Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia #112 | Ireland Trivia

What better way to spend our virtual St. Patrick’s Day than with some Ireland Trivia?

For this week’s episode, we’re heading across the Atlantic to the Emerald Isle for thirty trivia questions covering the history, geography, and pop culture surrounding Ireland.


7 replies on “Dorky Geeky Nerdy Trivia #112 | Ireland Trivia”

  1. My grandparents would kill me. I’m in the first Canadian born generation with ancestry in Ireland as far back as we can trace.

    Dorky: 7/10
    Geeky: 5/10
    Nerdy: 0/10

    Total score: 17

  2. I don’t think I know too much about Ireland.

    Dorky – 7 right, 7 points – I started out by happily shouting out the answer to the first question… and was wrong.
    Geeky – 4 right, 8 points –
    Nerdy – 2 right, 8 points – The Boghran was introduced to me by Seamus Kennedy, a singing, drinking comedian I’ve been lucky enough to see play a few times. Bonus wrong answer: “What does the name Dublin mean?” Two of something!

    I knew more than I thought. I know that the tech sector has ballooned in Ireland in recent decades (or so I was reading) and it’s supposedly very gorgeous there, so I hope to visit sometime in my life.

    I also like to point out that St. Patrick did not drive the snakes out of Ireland, as popular legend claims. Ireland, being an island, didn’t have snakes, and the “snakes” that are referenced were the druids. I read his “Confessio,” and concluded Patrick wasn’t a guy I like.

    • The Tech sector has been huge in Ireland. English speaking with a lower cost of living than the UK. I know when I worked for AOL back in the 90s, they opened AOL UK, but the call center and support crew were working in Ireland. I was *this close* to getting a transfer to live in Ireland for some time to help them set up, but I didn’t have enough seniority. My manager at the time did and got to go.

    • 2 right in the Nerdy round is worth 6 points, rather than 8, but you still beat my score by 4.

      And, yes, the “snakes” that St. Patrick got rid of were the metaphorical “snakes” of people who aren’t Christian, and must therefore be minions of the Devil who appeared in Eden as a serpent. The more I learn about St. Patrick the less I like him.

      • St. Patrick also drove the hippopotamuses and kangaroos out of Ireland.

        Anyway, despite marrying someone who is of mostly Irish descent (and being 1/8 Irish myself), my scores are:

        Round 1: 8 (8)
        Round 2: 7 (14)
        Round 3: 4 (12)

      • Perhaps…. But Ireland actually lacks indigenous snakes. It would be natural for the faithful to credit the local saint for that. What is the source for the other interpretation? I’m curious.

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