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Northern Ireland

Facts & Figures

Northern Ireland Team Logo
  • Capital City: Belfast
  • Population: 2m
  • Languages: English, Irish Gaelic
  • Team Nickname: Green & White Army, Norn Iron
  • Official Team Web Site
  • Best World Cup Finals Performance: Quarter Finals (1958)
  • Best European Nations Championship Performance: Round of 16 (2016)
  • Official Fifa Ranking: 32 (November 2016)

Ideas for a Northern Irish Football Party

From 1882 to 1921 all of Ireland (i.e. both Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland) was represented by a single side, the Ireland National Football Team, organised by the Irish Football Association (IFA). In 1921 the jurisdiction of the IFA was reduced to Northern Ireland, although its team remained the national team for all of Ireland until 1950.

The Northern Ireland Football team reached the quarter finals of the World Cup in 1958. Since then, while tournament success may have been limited, they have scored notable victories over both England and Spain, and reached the last 16 at the Uefa Euro 2016 Finals.

Northern Irish Party Decorations

Food for a Northern Irish Football Party

Northern Ireland's cuisine reflects the country's close historical ties with both Scotland and the Republic of Ireland. Many traditional dishes are based around potatoes and bread, the staples historically. Traditionally the "Ulster Fry" was eaten for breakfast every day, but less so nowadays. For those not "in the know", an "Ulster Fry" is a fried breakfast, including bacon, sausages, eggs, a tomato and maybe some mushrooms, not to mention plenty of tea and toast. The difference between this and what some would consider a traditional Englsih fried breakfast is the bread served with it; in Northern Ireland, a fried breakfast is served with either (or both!) soda bread or potato bread farls.

Because of some shared heritage, you could get away with serving some "Irish" recipes for your Northern Ireland party, so we've included some below, but also added some more "specific" Northern Ireland dishes such as

Northern Irish Recipes

More General Irish Recipes

Drink for a Northern Irish Football Party

There are plenty of options drinks-wise if you're throwing a Northern Irish football party:

Firstly and most obviously, there's Guinness , regarded by most as Ireland's national drink, and enjoyed as much in the north as in the Republic.

Also popular in Irish pubs if you don't fancy a pint of the dark stuff is the cool refreshing Magners Irish Cider .

Then of course there's Irish whiskey, of which the two most famous brands are probably Jamesons and Bushmills .

And finally, as if we could forget, there's Baileys Irish Cream and all the cocktail options that go with it.

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