13 Facts About Munster


Munster is one of the provinces of Ireland, in the south of Ireland.

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In early Ireland, the Kingdom of Munster was one of the kingdoms of Gaelic Ireland ruled by a "king of over-kings".

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Notable regional kingdoms and lordships of Early Medieval Munster were Iarmuman, Osraige, Ui Liathain, Ui Fidgenti, Eile, Muscraige, Ciarraige Luachra, Corcu Duibne, Corcu Baiscinn, and Deisi Muman.

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School of Ross in Munster was one of Europe's leading centres of learning in the Early Middle Ages.

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Several sports in Munster are organised on a provincial basis, or operate competitions along provincial lines.

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Munster is the only province in Ireland wherein every one of its counties has won an All-Ireland Senior Hurling Championship.

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Traditionally, the dominant teams in Munster football are Kerry GAA and Cork GAA, although Tipperary GAA and Limerick GAA have won All-Ireland Senior Football Championships.

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Munster Rugby is an Irish Rugby Football Union representative side which competes in the Pro14 competition, winning in 2003,2009 and 2011 and in the Heineken Cup, winning in 2006 and 2008.

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Until 2016, the Munster side was the only Irish side to have defeated the New Zealand All Blacks.

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Irish language, or more specifically Munster Irish, is spoken as a first language in Gaeltachtai in a number of areas in the province.

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Munster is the largest of Ireland's four provinces by land area, and the third largest by population.

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Munster has many large towns and is the province with the most cities in the Republic of Ireland.

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The largest employment hub in Munster is Metropolitan Cork, where a number of multinational firms are located in the Cork city area, including at Little Island.

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