An embarrassing survey has found that 33 percent of Irish people are unable to locate County Cavan on a blank map of Ireland.

The survey, carried out by Jury’s Inn, an Irish hotel chain, found that 20 percent also don’t know where Tipperary or Mayo is.

They also asked participants if they knew where “well-known” attractions were located in the country. Fifty percent of Irish people could not say where the Aran Islands or the Blarney Stone is located. In fact 55 percent said they had never heard of the Aran Islands.

The study also found the 25 percent did not know where Benbulben is and ten percent had no idea where the Giant’s Causeway is.

The survey also showed that many Irish didn’t recognize unusual place names. Eighty-two percent did not believe that Doodys Bottoms, in County Wicklow, and Bastardstown, in Wexford, existed.

While 72 percent of respondents said they would like to explore the country 25 percent admitted they have traveled more abroad than at home. In fact, 45 percent of those surveyed had not kissed the Blarney Stone and a shocking 60 percent have never visited Newgrange.

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.”

In case you were having a bit of trouble yourself here’s a labeled map. Why not scroll up and test your own knowledge.


Embarrassing survey shows that the Irish need to take a lot more staycations and look at a map!