The Irish are an entrepreneurial bunch. Below are ten business ideas that originated in Ireland and changed the world.
It’s difficult coming up with an original business idea. Today, it seems most startups are trying to provide a different version of something else using an app or a piece of software. Back in the day, when people were made of sterner stuff, and computers were non-existent, people had ideas and made things that shaped the world forever.
Below are ten ideas, conceived in Ireland, that went on to leave an indelible mark on human history.
Perhaps the tastiest invention of all time? It was invented by Henry Denny, a Waterford butcher, in 1820.
The hypodermic syringe
In 1844, Francis Rynd, a Dublin doctor, performed the world’s first subcutaneous injection with his homemade hypodermic syringe.
The modern stamp
The perforated stamp was invented by an Irish printer, Henry Archer in the 1840s.
Artificial fertiliser was invented in 1817 by James Murray, an Irish doctor with a keen interest in chemistry. Dr Murray also invented Milk of Magnesia.
The modern stethoscope
The binaural stethoscope was invented in 1850 by the Irish doctor Arthur Leared.