Guinness, Father Ted and Sir Terry Wogan – voted the best things to come out of Ireland.

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Guinness, Father Ted and Sir Terry Wogan – voted the best things to come out of Ireland.

Hit sitcom Mrs Brown’s Boys placed 15th on the list, with boy band Westlife and also appearing in the final 20. A spokesman for Lottoland, which commissioned the study ahead of St Patrick’s Day, said: “There is much about Ireland that can and should be celebrated. “It’s a great time of year to think about all the amazing things to have originated in Ireland, as we approach St Patrick’s Day.

“The worlds of literature, art, music and comedy wouldn’t be the same, if it weren’t for the involvement of those from Ireland – and Northern Ireland.”

Irish mythology – including four-leaf clovers and pots of gold at the end of rainbows – came sixth on the list of why people love Ireland.

Former James Bond star Pierce Brosnan was 19th in the list.

The study found 48 percent selected the famous lilting accent as their favourite part of the region.

One in five even said they’d like to give up their current homeland and go live in Ireland if they had the chance.

Just under three in 10 respondents admit that a lot of the things they do, watch and listen to are influenced by Irish culture.

One in 10 also celebrate St. Patrick’s Day every year without fail, while a fifth are happy to go out occasionally.

To mark the occasion, 55 percent were hoping to head to the pub for a Guinness before the coronavirus lockdown, while one in three will wear something green.

Half of the population have attempted to emulate the Irish accent, according to the research.

One in 20 also confess they find it almost impossible, when meeting an Irish person, not to immediately talk to them in an Irish accent.

Lottoland’s spokesman added: “We have a lot to thank the Irish culture for, not least the excuse to celebrate St Patrick’s Day every year.

“It’s great to see that so many Britons will be celebrating all things Ireland this year, and those who want to harness the luck of the Irish might also want to take a chance on the Irish lotto, one lucky Briton did and won  £5 million.”

For more information on the Irish lotto, visit

The Top 20 Irish Or Northern Irish Exports

1. Guinness

2. Father Ted

3. Terry Wogan

4. The accent

5. George Best

6. Irish mythology (four-leaf clovers, pots of gold at the end of rainbows etc) 

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