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(Really hard) Irish citizenship test: the answers

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WE WARNED YOU it was hard…

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

Three times. Johnny Logan won twice as a performer (What’s Another Year in 1980, Hold me Now in 1987) and once as a composer (Why Me, sung by Linda Martin in 1992)

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

Miriam Lambert was the first Bosco. In later years Paula Lambert took over the role.

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

Peadar Kearney and Patrick Heeney

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

Aonghus McAnally

5. How old is Twink (really)?

Twink is 61. She was born on 4 April 1951

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?

Gianluca Pagliuca

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

Majella O’Donnell (née McClelland)

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

Ryle Nugent

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

Quinnsworth. We will also accept Crazy Prices.

11. Who was the first presenter of The Den?

Ray D’Arcy (Ian Dempsey presented Dempsey’s Den)

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

Stephen Roche. He won in 1987

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

Mary-Ann and Denise

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

Alcock and Brown (John Alcock and Arthur Whitten Brown)

15. What county is Limerick Junction in?


16. Name two presenters of Play the Game

Ronan Collins and Derek Davis

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

Kilkenny (they beat Tipperary)

18. Who wrote ‘Under the Hawthorn Tree’?

Marita Conlon McKenna

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

Stony Grey Soil, Advent, Memory of my Father, Iniskeen Road: July Evening, Canal Bank Walk, Lines Written on a Seat on the Grand Canalm Dublin

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

Albert Reynolds

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