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5 Inventions by the Irish that Changed the World

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In our countdown to the Delray Beach Emergency Services St. Paddy's Day parade, I invite you to explore everything Irish with me. In this series I promise you will be well-versed about the people, their influence on the world and the parade itself.

This is not your ordinary trivia series--this is a fun, fact chasing series through the history and notable contributions of the Irish people.

Some of those contributions may surprise you...

5 Inventions by the Irish that changed the world:

  1. Guinness: I'll start with this one which is the least surprising. Arthur Guinness was so confident about his product that he signed a 9,000 year lease with St. Jame's Gate Brewery in 1759. His confidence was hardly in vain as Guinness is enjoyed 250 years after its creation and to the tune of sales which exceed $2.6 billion. To this, I say, Slainte!
  2. Color Photography: This is a notable contribution to the world--or to how we see it. John Joly invented the single plate color photo in 1894. This is what he is most known for, but Mr Joly was also noted for the meldometor used to determine what the melting point of minerals are. He then went on to invent the calorimetor to measure heat and the photometer which determines the intensity of light as well as the use of radiation for the treatment of cancer.
  3. Trans Atlantic Phone Calls: Lord Kelvin Thomson established the Atlantic Telegraph Cable in 1865. He was knighted for this such accomplishment. He assisted in the laying of the cable which ran from Newfoundland to County Cork. He was another Irishman who had his irons in more than one fire. He had an intense interest in thermodynamics and the measurement of temperature. He is responsible for "The Kelvin Scale" of temperature measurement.
  4. Curing Leprosy: Vincent Barry made an accidental discovery that would go on to cure 15 million people of the debilitating and devastating disease. He stumbled upon this cure when he was desperately looking for a solution to the growing tuberculosis issue.
  5. The Tractor: Invented by a bicycle repair man--farming would never be the same after Harry Ferguson AKA "The Mad Mechanic" invented the first tractor system called the Ferguson Tractor. Modern tractors still use the same basic design. And as always the Irish have to be involved in more than one project. Harry Ferguson was the first Irishman to fly. He built his own plane, motorcycle and the first 4 wheel Formula One race car.

Next week join me for some of the most unusual secrets about the St.Paddy's Day parade that you can share with family and friends before you go! And you will join us we hope, at the 2014 Emergency Services St.Paddy's Day parade. Learn even more about the history and what goes on in the community of Delray Beach Florida.

Something special happens every year in Delray on St.Paddy's Day. Find out more at



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