is a beautiful country, with many things to see and do!

With more than 1970 miles of stunning coastline, natural wonders, and man-made monuments – not to forget an abundance of traditional Irish pubs, this small country certainly has a huge amount of unforgettable experiences on offer!

Before you plan a trip to Ireland, you might want to jot down a few of the places you will discover in this round of our Ireland trivia. 

We have selected some of the very best points of interest here, as well as a couple of true hidden gems. 

Let’s explore some of the best places in Ireland!

1: For just over $8 what spooky tour can you go on in Dublin?
Guided ghost tour; visit the most haunted parts of the city…at night!
2: Situated on the site of a 13th-century castle, the 1446 Blarney Castle is visited by international tourists who want to do what to it?
Kiss it!
3: What is unique about Hooks Lighthouse, situated in County Wexford?
It is the world’s oldest working lighthouse - and you can take a tour of it.
4: What is the name of Northern Ireland's only UNESCO World Heritage Site?
The Giant’s Causeway.
5: What is Kilmainham Gaol?
A 1796 jail in Dublin - open for tours!
6: Since opening in 2000, what building has received over twenty million visitors?
Guinness Storehouse.
7: County Limerick is home to Adare Village. What is this village known as?
Ireland's prettiest village.
8: If you were visiting Temple Bar, what would you be after?
Drink! Craic! And a good night!

Music of Ireland Trivia Questions and Answers 

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No Irish trivia would be complete without a music section! 

When many people think of Ireland, one of the first things to come to mind is the world-famous music. 

From artists of times-gone-by to modern-day superstars, if they’re Irish and they’re good, then they’re likely going to feature in this part of our Ireland trivia. 

It’s a short round, but one that should help you to update your playlist with some absolute belters! 

Here we go! 

1: What boozy song did The Dubliners release in 1968?
Whiskey in the Jar.
2: This song was originally written about a working English town before being covered by 2 huge Irish bands, including The Pogues.
Dirty Old Town.
3: Name the Irish boy band who had international success with hits such as ‘Love me For a Reason’ and ‘No Matter What.’
Boyzone.
4: What was the name of the sibling band who had hit songs including ‘Runaway,’ and ‘Breathless’?
The Corrs.
5: Ed Sheeran sang about a girl from which Irish city?
Galway.
6: Irish actor, Colin Farrell, provided vocals for 2 tracks for which 2009 movie featuring Jeff Bridges?
Crazy Heart.
7: What is the name of the globally successful Irish band for which Bono is the lead vocalist?
U2.
8: What was the name of Sinéad O'Connor's 1989 global hit?
Nothing Compares 2 U.

Notable People from Ireland Trivia Questions and Answers 

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One of the greatest exports from Ireland is its people.

It is estimated that more than 70 million people worldwide can claim to have Irish ancestry, but how many of us are related to some of the more notable Irish people?

This part of our Ireland trivia will quiz your knowledge on some truly famous Irish men and women, from authors and poets to political figures and global superstars

How many do you think you know about?

Test your knowledge of some of the most powerful and famous Irish people in this round of our trivia. 

1: What is the name of the (arguably) most influential figure in Irish history who was the Commander-in-Chief of the national army and lost his life in August 1922 during the Irish Civil War?
Michael Collins.
2: Name the Irish actor, born in 1952, who has taken the lead role in many great movies and received Oscar, BAFTA, and Golden Globe nominations.
Liam Neeson.
3: What is Conor Mcgregor's sport?
Mixed Martial Arts.
4: Which James Bond legend was born in Drogheda, Ireland, in 1953?
Pierce Brosnan.
5: What is the name of the Irish man to star in E. L. James 50-Shades movie trilogy?
Jamie Doran.
6: What gothic horror novel did Dublin-born Bram Stoker write?
Dracula.

More Ireland Trivia Fun – Video 

And that brings us to the end of our Ireland trivia – we hope you enjoyed the craic! If you’re eager to take on another challenge, here are some you may like:

Thanks a million for playing our Ireland trivia. Isn’t there a lot to learn about this small island? We hope to see you soon for another trivia challenge. 

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