Great for the Pub, Classroom or Social Club!
This fun, free quiz is great for St Patrick's Day or any Irish-themed activity. The questions cover general knowledge, history, folklore, geography and the arts. It is suitable for many social situations—from family parties, classroom settings, club or pub quizzes.
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- The answers can be seen in italics next to each question.
- Feel free to add your own quiz questions in the Comments box at the end!
Quiz Questions (and Answers)
- Which Irish islands give their names to a type of woolly jumper? Aran Isles.
- Which city stands where the Belfast Lough and River Lagan meet? Belfast.
- Which city’s name translates from Irish Gaelic into English as ‘dark pool’? Dublin.
- Which John Wayne and Maureen O’Hara film was shot in County Mayo? The Quiet Man.
- What is a bodhran? A drum, shaped similarly to a tambourine.
- By which other name is Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge also known? The Liffey Bridge.
- Which city is also named ‘the city of the tribes’? Galway.
- What would you pour on top of an Irish coffee? Cream.
- What was the Gaelic name for the Fairy Folk’s eternal home? Tir na Nog.
- By which other names were the Fairy Folk also called? The Gentlefolk, the Shining Ones, the Tuatha de Danaan, the Little People, the Lords and Ladies.
- What are the Twelve Bens? Mountains.
- Which Irish saint is said to have visited America 1000 years before Columbus? Saint Brendan.
- What does the circle at the very centre of a Celtic cross represent? The sun.
- Before lamb was used, what meat did an Irish stew traditionally contain? Goat.
- Kissing the Blarney Stone is believed to confer what? The gift of the gab.
- Name the famous Irish author whose best-selling books include “Tara Road”, “Light a Penny Candle“, “Circle of Friends” and “Nights of Rain and Stars.” Meave Binchy.
- Name the Irish poet and dramatist who became a driving force behind the Irish literary revival, who founded the Abby Theatre, and who won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1923. William Butler Yeats.
- Which saint is supposed to have brought Christianity to Ireland in 453 AD? St Patrick.
- What did St Patrick supposedly chase out of Ireland? All the snakes.
- Which traditional musical instrument was adopted as a logo by Guinness? Harp.
- Which famous Irish actor played Lawrence of Arabia? Peter O’Toole.
- What kind of fairy screams to warn of impending death and disaster? Banshee.
- Name the famous Irish actor who played James Bond. Pierce Brosnan.
- Which American brought traditional Irish dancing to a much wider audience? Michael Flatley.
- According to the old folksong, what was Molly Malone selling in Dublin? Cockles and mussels.
- Name the singer from punk rock band The Boomtown Rats who later campaigned for famine relief with Live Aid. Bob Geldof.
- How many leaves does a shamrock have? Three.
- Name the influential Irish novelist and poet whose works include “The Dubliners”, “A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man,” and “Ulysses.” James Joyce.
- Dublin’s Rotunda Hospital pioneered the training of which kind of nurse? Midwives.
- Which popular comical TV series was filmed in the Irish village of Avoka? Ballykissangel.
- Name the two Catholic fathers in the popular TV series set on the fictional Craggy Island. Fathers Ted and Dougal.
- Which breed of terrier does Kerry give its name to? Kerry blue.
- What gives the Purple Mountains in Kerry their colour? Heather.
- Where is the oldest civic building in Ireland located? Waterford.
- Name the famous kind of glass made in southern Ireland? Waterford Glass.
- Which well known drink comes from the Old Middleton Distillery in County Cork? Jameson’s Whiskey.
- If you were eating a boxty, what would this be? An Irish potato cake.
- When did the Irish Potato Famine occur? 1845-49.
- What is the word for a seal that can become human as featured in Irish and Orcadian folklore? A selkie.
- Which people settled in Ireland during the English king James 1st’s reign? The Scots.
- Who was the very first king of Ireland? Brian Boru.
- Which fierce warriors invaded Ireland during the 9th and 10th centuries? Vikings.
- In which century did the Battle of the Boyne occur? 17th.
- Where can you see the Book of Kells displayed? Trinity college, Dublin.
- In which language was the Book of Kells written: English, Latin or Irish Gaelic? Latin.
- Which famous and controversial figure wrote “The Importance of Being Earnest”, “The Picture of Dorian Grey” and “The House of Pomegranates?” Oscar Wilde.
- Which Irish dramatist wrote “Waiting for Godot”, “Malone Dies” and “The Unnameable?” Samuel Beckett.
- In which city is Guinness brewed? Dublin.
- Which Irish sport is sometimes confused with the Scottish game of shinty? Hurling.
- Which instrument is Irish musician James Galway famous for playing? The flute.
© 2011 Adele Cosgrove-Bray
Donal on March 17, 2020:
Which actor won an oscar for playing Irish author Christy Brown? Daniel Day Lewis
Adele Cosgrove-Bray (author) from Wirral, Cheshire, England. on March 16, 2019:
Blame it on poor Molly having to push that wheelbarrow around!
stratton on February 15, 2019:
The chocolate strawberry looks so good!!!!!
melissa on March 14, 2018:
theses are great! thank you
Adele Cosgrove-Bray (author) from Wirral, Cheshire, England. on February 27, 2012:
Thank you for your kind comment.