If I were to tell you one place spawned the creation of color photography, chocolate milk, and soda, I don't know how likely you would be to guess Ireland. But that's the place.
Irish inventors have a nice list of things they've contributed to mankind. On top of the previously mentioned items, we can add the submarine, modern chemistry, Guiness, the armored tank, aircraft ejection seat, rubber soles, and the atomic bomb. Quite a contribution, but not unexpected from a country nicknamed “the land of saints and scholars”.