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Quiz: Did an Irish person invent this?

We can claim a fair number of inventions across the world.

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ALL GOING TO plan, there’ll be a welcome moment in the future when you get a Covid vaccine jabbed into your arm.

And you’ll have an Irishman to thank: Francis Rynd, inventor of the hypodermic needle.

He performed the first procedure using one in 1844 at The Meath hospital in Dublin.

He was not the first to use a syringe, and others went on to refine the technology, but Rynd’s invention is credited with laying the groundwork for this.

But it’s not just the syringe. Ireland – with its diaspora doing some heavy lifting here – can lay claim to a number of other inventions.

Test your knowledge on them below.

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Irish-born London-based aeronautics professor Patrick Hemsley designed the Concorde.
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Dubliner Robert Mallet developed seismology, the study of seismic waves in the earth's crust.
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The modern method of making rashers was perfected and patented by Waterford man Henry Denny.
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This gentleman, Samuel Haughton from Carlow, developed a commonly used method of capital punishment by hanging, known as the standard drop, which aimed to minimise the chance of any prolonged suffering.
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Don't be fooled by the name: Otto Frederick Rohwedde was originally from Ireland. He invented the sliced pan while living in Iowa.
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The Rhode Island Red chicken was developed through selective breeding on Rhode Island off Cork.
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An Irish man, John Philip Holland, designed the first commercially successful submarine.
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Snooker has its origins in Am Liathróid Tábla, a game with slightly different rules but still played in Connemara.
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Modern chemistry.
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The humble cream cracker.
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You are Sudocrem, invented by Thomas Smith.
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You are the nickel-zinc battery, invented by James Drumm
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You are the three-point linkage, invented by Harry Ferguson
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You are all the people who tried and failed to invent a viable submarine before John Philip Holland
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