Country Facts The total area is 14.138 sq kilometres. The capital of Northern Ireland is Belfast. The population is 1.8 million. The official emblem is the harp. The official languages are English and Gaelic. The colors of the Irish flag are red, white and gold. The symbol of Ireland is the shamrock. Ireland’s national animal is the horse.
Belfast’ s Sights Grand Opera House makes a great impression on tourists with its unforgettable and wonderful architectural design. City Hall is a beautiful building with amazing architecture. Peace Wall is famous for its signatures of those pledging peace with the artwork painted on sections of the wall by artists from around the world.
Wonders of Nature On the north-east coast of Northern Ireland tourists can see a mass of unusually shaped rocks. Scientists say that they were formed by a flow of lava into the sea. The ancient Irish thought that they were the work of the giant Finn McCool. This place is called the Giant’s Causeway.
Interesting facts Ireland is sometimes called the Land of a Hundred Thousand Welcomes because of the Irish’s hospitality. Boiled bacon and cabbage is Ireland’s popular traditional dish. Murphy is the most common surname. Some of the oldest surnames are prefixed by ‘Mac’ (a son of) and ‘O’ (a grandson of). Beef is the largest Ireland’s edible export. A portrait of Ireland’s most famous poet, W.B. Yeats, appears on the Irish 10-pound note.
Leprechauns According to legend, this mythical group lived in Ireland long before human inhabited the land. Every Leprechaun has a pot of gold and if you follow a rainbow to its end, you’ll find it. In general, leprechauns are nice. But if you try to capture them or steal their gold, they will use magic against you and they can turn you into something. Leprechauns can be extremely grumpy. They bring good or bad luck to people. The leprechaun has become one of the most beloved and popular good luck symbols associated with Ireland and Saint Patrick’s Day.
Crossword. Ireland’s national animal. The national symbol of Ireland. The national colour of this country. The official emblem of Northern Ireland. The place of interest because of its famous ancient ritual of kissing the stone. The name of the old Ireland’s language. The picture of this part of the man’s body is on the coat of arms of Ireland. The name of the Patron Saint of Ireland. The second short name of Northern Ireland. The capital of Northern Ireland. A group of stone columns standing very near together.
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