St Patrick’s Day Fascinating Facts

Bord Bia (the Irish Food Board) gave Mum’s Arcade these facts to mark St Patrick’s Day


·         The national symbol of Ireland is the Celtic harp, not the shamrock

·         Ireland is the third largest island in Europe

·         The geology and climate in Ireland allows the longest grass growing season in the Northern Hemisphere.  4/5ths of Ireland’s agricultural land is devoted to grass

·         There are over 131,000 farms in Ireland all of which are family run

·         There are over 6 million cattle in Ireland (there are only 200,000 more people in the whole country)

·         Ireland exports well over a 1/4 million tonnes of beef per year, over 50 % of which is to the UK


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