90+ Irish Trivia Questions (And Answers): Will You Have The Luck Of The Irish?

Lydia Samson
Dec 12, 2023 By Lydia Samson
Originally Published on Jan 13, 2021
Edited by Isobel Murphy
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If you're eager to put your knowledge to the test, you're in the right place. We're journeying over to the beautiful Emerald Isle today, brimming with history, culture, and, of course, fun facts galore.

From enchanting folk tales to rich traditions, Ireland's story is as colorful as the countryside itself.

Whether you're curious about Gaelic games or keen on the finer points of Ireland's renowned literary figures, we've got a little something for everyone. You might even pick up a few new tidbits along the way that could come in handy for your next trivia night or family quiz.

So, get ready to immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of the Irish, celebrate their triumphs, understand their struggles, and savor their unique traditions. With every fun fact you discover, you're not just learning something new - you're becoming a part of the Emerald Isle's beautiful narrative.

General Irish Trivia Questions

This is your one-stop for everything Irish trivia. From exploring the magic of Irish folklore to unveiling historical wonders, every nugget of information promises fun, engagement, and a delightful learning experience. Let's see how much you know! Maybe you can even learn something new along the way!

1. Question: Which country is Northern Ireland a part of?

Answer: The United Kingdom.

2. Question: What is the popular Irish celebration honoring a saint, celebrated with the color green?

Answer: Saint Patrick's Day.

3. Question: What is the population of Ireland as of 2022?

Answer: Over 5 million.

4. Question: Where is Ireland located?

Answer: North-western Europe.

5. Question: What is the capital city of Ireland?

Answer: Dublin.

6. Question: Where is the Bunratty Castle located in Ireland?

Answer: County Clare.

7. Question: Name the Steven Spielberg movie from 1993, where the Northern Irish actor Liam Neeson played the lead.

Answer: 'Schindler's List'.

8. Question: What is the occupation of the famous Irish personality, Maeve Binchy?

Answer: A novelist.

9. Question: What is the name of the 1970 Eurovision winner who was also the presidential candidate from Derry?

Answer: Dana Scallon.

10. Question: Which saint is said to have brought Christianity to the people of Ireland?

Answer: Saint Patrick.

11. Question: What is the common name of a species of prawn associated with Dublin?

Answer: Dublin Bay prawn.

12. Question: Grafton Street in Dublin city center is particularly famous for what?

Answer: Shopping.

13. Question: The national cathedral of the Church Of Ireland is located on which street?

Answer: Patrick Street.

14. Question: How many major railway stations are situated in Dublin?

Answer: Three.

15. Question: What is the name of the oldest university in Ireland?

Answer: Trinity College.

16. Question: Which famous 1952 film was filmed in the west of Ireland?

Answer: 'The Quiet Man'.

17. Question: Which popular actor of Irish descent played the role of Lawrence in the popular 1962 movie 'Lawrence Of Arabia'?

Answer: Peter O'Toole.

18. Question: What is the name of the fairy woman in Irish cultures, that is said to forewarn families about death?

Answer: A banshee.

19. Question: What is the salmon fish associated with, in Irish mythology?

Answer: Wisdom and knowledge.

20. Question: Which Northern Irish actor played the title role in the movie 'Michael Collins'?

Answer: Liam Neeson.

21. Question: Which Irish city is known for its fair and lively atmosphere?

Answer: Dublin City.

22. Question: What is the most famous college located in Dublin?

Answer: Trinity College.

23. Question: Which cliffs, in the Burren region of County Clare, are renowned for their expansive views of stone butting out into the ocean?

Answer: The Cliffs of Moher.

24. Question: In Irish folklore, which mythical creature is often depicted as a mischievous little person?

Answer: Leprechaun.

25. Question: Name the traditional Irish gravy-like dish made with meat, potatoes, and vegetables.

Answer: Irish stew.

26. Question: Which famous castle is located in the heart of Dublin?

Answer: Dublin Castle.

27. Question: Which sea is located on the southern coast of Ireland?

Answer: Celtic Sea.

28. Question: Name the famous natural wonder in County Antrim, Northern Ireland that is made of hexagonal basalt columns.

Answer: Giant's Causeway.

29. Question: What was the original name of Dublin, meaning 'black pool'?

Answer: Dubh Linn.

30. Question: Which is the highest mountain in Ireland?

Answer: Carrauntoohil.

31. Question: Which river that separates the eastern from the western part of the country is the longest in Ireland and the British Isles?

Answer: Shannon.

32. Question: "Dublin's Fair City", is a line from which famous traditional Irish folk song?

Answer: 'Molly Malone'.

33. Question: Which groundbreaking modernist novel, often considered one of the most important works of the 20th century, was penned by the Irish writer James Joyce?

Answer: 'Ulysses'.

34. Question: Which river flows through the heart of Dublin, Ireland's capital city?

Answer: Liffey.

35. Question: Named after the patron saint of Ireland, what is the name of Dublin's largest cathedral?

Answer: St. Patrick's Cathedral.

36. Question: Which notable Irish person is known for his contributions to the peace process between Ireland and the UK, receiving the Nobel Peace Prize in 1998?

Answer: John Hume.

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Ireland Politics Trivia Questions

Get set for a trivia that traces the footsteps of iconic leaders and key historical moments that have shaped Ireland. This isn't just any trivia; it's an exciting exploration of Ireland's political landscape.

It's challenging, enlightening, and, dare we say, a whole lot of fun! So, roll up your sleeves and get ready to indulge your curiosity. Let's navigate the thrilling twists and turns of Irish politics!

37. Question: Which organization did Ireland join in the year 1955?

Answer: United Nations.

38. Question: What Irish word, meaning 'chief' or 'leader', is the title typically applied to the prime minister and head of government of Ireland?

Answer: Taoiseach.

39. Question: Which Irish political party was founded in 1926?

Answer: Fianna Fáil.

40. Question: Which political party was founded in 1933 with the merger of the Cumann na n Gaedheal, the Center Party, and the Army Comrades Association?

Answer: Fine Gael.

41. Question: What musical instrument is on the Coat Of Arms of the country?

Answer: The harp.

42. Question: True or false: Roman Catholicism is the official state religion as per the Constitution of Ireland?

Answer: False.

43. Question: What is the name of the building where the Parliament of Ireland sits?

Answer: Leinster House.

44. Question: How many years is one term of an Irish Government?

Answer: Five.

45. Question: What was the name of the Irish currency before the Euro was adopted in 2002?

Answer: The Punt.

46. Question: Which Dubliner, born in 1951, became the Taoiseach in the year 1997?

Answer: Bertie Ahern.

47. Question: What was the name of Enda Kenny's father?

Answer: Henry Kenny.

48. Question: Trevor Sargent became the leader of which political party in the year 2001?

Answer: The Irish Green Party.

49. Question: What does the position of Tánaiste signify?

Answer: Deputy head of the government.

50. Question: Which year was the first sitting of the Parliament of Ireland?

Answer: 1264.

51. Question: What is the minimum age an Irish citizen must be to contest for the seat of president?

Answer: At least 35.

52. Question: Which association of nations did Ireland leave in the year 1949?

Answer: The Commonwealth Of Nations.

53. Question: During which decade did Ireland join the European Economic Community (now known as the EU)?

Answer: '70s.

54. Question: John Hume and David Trimble shared the Nobel Prize in which field?

Answer: Peace.

55. Question: How many consecutive terms can a president of Ireland serve?

Answer: Two.

56. Question: Who became the first president of the Republic Of Ireland?

Answer: Douglas Hyde.

57. Question: Which party merged with the Irish Labor Party in the year 1999?

Answer: The Democratic Left.

58. Question: Which Irish politician became the first ever female Tánaiste?

Answer: Mary Harney.

59. Question: Which president of Ireland is well known for declining an invitation to Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer's wedding?

Answer: Patrick Hillery.

60. Question: Which day is observed on the first Monday of June in Ireland?

Answer: The June Bank Holiday.

61. Question: When did the Irish Civil War happen?

Answer: June 28, 1922, to May 24, 1923.

62. Question: What 1998 agreement between the British government, Irish government, and political parties of Northern Ireland was named after a religious holiday?

Answer: Good Friday Agreement.

63. Question: What is the civil rights march on January 30, 1972, now known as?

Answer: Bloody Sunday.

Irish Sports Trivia Questions

From epic moments to legendary athletes, this quiz will test your knowledge and take you on an adrenaline-fueled journey through Irish sporting history. Get ready to impress your friends with fascinating facts and become the ultimate sports trivia champ. So, grab your lucky jersey and brace yourself for a thrilling Irish sports trivia experience.

64. Question: In which city is the iconic Croke Park stadium situated?

Answer: Dublin.

65. Question: In which major rugby competition did Ireland emerge victorious in the year 2018?

Answer: The Six Nations Championship.

66. Question: What is the name of the Irish governing body for horse racing?

Answer: IHRB (Irish Horseracing Regulatory Board).

67. Question: In which motorcycle race did legendary Northern Irish motorcyclist Joey Dunlop register a tally of 24 total wins?

Answer: The Ulster Grand Prix.

68. Question: The basic requirements of which GAA sport are a ball, a field of grass, and a set of goalposts?

Answer: Gaelic football.

69. Question: Popular golfer Rory McIlroy hails from which Northern Ireland county?

Answer: County Down.

70. Question: In the 2005 World Cup qualifying game, which former soccer player scored the winning goal for Northern Ireland against England?

Answer: David Healy.

71. Question: Former World Snooker Champion, Dennis Taylor, hails from which town in County Tyrone?

Answer: Coalisland.

72. Question: Which Irish sport gets mixed up with the Scottish game, shinty?

Answer: Hurling.

73. Question: Which is the leading rugby venue in Limerick?

Answer: Thomond Park Stadium.

74. Question: Who is the only Irish cyclist to have won the Tour de France?

Answer: Stephen Roche.

75. Question: Which county houses the Gowran Park racecourse?

Answer: County Kilkenny.

76. Question: Where is the GAA ground Cusack Park located?

Answer: Mullingar.

77. Question: The Kilkenny sporting teams are addressed by what nickname?

Answer: The Cats.

78. Question: Which Irish golfer was the winner of both the PGA Championship and The Open Championship in 2008?

Answer: Padraig Harrington.

79. Question: What is the ball in the sport of hurling called?

Answer: A sliotar.

80. Question: At what score were the touring West Indies team bowled out for in their cricket match against Ireland in 1969?

Answer: 25.

81. Question: Who won the Player Of The Match award in the victory that Ireland recorded against Pakistan on St. Patrick's Day in 2007?

Answer: Niall O'Brien.

82. Question: Which Ireland-born man became the first to play test cricket for England?

Answer: Leland Hone.

83. Question: Ireland became an associate sportsperson member of the ICC in which year?

Answer: 1993.

84. Question: Which county holds the record for the most Sam Maguire Cups?

Answer: County Kerry.

85. Question: After which Irish sportsperson is a Belfast airport named?

Answer: George Best.

86. Question: What type of race are The Galway Races?

Answer: Horse race.

Irish Pop Culture Trivia

Get ready to dive into the captivating world of Irish pop culture with this quiz! Irish pop culture is a treasure trove of entertainment, from movies that transport you to enchanting lands to toe-tapping music that gets your heart dancing.

Now it's your chance to test your Irish luck with this thrilling trivia quiz. You'll explore famous actors, iconic films, and memorable TV shows that have left a lasting impact.

87. Question: Which Irish writer was part of the first edition of the BBC's 'Question Time' in 1979?

Answer: Edna O'Brien.

88. Question: In which Northern Ireland city was the actor-director, Kenneth Branagh, born?

Answer: Belfast.

89. Question: Writer Iris Murdoch and actor Richard Todd were both born in which city?

Answer: Dublin.

90. Question: Which Irish personality was the first ever to be featured on the cover of Time magazine in 1923?

Answer: George Bernard Shaw.

91. Question: In the movie trilogy, The Godfather, what is the character's name who acts as the consigliere to the Corleone family?

Answer: Tom Hagen.

92. Question: Irish-born Ninette de Valois became massively influential in which branch of the arts, in Britain?

Answer: Ballet.

93. Question: Which Irish actress won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actress in 1989?

Answer: Brenda Fricker.

94. Question: How old was Irish actress Saoirse Ronan when she earned her first-ever Oscar nomination?

Answer: 13.

95. Question: Which Irish county is associated with the origins of the famous playwright and poet, Oscar Wilde?

Answer: County Wexford.

96. Question: Name an English singer-songwriter who has Irish roots.

Answer: Ed Sheeran.

97. Question: Which actor, known for his role as James Bond, hails from Ireland?

Answer: Pierce Brosnan.

98. Question: Which Irish actor had the lead role in 'Tigerland'?

Answer: Colin Farrell.

99. Question: What is the name of the Irish actress who played Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter series?

Answer: Evanna Patricia Lynch.

Congratulations! You've braved the Irish trivia challenge and explored the fascinating world of the Emerald Isle.

We hope you had a blast uncovering delightful facts, anecdotes, trivia questions, and answers about the rich history of Ireland along the way. Now, armed with an impressive arsenal of Irish knowledge, it's time to share your newfound wisdom with friends and family.

Host a trivia night, surprise your loved ones with Irish fun facts, or embrace the spirit of the Irish in your everyday conversations. However, if you wish to become a trivia master on everything related to Ireland, you have to study more extensively, since this trivia can offer a brief introduction to the country and its people.

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Written by Lydia Samson

Bachelor in Science specializing in Mass Communication

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Lydia SamsonBachelor in Science specializing in Mass Communication

A diligent and driven mass communications graduate from Caleb University, Lydia has experience in media and a passion for digital marketing and communications. She is an effective communicator and team-builder with strong analytical, management, and organizational skills. She is a self-starter with a positive, can-do attitude.

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