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  • 1. Northern Ireland. My home! Population – approx 1,759,000 I am from here (Ballymena)
  • 2. Northern Ireland.
    • Ireland is divided into two countries, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland (Southern Ireland)
    • Northern Ireland is part of Ireland but legally it belongs to Great Britain and accounts for 1 of the 4 countries in the United Kingdom (England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland)
  • 3. Northern Ireland
    • For many years, there have been arguments in Northern Ireland between Catholic Nationalists (people who want a United Ireland) and Protestant Unionists (people who want to stay part of the United Kingdom)
    • Both sides signed the ‘Good Friday Agreement’ in 1998 and ‘The Troubles’ stopped. However, there are still arguments and violence from time to time
    • Although it is part of the UK, Northern Ireland has it’s own government in Belfast
  • 4. These are some of the flags you may see if you were to visit Northern Ireland.
  • 5. A few landmarks in Northern Ireland Stormont Parliament Buildings The Giants Causeway The Harland and Wolf cranes built the Titanic My University- Queens University Belfast
  • 6. Ballymena (my town)
    • Ballymena is an ancient town.
    • It dates back to the 5 th century.
    • It is situated in a valley about 35 km away from Belfast.
    • It is known as the ‘City of the Seven Towers’ as until recently you could see 7 towers on the horizon when entering the town.
    • It has a population of approx. 40,000
  • 7. Ballymena
    • In Ballymena, you can find the only volcano in Northern Ireland- Slemish. However, fortunately the volcano is extinct. This is the view from the top of the mountain.
    • Legend has it that St Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland who famously chased all of the snakes out of the country, kept his sheep on Slemish mountain.
  • 8. Ballymena Industry
    • Farming is a major industry in Ballymena and there are sheep and cows EVERYWHERE in the surrounding countryside.
    • However, Ballymena is mainly famous for its production of tyres, cigarettes and buses.
    • Recently, Ballymena has welcomed many major international shops and it is a very good town for shopping.
  • 9. A few basic facts about me 
    • My name is Klara Rebecca Leigh Tough
    • I was born in Belfast on the 28 th September 1988.
    • I study French and Spanish at Queens University in Belfast.
    • I am half Scottish (don’t worry if you can’t pronounce my second name!!)
    • I worked in H&M (the clothes shop) for 3 years until I came to Almonte.
    • I don’t like ice-cream!!
  • 10. … anything else you would like to know about my town or my life…you can ask me!!