Dug a little deeper on the web and came across this link which mentions a birding conference many years ago selecting the LAPWING as Ireland national bird.
Anyone recall this event is it documented?
Ireland's National Bird is the Lapwing as agreed at a birding conference many years ago. The Lapwing's colours include green white and gold which are the colours on the Irish flag. The lapwing also breeds in Ireland all be it in declining numbers in recent years. It was once known as the Green Plover.
This is also appropriate for Ireland as green is a colour very associated with the country.