CLIMATETHE CLIMATE OF IRELAND IS EQUABLE AND TEMPERATURES ARE FAIRLY UNIFORM OVER THE WHOLE COUNTRY.
FLORA & FAUNA• Only 26 land mammal species are native to Ireland as the red fox.
Aquatic wildlife, About 400such as species of species of birdsturtle, shark, have beenwhale, and recorded indolphin, are Ireland. Manycommon off the of these arecoast. migratory.
Until medieval Much of the land istimes, Ireland was now covered withheavily forested pasture, and therewith oak, pine and are many species ofbirch. wild-flower.
POPULATIONIreland has been inhabited since thestone age. People moved westwardsacross the European continent formore than seven thousand years andsettled in the country.The major centres of population areDublin, Cork,Galway, Limerick andWaterford.
CURRENCYThe Irish pound (English) or punt Éireannach (Irish) was the currency of Ireland.
Ireland, which has been inhabited for about 7,000 years, has experienced many incursions and invasions, resulting in a rich mixture of ancestry and traditions.NEWGRANGE
By the sixth century B.C. waves of Celtic invaders from Europe began to reach the country. The Celts, did generate a cultural and linguisticTIPICAL CELTIC CROSS unity.
TheintroductionofChristianityin the fifthcentury A.D.Istraditionallycredited toSaintPatrick.
THE SIXTH AND SEVENTH CENTURIES SAW A FLOWERING OF IRISH ART, LEARNING AND CULTURE CENTERING ON THE MONASTERIES.
During the ninth and tenthcenturies, Ireland was regularly raided by the Vikings.
Following the defeat of the Vikings by Brian Boru, at Clontarf in 1014, the Viking influence faded.
In the twelfthcentury, theNormans andtheirdescendantswere aninfluentialpresence inIreland during400 years. DURHAM CATHEDRAL
RELIGIOUS DIFERENCES BETWEENENGLAND AND IRELAND BECAME A SERIES OF REVOLTS IN IRELAND
IN THE SEVENTEENTH CENTURY, AFTER THE BATTLES OF THE BOYNE (1690) AND AUGHRIM (1691) MANY OF THE GAELIC IRISH LEFT IRELAND AND THE PROTESTANTS MONOPOLISED POLITIC POWER AND OWNERSHIP OF THE LAND, AND PENAL LAWSDISCIRMINATED AGAINST CATHOLICS
IN THE EIGHTEENTH CENTURY, THERE WAS MUCH ECONOMIC DEVELOPEMENT
SUSTAINED IRISH EMIGRATION BEGAN IN THEEIGHTEENTH CENTURY, AS MANY THOUSANDS OFULSTER PRESBYTERIANS AND A LESSER NUMBER OF CATHOLICS DEPARTED FOR THE NEW WORLD
IN THE LATE OF 1840s, A TERRIBLE FAMINEOCURRED , AND ONE MILLION PEOPLE DIED IN IRELAND.
THE FIRST WORLD WAR CHANGED EVERYTHING:IN 1916 A REPUBLIC WAS DECLARED IN DUBLIN AND AN ARMED INSURRECTION TOOK PLACE.
Curiosity about the languageSorry the sadness is upon me (Tá orm Hebron)I have a car there is a car in me (Tá carr agam)I like music music is good to me (Is liom ceol Maitha) The Irish alphabethas only 18 letters.j, k, q, v, w, x, y, z.
IRISH CURES PEDERAST The reputation of the Cardinal Sean Brady,Catholic church in admitted being at aIreland has been severely meeting wheredamaged children abused by the convicted paedophile.
The scandal has His comments drewalso damaged condemnationthe pope from child abuse victims groups and Jewish representatives.
Irish priest committed abuse, destroyed family
Many victims on two continents, like Helen McGonigle, are living reminders of the crimes of this pedophile priest at the center of a sex scandal in the Irish Catholic church.
Records dating back to the 1950s show Smyth was moved from parish to parish, . each time under a cloud of suspicion, after a family came forward to report the priest was an abuser. http://edition.cnn.com/2010/CRIME/03/17/ireland.abuse.abroad/index.html
HOMOSEXUAL TEACHERS COULD BE LEGALLYDESCRIMINATED AGAINST
Current legislation to promote equality in the workplace continues to allow religious schools to discriminate against teachers whose lifestyle they consider contrary to their religious values.
In 1998, religious schools may discriminate against Ireland homosexual teachers, divorced, or living with a partner without married.In June 2009 of a bill that would authorize civil unions for same-sex couples (which is currently before Parliament), although some teachers that make use of the new law may face reprisals in their centers.