1. Government officials can stop your car to inspect it for eggs
The Marketing Of Eggs Act 1957 allows “an officer of the Ministry” to enter any pier, quay, wharf, jetty, ship, boat, aircraft, railway wagon, motor lorry, cart or other vessel or vehicle used for the conveyance of goods for the purpose of examining eggs on board.
2. It is illegal to smoke tobacco on Grafton Street
One of the most popular and widely believed bizarre “laws” in the country, is that it is illegal to smoke any form of tobacco on Grafton Street. However there is no clear evidence to support the claim that this is law, and even if it was, it is certainly one of the most regularly broken ones.
3. Leprechauns are a protected species
This one is actually somewhat true, as a European Union Habitats Directive announced that the Slieve Foy Mountain is a Designated Area of Protection for Flora, Fauna, Wild Animals and Little People. The area shot to fame when a leprechaun suit, bones and gold coins were found there in the 1980s, leading to the creation of the Carlingford National Leprechaun Hunt.
4. You must give a leprechaun a share of your dinner
This “law” supposedly dictates that if a leprechaun arrives at your door, you are legally obliged to give them a share of your dinner. However, there is no evidence that this law actually exists.
5. You can’t attend the cinema in Northern Ireland on a Sunday
This is also partly true, the Cinemas Order of 1991 requires a special licence for premises wishing to open on a Sunday. Otherwise, attending a cinema on a Sunday could see you landed with a £50 fine.
6. Freedom of Dublin allows you to graze sheep in the city
Surprisingly, this is true. Anyone bestowed with the Freedom of the City of Dublin is allowed to pasture sheep on common grounds within the city. Bono was the most famous person to exercise this right, as back in 2000 he and U2 bandmate Edge turned up on St Stephen’s Green with borrowed lambs. However, the ancient duties also dictate that every freeman or freewomen must be ready to defend the city from attack, and can be called on to join a city militia at short notice.