We've frequently marveled at the interconnections between people in Ireland. Seemingly random connections occur everywhere, discrediting any chaos theory and instead just proving that it's a small world (after all, repeat).
My wife and I, through separate channels, got to know someone pretty well. She through online activities, me through work with schools. Totally different paths, yet we ended up intersecting. How funny.
Then, this morning, it got ridiculous. At our son's school, another parent there knows him, too. They, in fact, have known each other since they were young out in West Cork when his family would go there for holidays and she happened to live nearby. They've been friends for more than 20 years.
So perhaps the Central Statistics Office is playing with the numbers and the population is perhaps much smaller than previously suggested.
Ireland should have the Three Degrees Of Any Irishman to supersede the Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. :-)