101 Things You Didn’t Know About Irish History – Book Review

I picked this book up for free on amazon.com just before March 17th. I do believe that my family on the Collins side has some Irish roots and I was intrigued to read it. It is really a great and fast read. I will not review it as such but give you some interesting things I did not know before reading this book. These comments are from my twitter feed. ie, 101 things you didn’t know.


The Irish were obsessed with war. They would strip naked wearing nothing but sandals & necklaces n2 battle. Strange but the strategy worked.

St. Patrick brought Christianity to Ireland

St Patrick was one of the FIrst Christian missionaries in history. I didn’t know that.

St Patrick used the “Shamrock” a three-leafed clover to teach people about the Trinity. Wow, you don’t learn this stuff in seminary.

Medieval Ireland became known as the island of saints and scholars.

I didn’t know the Vikings founded Dublin Ireland.

enjoying learning more about Ireland’s history. I am n the religion portion now & I am learning where some of our own traditions originate.

The Irish give more money to charity per capita thank any other European nation.

In Ireland for many years the use of birth control was Considered a criminal act.

The Irish game of “Hurling” may need to be brought to America as therapy. Lol

“Hurling” called ” Shinty” by the Scottish is thought to have inspired the game we call “Golf”

Thousands of Irish men and women still emigrate each year. We don’t seem to hear about it much do we.

23 more things to discover about the Irish and Ireland. This book has been a fun read and very informative. 101 things You didn’t know

Ireland became the Republic of Ireland in 1948 & in 1949 officially broke away from the British Parliament.

Abortion is illegal n Ireland & always has been – except n the event the mother’s life is at risk. “Much like the UMC Stance on abortion.

Irish Proverb “If you lie down with dog’s you’ll rise with fleas.”

Here is one last thing to leave you with. An Irish Blessing.

May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.


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