First of all…Where is Ireland? Ireland is a small country in Europe. It is an island, which means it is sorrounded by sea.
Ireland is an island divided into two parts. Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom. Colour Northern Ireland orange. The Republic of Ireland is an independent country. Colour it green. Dublin is the capital city. Colour it purple. Shannon is the longest river. Colour it blue. Carrountoohill is the highest mountain. Colour it yellow. Colour the sea around Ireland blue. In Ireland, there are lovely rivers, hills, green fields and lakes Ireland has two official languages: English and Irish (or Gaelic ). You might hear someone say “Erin go bragh” on St. Patrick’s Day, which is Gaelic for “Ireland forever.”Can you locate Blarney Castle on the map? What is Blarney Castle famous for?
Symbols of IrelandIrish flag Leprechaun Irish harp The Irish harp and the Shamrock are both symbols of Ireland ShamrockCeltic cross
Celtic music usestraditional instruments suchas the fiddle, tin whistle andbodhran (Irish drum). (Animated photo from: http://www.drumdojo.com/world/ireland/bodhranintro.htm)
The harp is a symbol of Ireland. It can be seen on the presidential flag and on the back of the Irish Euro coin.(Photo from: http://www.publicmuseum.oshkosh.net/Exhibits/Communities/communities.html) (Photos from: http://www.eurocoins.co.uk/ireland.html)
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SPORT• The game of Hurling is Ireland’s national sport and passion. It is played with a ball and sticks and it has prehistoric origins. When it is played by women it is called Camogie.• http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fu7jqZOmybc
The Leprechaun’s Legend The Leprechaun is the most famous of all magical creatures in Ireland. He is said to be only 60 centimetres tall and usually wears a green cloak, a pointed hat and boots. They are shoemakers. The Leprechauns are the guardians of the Viking treasure, which they bury in pots called crocks and they hide under the rainbow . If someone catches him, the Leprechaun will promise great riches, but if you stop There are looking at him he will thousands of disappear in a second.
Next we will see some pictures about beautiful places in Ireland
Typical Irish doors
Halfpenny Bridge in Dublin
Ashford Castle. Connemara
CLIFFS OF MOHER
Pollet Arch. DONEGAL
Some famous writersJonathan Swift was born in Dublin in 1667. He was an Irish cleric, and poet. His most famous work Is Gulliver’s travels. He died in 1745.Oscar Wilde was born in 1854 in Dublin. He was an Irish novelist and poet He wrote many tales as The Happy Prince and The Nightingale and the Rose . He died in Paris in 1900.George Bernard Shaw was born in Dublin in 1856. He was a dramatist and literary critic. He wrote more than sixty plays. He was awarded with the Nobel Prize (1925) for his contribution to literature. His famous work is Pygmalion. He died in 1950.
Musicians• U2: It’sthe most popular rock group from Ireland. They are from Dublin. The band consists of Bono (the singer) and three musicians. They have got 15 albums. The band is active in human rights, international development and social justice causes. http://www.u2.com/• The Chieftains : They are a band of Irish traditional music. It consists of six members. Each one plays a traditional Irish instrument and Paddy Maloney is the bands leader and composes or arranges most of the bands music. This group has got many Grammy awards and it’s got many albums as well. http://www.thechieftains.com/discography/• The Corrs : are a Celtic folk-rock group from Dundalk (Ireland). The members of the the band
LISTEN TO IRISH MUSIC: Shoe the donkey(mazurka) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4oG44RGPtEE Riverdancehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B718RsboGEI&feature=related The Corrshttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KEJa_VgpIAc&feature=related
Let’s have a go at Irish dancing with the song “The devil is dead”DANCING STEPSIn threes, join hands and:• Move the right foot from right to left 3 times.• Move the left foot from left to right 3 times.• Walk 3 steps forwards.• Walk 3 steps backwards. (Repeat).Come back to initial position. Raise hands and go under the arch as if weaving in and out.Repeat all the steps