Nickel Zinc Batteries
Although it was Thomas Edison who first managed to paten the first Nickel battery in 1901 it was an Irish chemist named Dr. James Drumm who went on to develop a rechargeable nickel zinc battery system. The batteries were installed in four 2-car Drumm railcar sets between 1932 and 1948 for use on the Dublin to Bray Co. Wicklow line. The batteries were later investigated as an alternative to silver zinc batteries in military use around the world.
The Cure For Leprosy
The cure for Leprosy which is a debilitating and horrendous disease was developed by Vincent Christopher Barry who was an Irish scientist. Barry discovered the cure in the 1950's in a lab. at Trinity College Dublin. He synthesised a compound called b663 /[ clofazimine ] that was used as part of a multi drug antibiotic therapy used throughout the world.
The Tattoo Machine
Samuel O'Reilly was an Irish tattoo artist. He modified inventor Thomas Edison's electric pen and made it into an electric tattooing device in 1891. O'Reilly who tattooed many famous performers in the United States added an ink reservoir and multiple needles to Edison's device to make his contraption.
Colour Photography Inventor.
It was a man by the name of John Joly who was a physicist and a geologist and renowned for his inventions, one of them was The Joly Colour Process and the first practical method for colour photography. It was in the year of 1895 the inventor found the way to produce colour photography from a single plate. The Joly Colour Process was introduced commercially in 1896. It was deemed way to expensive, while the final image produced the process could not achieve the so called natural look. July transformed how we see the world today through his invention.
Chocolate Milk is not something we'd associate with being Irish, Chocolate milk was invented by an Irish born physician and collector Hans Sloane. It was Sloane who came across cocoa while on a trip to Jamaica when he seen the locals mixing the cocoa with water. Sloane decided to do his own little experimenting and mixed it with milk and paved the way for the abundance of chocolate drinks which have made half of the western world fat.
Whiskey Distilling Apparatus
It was a Dublin man by the name of Aeneas Coffey who invented a piece of apparatus known as the ''Coffey Still''. This invention made it easyier to separate alcohol from alcohol containing liquid. Coffey made the distilling process for beverages easier and economical.
The renowned Irish dry stout originated in the brewery of Arthur Guinness at St. James Gate, James Street Dublin Ireland. Guinness today is brewed in 60 countries around the world and has being described as one of the most successful brands on a global scale. Not all Guinness breweries make the same brands, for example Guinness Nigeria brew beers that are not made in Ireland such as Guinness Extra Foreign Stout, Malta Guinness, and Guinness Extra Smooth.
Sodocrem was invented by an Irishman named Thomas Smith who was a pharmacist . It was originally sold and marketed as ''Smiths Cream'' and became available in Ireland and the U.K. in the 1970's.
The Portable Defibrillator
The portable defibrillator was invented by Irish Cardiologist Frank Partridge in the 1960's. It has been deemed as one of the biggest breakthroughs in medicine. Partridge paved the way for Defibrillators to be used in ambulances. Before Frank invented the portable version defibrillators were only used in hospitals. In recent years many large companies and shopping centres have a portable unit on site with staff who are trained to use the device and it has saved hundreds of lives around Ireland.
Cheese And Onion Crisps
Tayto were the first chrisp manufacturer to produce the cheese and onion flavour.. The founder of the company Joe ''Spud'' Murphy first made tayto in his premises in Moore Street in the heart of Dublin in 1954. His first pack of crisps cost 4p. Up until recently the tayto company had a special pack which were sold in pubs only, and they were called ''Tayto Pub Crisps''. Today most crisp maker in the world has a cheese and onion flavour, all thanks to Spud Murphy.