|70 million people worldwide can trace their ancestry to Ireland. Stephen Roche became the first Irishman to win the Tour de France and the World Professional Road Championship. He is only the second rider in history to win the Giro d'Italia, Tour de France and the World Professional Championship in the same year.
10 Irish people have won Nobel prizes, including WB Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, David Hume and John Trimble. James Joyce opened the country's first cinema in Dublin in 1909.
If legend is to be believed, Irish monk St Brendan reached the New World before Christopher Columbus.