Book and 150 Facts about Irish History


TRUE FACT #1Over thirty four million Irish Americans live in the U.S alone, more than 7 times the population of Ireland.

How much do you know about Irish history?

Get a new kindle for Christmas? Why not download as may books as you can while they are on sale.

Did your ancestors emigrate to America, Austria, or Canada?

Are you planning a trip to Ireland or dreaming about one some day?

This book is for you.

100 Things You Didn’t Know About Ireland, filled with trivia, Irish achievements, culture, and Irish history, as well as 50 more facts is available at the sale price of $0.99 Dec 26th to 29th.

Over thirty four million Irish Americans live in the U.S alone, more than 7 times the population of Ireland.

Do you wish you knew more about your Irish ancestors? Do you have anyone to ask? Have your aunts, uncles, cousins and grandparents passed on? Were you told ‘be proud you are Irish’ but not sure of what you should be proud of?

Do you know anything else in Irish history beyond the history of the Famine,corned beef and cabbage and  St Patrick’s Day? Are your relatives dead or were you told not to ask questions about the past? Do you live in Ireland but know next to nothing about Irish history? Then 100 Things You Didn’t Know about Ireland is for you.

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This book is for anyone Irish or anyone interested in Ireland and some amazing facts you may not be aware of like scientific achievements that no other country can boast of,

the reason St Patrick is an American holiday and why the saint was shunned by the church.,

how it was an Irishman who discovered a cure for leprosy


and Harry Ferguson from County Down nicknamed the “mad mechanic” built and flew his own airplane! He also developed the first four wheel drive formula one car, and other just plain fun trivia fact.

On Sale Now $0.99 DEC 26TH THROUGH DEC. 29TH.

31 thoughts on “Book and 150 Facts about Irish History

  1. Brighid, your new book sounds like something I would devour. I wish you the best of luck with launching it, although I don’t imagine you will have any difficulty at all in finding readers and selling it. I would be happy not only to write an honest review to put on Amazon, but to share the good news about your book on Twitter and FB.

    After reading your bio section on this blog, I feel you and I have a good deal in common. My great-grandparents (both sides) are from Ireland as well–and like you I am thankful to be an American, and delighted to be an Irish-American. My ancestry is very important to me. I have done a great deal of study of Irish history (and continue to do so) and of Irish culture including trying (with limited success) to learn a bit of Irish. Irish folklore, mythology, and legend are another interest. At present, I am on a bit of a campaign to make people aware that there is considerable difference between an Irish banshee and the horrible predatory monster Hollywood created and called a banshee. That’s an uphill battle!

    Congratulations on your new book. Again I wish you every success with it.

    Slainte! Christine

    • Christine, so nice to hear from you and thank you for visiting my blog. I wonder if you have a blog or website? Perhaps you can write a guest post for me some day. I’m interested in your research on the Irish banshee too. Sounds fascinating.
      Warmly, Brighid

      • Brighid,

        Thank you for the kind invitation to write a guest post some day! It is much appreciated.

        I have a blog, Whispers of a Banshee Weaver on Blog Spot. Unfortunately, it is currently inactive, but I plan to get it up and running again in the near future. If you would like to explore it, the address is I would love if you would do a guest post at some point once I get the blog going again.

        Here is a brief synopsis of the difference between the banshee in her Irish folklore origins as opposed to the Hollywood version:

        Hollywood: a) always ugly
        b) a ghost or a monster
        c) usually predatory, often homicidal
        d) so miserable / evil she wants everyone else
        to be as well
        e) sometimes is vampirish: sucks the happiness
        out of people
        f) often kills people with her screams
        g) a wild woman

        Irish folklore: a) can appear as an old hag, but also
        appears as a beautiful young woman or
        a stately middle-aged woman
        b) a faerie ) in Irish ban = woman, shee is
        either from si = faerie or sidhe = faerie mound
        So the word translates approximately into
        “faerie woman”
        c) she can be an ancestral ghost but this idea
        comes in later folklore and more closely
        resembles the Scottish ban sith
        d) she is compassionate, not predatory
        e) attaches herself to a particular family
        then cries, or wails, or knocks (depending
        on the area of Ireland) to warn of the
        impending death of a family member
        f) she does kill; she warns of death to
        prepare the family
        g) it used to be an honor to have a banshee
        watch over one’s family
        h) if more than one banshee came to a
        person’s funeral, that person was
        considered either quite significant or
        quite holy

        This information comes from numerous sources ranging from books to websites to the stories handed down by my own family. I know I won’t change the way banshees are portrayed in movies or television (or stop the ever-increasing simile “to ___ like a banshee” e.g., scream, make out, dance, party like a banshee). I just want to get the word out that this is a considerable distortion of the banshee. The Hollywood / popular American version has gone far afield of the figure from Irish folklore. W. B. Yeats’ book, Fairy and Folk Tales of the Irish Peasantry has some excellent information on the banshee. One online site that has a good article is

        Best wishes!

        • Christine, Thank you for all this info on Irish banshees. Did you know you just wrote your first blog post for me? Do I have your permission to reproduce in an official post of the future? I loved it.

          • Thank you, Brighid. I’m glad you enjoyed the information and would like to have it as a post. 🙂 For an official post, I would rather write it up in decent sentences and in a paragraph form. Would that be okay? I can have a revision back to you by this Saturday (I’m in an MFA program and have midterms this week).

            Slainte! Christine

  2. Hi, I came across Irish-American Mom when I was looking for the origins of my O’connor grandpa. From her bog, I found Emerald-Heritage and I am most proud to say I can now call myself a “squiress”! It is amazing to have this opportunity to participate in re-planting native tree species in an area designated as one of the most beautiful on the planet.

    It was also a link from Irish-American Mon that I found your bog – and happy about that too! I am very much looking forward to reading your book as well.

    best wishes and success.

    • Hi Susan, Yes, IrishAmericanMom is one of my favorite blogs about all things Irish. That’s great about Emerald Heritage program. Have you heard of the Gore-Booths or Lissadell House in Sligo? They used to be very big on forestry and until the greedy agents got involved many of the trees were re-planted and only so many taken at a time each year. I was also reading that Josslyn Gore-Booth experimented with best trees to plant in Ireland. This goes back over 100 years. Unfortunately Lissadell was in ruins for many years but recently has been bought and re-invented, keeping it as original as possible and open to the public. I hope to visit them in July.

  3. Saw reference to your book on Damian Shiels opinion piece on Irish Central Your book title sounds intriguing and I look forward to reading it. Much of what is thought to be about Ireland in USA makes us Irish squirm..we are indeed not all alcoholics, not all Catholics, we are not all in a state of torment about the Famine, we do not all despise the English, that we eat corned beef, etc., etc. For sure our diaspora, being of such enormous number, has had positive ( and perhaps sometimes negative) impacts on societies. How good it will be to read about positive influences in your book. And perhaps we here in Ireland might discover things we never knew about ourselves that are true!

    • Angela, You are so right and that is the opinion I am getting from a lot of readers so I am thrilled. Thank you also for letting me know where you saw the link to my blog. I’ve been so excited about this book. So many amazing accomplishments from Ireland I am sure people will be surprised when they read about it. I was. Thanks for stopping by.

    • Seamus, thank you for stopping by Celticthoughts. We have a lot in common here and I am anxious to share this book with you. I’m also working on most Irish history posts so I hope you subscribed so you won’t miss any of them. I think we need more positive articles about Ireland and less about wars and hunger, don’t you?

  4. That seems like one must read book for all of the right reasons, especially for us who are of Irish descent and proud of it!!! Thank you,
    John Ayres Murphy Shepard Ongena

    • Hi, John thanks for visiting my blog on Irish history. Looking forward to sharing the book with you and I hope you’ll drop by again. I bet you have some interesting history of your own with your Irish family.
      Warmly, Brighid

  5. I am looking forward to reading your book. As an Irish American, whose family came here during the first Famine, I am, I was told by an Irish boyfriend that I was “a narrow back”. My family has begun to research our Irish roots. I hope to one day visit the places that my ancestors left so that our family could prosper.

    • Alice, you are so lucky to be diving into your Irish genealogy.You definitely have to go one day. I’m working on a travel book about Irish travel and I do have a few tips under the post ‘How To Travel Ireland like a Spoiled American.’ I found it was one of the least expensive places to go, minus the airfare of course. I know what you mean about prospering. I owe a lot to my great grandparents for giving me the opportunities I have today. By the way, what is a “narrow back”?
      Warmly, Brighid

  6. I would love to receive a copy of your book. If it’s anything like your website then it will be a most enjoyable and informative read. Many thanks for the opportunity and I will be sure to leave a review.

    • Thanks so much for the kind words, Jean. I’m working on giving away more books, bonus chapters, and anything else I can think of on this blog in the future. You may want to subscribe so you don’t miss anything but that is entirely up to you. Thanks so much for visiting.

  7. Ms. O’Sullivan;
    This is a book we need! I’d be very proud to host an interview on my blog about the research and your reasons for writing it at your convenience after the launch date.

    • You are most welcome, Laura and for those who don’t know Laura, she is my cover artist and I have worked with her multiple times. She’s creative, a fabulous graphic artist and the best thing about her is she has worked with me in tandem until I was happy with our creation. If you need book covers or anything else along those lines, check out Laura@

  8. What a lovely blog to find in my in-box this morning! And it couldn’t have come at a better time. I am fulfilling the only thing on my bucket list – this April, I am traveling to Ireland. My sister journeyed there last fall and located the place where our ancestor once lived (Ballygawley, County Tyrone, Northern Ireland). She is going with me to show me all the places she discovered. Can I pre-order your book? It sounds like a must-have!

    • Absolutely, I will send you the book Free around May 1st. That is so wonderful that you are traveling in April. Right around the corner it is. Could you do me a favor and leave your first name here and I would love it you would come back and share anything at all about your trip with my readers.
      Warmly, Brighid

  9. Brighid – Your book sounds fascinating. I’m looking forward to it already. It sounds like you have put a lot of research into this volume, with the nuggets of Irish knowledge I thoroughly enjoy. Once it’s ready, you are more than welcome to write a guest post on my blog to help spread the word about it.
    Best of luck as you put the finishing touches on it.

  10. Dear Brighid, this will be a great book. Too many people in the USA live with terrible stereotypes about us and we need to change this. Your book could do it for those who are just ignorant about our beautiful culture and have not the closed minds of racists. You know, I lived in Costa Rica many years ago and told everyone I was Irish . People there wanted to know more about my culture and never knew the horrible stereotypes that people use in America about us. I have a home in Mexico and go there all the time. When I proudly say I am Irish, people open up, especially the educated that know about the Saint Patrick’s Batallion who fought along side the Mexicans in the 1840’s. They have an affinity with us. A few years ago, in the states, when I was at a birthday party, I told a person that I was Irish, when he told me where he was from. I was drinking a bottle of water, and he told me, “Oh, your Irish, you must like to drink a lot. He was an engineer , from another country, but lived here for years. I asked him where he got that idea. He said he found out about the Irish from people living here. This is so sad. We need more books like yours..We need to inculcate in ignorant people the obvious: Those Irish who have done wonderful things, and the majority of us, are NOT ALL ALCOHOLIC!!!

    • OH you are so right, Ray. That’s exactly why I wanted to writ the book. You have the most wonderful comments and you’re so full of great ideas. Must look up St Patrick’s Battalion in Mexico. I’m writing that down! If you ever want to write me a post, yourself, that would be delightful. Thank you so for stopping by, Ray.

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