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Amazing Irish Achievements & Inventions!

Here is a small snapshot of the amazing achievements and inventions of Irish people. The ambition, creativity and inventiveness of Irish people has had a hugely positive effect on the world we live in. We have so much to be proud of and without doubt there is far more to come.

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The Hypodermic Syringe - Invented by Dr Francis Rynd of Dublin. In 1845, Dr. Rynd published an article in the ‘Dublin Medical Press' reporting how he had successfully used a hypodermic syringe to inject fluids into a patient. Thanks to the genius of this Irish Doctor billions of vaccinations, bloods and tranfusion are carried out every year to protect the world from serious viruses and diseases.

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Born in 1755 in Callan, County Kilkenny, James Hoban is the brilliant Irish Architect who, in 1792 designed The White House in Washington DC. He also designed The Octagon House in New York in 1802 and The First Bank Of The United States in Philadelphia in 1795.

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Guided Missiles - Born in 1852 in Castlebar, Co. Mayo, Louis Brennan was the inventor of the world's first guided missile - a torpedo like device which was used as an early coastal defence mechanism.

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The Ferguson System: Born in Dromore, County Down in 1884. Farmers son Harry Ferguson designed and built a new plough which was coupled to the tractor in three-point linkage, so that both formed a single unit. This Ferguson System, patented in 1926, would go on to revolutionise farming worldwide. He would also invent the very first 4 wheel drive Formula 1 racing car The Ferguson P99

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The Oscar - The golden Oscar statue that is handed out at the Academy Awards every year was designed by Irish man Cedric Gibbons, who was born in Dublin in 1893. Cedric Gibbons emigrated to the US, went to work in Hollywood, and would become one of MGM’s top set designers working on over 1,500 films. After designing the coveted prize, Cedric Gibbons went on to win a dozen Oscars himself

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The Submarine – John Philip Holland was born in 1841 at Liscannor County Clare. A highly skilled engineer, in 1878  he invented the the first  submarine to be formally commissioned by the U.S. Navy and the first ever Royal Navy submarine, the Holland 1.

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Induction Coil – In 1799 Father Nicholas Callan was born at Dromiskin, Co. Louth. As well as being a priest he was also an inventor of some renown and he invented both the induction coil (1836) and the self exacting dynamo (1838), both of which are still being used in motorised vehicles to this day.

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Shorthand Speed Writing -  Born in County Monaghan in 1867, John Robert Gregg invented the shorthand system of speed writing in 1888. The Gregg system modelled the mechanics and positioning of traditional writing and was later adapted to several languages, and is still used today.

This is just a small sample of the many thousands of Irish Success stories I discovered since 2020 and I will continue to research and share Irish success stories, both modern and historic, from all over the world.

Every week these Irish Success stories are shared to an audience of over 1,000,000 Irish people worldwide across a number of social media platforms. That audience is growing daily proving that there is a genuine appetite amongst Irish people for inspirational Irish success stories.

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