Not only do Irish people struggle to recognise counties on a map of Ireland, but one in four of us (24%) have visited more landmarks abroad than we have in our own fair isle. That’s according to new research from hotel group Jurys Inn, who are encouraging Irish people to get to know their cities and spend more time exploring the host of landmarks and attractions that are located right on their doorstep.
The study revealed that Irish people find it difficult to simply recognise Irish counties on a map, with over a third (35%) not able to locate Cavan on the map of Ireland. 18% of those surveyed couldn’t recognise Tipperary, and a further one in five (20%) were unable to identify Mayo.
When asked to determine if some of our nation’s more unusual place names were real or fake, a whopping 82% of those surveyed reckon that Doodys Bottoms doesn’t exist, something that the people of Co. Wicklow might take offence to! What’s more, 64% had never heard of Bastardstown in the sunny south East of Co Wexford, believing it to be a made-up name.
It’s not just the locations of counties we’re stumped by, it’s our knowledge of Irish attractions too, with the survey results showing that:
- 25% could not name the county that is home to Ben Bulben,
- 1 in 10 confessed they have no idea where the Giant’s Causeway is
- 60% have never seen the passage tombs of Newgrange
- 55% haven’t visited Galway’s Aran Islands
- 45% are yet to kiss the Blarney Stone
The survey also revealed that, while the vast majority of us (72%) are keen to explore the Emerald Isle further, we are increasingly overlooking the sights and landmarks right outside our door, with 25% of us claiming to have visited more attractions abroad than in our home country.
Suzanne Cannon, Group Marketing Manager at Jurys Inn said: “Ireland has a host of great cities that blend rich history with vibrant culture, from food trails and stunning landscapes, to ‘craic agus ceol!’ With millions of tourists flocking to Ireland each year to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy the incredible array of attractions, we’re making it our mission to encourage Irish people to explore the landmarks that are right under their nose!”
Jurys Inn hotels are located in the heart of Dublin, Cork, Galway and Belfast, with a team of experts on hand who can advise on Ireland’s hidden (and not so hidden) gems.