Forget Irish cliches: How much do you really know about Ireland? Take our quiz.

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Forty shades of green, top o’ the morning to you, begorrah – everyone knows the Irish clichés, but Ireland is a small country with a rich and complex past. Its history includes not only revolutions and wars, but also artists, writers, and scientists. And while it may not be a world power, Ireland has a more complex relationship with Britain than many realize.

How much do you know about the real Ireland?

By , Correspondent

1. Legend has it that St. Patrick forever rid Ireland of which of the following?

St. Patrick is famed for introducing Christianity to pagan Ireland, but legend has it that he also accomplished the feat of driving snakes out of the country. The scientific reason for the absence of snakes in Ireland is different: the land bridge between Ireland and Britain (which is home to three varieties of snakes) was subsumed by the ocean over eight millennia ago, before snakes could migrate across. Red squirrels are found in Ireland, but are under pressure from competing species, the American Grey squirrels. The European Central Bank and the IMF left Ireland at the end of 2013 on their own initiative after the country completed its bailout program.

St. Patrick is famed for introducing Christianity to pagan Ireland, but legend has it that he also accomplished the feat of driving snakes out of the country. The scientific reason for the absence of snakes in Ireland is different: the land bridge between Ireland and Britain (which is home to three varieties of snakes) was subsumed by the ocean over eight millennia ago, before snakes could migrate across. Red squirrels are found in Ireland, but are under pressure from competing species, the American Grey squirrels. The European Central Bank and the IMF left Ireland at the end of 2013 on their own initiative after the country completed its bailout program.

St. Patrick is famed for introducing Christianity to pagan Ireland, but legend has it that he also accomplished the feat of driving snakes out of the country. The scientific reason for the absence of snakes in Ireland is different: the land bridge between Ireland and Britain (which is home to three varieties of snakes) was subsumed by the ocean over eight millennia ago, before snakes could migrate across. Red squirrels are found in Ireland, but are under pressure from competing species, the American Grey squirrels. The European Central Bank and the IMF left Ireland at the end of 2013 on their own initiative after the country completed its bailout program.

St. Patrick is famed for introducing Christianity to pagan Ireland, but legend has it that he also accomplished the feat of driving snakes out of the country. The scientific reason for the absence of snakes in Ireland is different: the land bridge between Ireland and Britain (which is home to three varieties of snakes) was subsumed by the ocean over eight millennia ago, before snakes could migrate across. Red squirrels are found in Ireland, but are under pressure from competing species, the American Grey squirrels. The European Central Bank and the IMF left Ireland at the end of 2013 on their own initiative after the country completed its bailout program.

Snakes

 

Red squirrels

 

Pagans

 

The European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund

 
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