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(Really hard) Irish citizenship test: will you pass?

Do you remember what Biddy and Miley’s daughters were called?

There's Biddy and Miley, but what are those kids' names?
There's Biddy and Miley, but what are those kids' names?
Image: RTE Stills Library

DAVID CAMERON WAS a little bit scarlet when US TV host David Letterman sprang a few British history questions on him on telly last night.

He was asked things that a man of his stature might have been expected to know about his homeland, such as who wrote Rule Brittania and what does ‘Magna Carta’ mean.

We’ve decided to compile an Irish citizen test in a similar vein. Be warned, it’s hard. No complaining. Or cheating. There’s a link to the answers at the end.

1. How many times did Johnny Logan win the Eurovision as a performer or composer?

2. What was the name of the puppeteer who first had her hand up Bosco’s bum?

3. Who wrote the music for Ireland’s national anthem Amhrán na bhFiann?

4. Who was the first presenter of The Lyrics Board?

5. How old is Twink (really)?

6. Can you hum the theme tune to The Sunday Game? Now the Late Late Show theme? Tricky.

7.Who was the goalie Ray Houghton scored against when Ireland played Italy in Giants Stadium, New York during the 1994 World Cup?

8. What is Daniel O’Donnell’s wife’s name?

9. Which of these was not a presenter on Echo Island? Dara Ó Briain, Derek Mooney, Bláthnaid Ní Chofaigh, Mary Kingston, Ryle Nugent, Carrie Crowley

10. What was Tesco called in Ireland before it was called Tesco?

11. Who was the first presenter of The Den?

12. Who was the only Irish man to win the Tour de France?

13. What were the names of Biddy and Miley’s children in Glenroe?

14. What were the names of the aviators who made the first non-stop transatlantic flight from Newfoundland to Connemara in 1919?

15. What county is Limerick Junction in?

16. Name two presenters of Play the Game

17. Who won the All-Ireland senior hurling final in 2011?

18. Who wrote Under the Hawthorn Tree?

19. Name two Patrick Kavanagh Poems that appeared in the poetry book Soundings

20. Who was the Taoiseach (Feb 1992 – Dec 1994) between Charles Haughey (Mar 1987 – Feb 1992) and John Bruton (Dec 1994 – June 1997)?

We told you it was hard. How did you do? The answers are revealed here.

Let us know in the comments section how you did…

- Additional brainstorming by TheJournal.ie staff

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