Irish Symbols

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Irish Symbols

  1. 1. IRISH SYMBOLS What are they? What do they mean?
  2. 2. THE IRISH FLAG <ul><li>The green represented the Catholic majority </li></ul><ul><li>The orange was the colour of the Protestant population. </li></ul><ul><li>The white symbolises a hope of peace or unity between the two </li></ul>
  3. 3. THE SHAMROCK <ul><li>It was probably made most famous by St. Patrick, the Patron Saint of Ireland. He used it to help explain the mystery of the Holy Trinity to the pagans, in his quest to bring Christianity to the country. </li></ul>
  4. 4. THE CELTIC CROSS <ul><li>It’s a mixture of the traditional Christian cross and the pagan worship of the sun. </li></ul><ul><li>Each cross is intricately carved with images from the Bible and Celtic symbols like knots and spirals. </li></ul>
  5. 5. THE LEPRECHAUN <ul><li>He possesses a pot of gold. </li></ul><ul><li>If you can find a leprechaun and keep him in your sight he must tell you where the gold is. </li></ul>
  6. 6. THE HARP <ul><li>The musicians of ancient chieftains played the harp and today we'll see it on coins, the presidential flag, uniforms, state seals and so on. </li></ul><ul><li>The Celtic harp is said to stand for immortality of the soul. </li></ul>
  7. 7. THE CLADDAGH RING <ul><li>It’s related to the City of Galway. </li></ul><ul><li>The hands of the ring are shown holding the heart and the hands denote friendship and togetherness, the heart itself signifies love and the crown in the claddagh ring stands for loyalty . </li></ul>
  8. 8. ACTIVITIES <ul><li>Go to the following link and do the activity proposed: </li></ul><ul><li>http://quia.com/cb/480656.html </li></ul><ul><li>Go to the following link and do the webquest: </li></ul><ul><li>http ://questgarden.com/q/irishsymbols </li></ul>

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