Practice Questions

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  1. When did the ice age finish in Ireland?
  2. Where did the first people in Ireland come from?
  3. When did the Celts come to Ireland?
  4. Where did the Celts come from?
  5. Who kept the precious books safe after the fall of Rome?
  6. When did the Vikings come to Ireland?
  7. When did the Normans come to Ireland?
  8. Who decided to reconquer Ireland in the 16th century?
  9. What was plantation?
  10. Who is the most hated man of Irish history?
  11. When was the Battle of the Boyne?
  12. Name two of the penal laws.
  13. When was the Battle of the Boyne?
  14. When did a Spanish fleet of ships come to help Ireland?
  15. What year did Ireland become part of the United Kingdom?
  16. Which song is about an old woman singing a song?
  17. Name two out of four of the rebel groups.
  18. Who tried to get rights for Irish Catholics?
  19. Who won rights for the Irish to own land?
  20. Who was the leader in the war for independence?
  21. Which country did most emigrants go to?
  22. What is the name of a famous Irish family, one member of whom became president of the U.S.?
  23. Which famous song about emigration is sung by a mother to her son?
  24. Many people were sent to Australia for small crimes. What was this called?
  25. When was the Great Potato Famine?
  26. How many people died in the Great Potato Famine?
  27. How many people emigrated during the Great Potato Famine?
  28. What was "home rule"?
  29. What year was the Easter Rising?
  30. How many of the leaders did the British execute?
  31. What was the name of the new political party?
  32. Who successfully led the Irish forces in a guerilla war for two years?
  33. During the second world war, did Ireland fight with England or with Germany?
  34. Why did violence begin in Northern Ireland in 1969?
  35. What is the population of Northern Ireland?
  36. When was the round tower in Glendalough built?
  37. Why were the stone circles built?
  38. What is a dolmen?
  39. Which historical site in Ireland is older than Stonehenge and the pyramids in Egypt?
  40. What is the name of the very old university in Dublin?