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  • Ireland101

    1. 1. 7 things you should know about Ireland....1. People2. History3. Language4. Dance5. Music6. Drink7. St. Patrick’s Day
    2. 2. PeopleFriendly, WarmChatty, Speak in riddles, joke a lot, self-deprecatingWhite, mostly Catholic-raisedMYTH: NOT all red-heds, not as influenced byCatholic Church anymore
    3. 3. HistoryPEACEBattle with Britain (our Neighbour!!) - a 700 yearbattle which began when they were invited by an IrishLeader to IrelandU2 - ‘Sunday Bloody Sunday’, Patriotic BalladsNEUTRAL, an active peacekeeping force with UN
    4. 4. Language(s)Mostly speak English. Irish spoken in pockets andknown by many natives.President Obama spoke Irish in 2011 saying“B’Fheider linn” - ????Even the Queen of England spoke Irish on her veryfirst visit to Ireland 2011
    5. 5. Dance“Riverdance”, “Lord of the Dance”Jigs, Reels, HornpipesSet Dancing - fun social - husband
    6. 6. Music‘Trad’Ballads - Soldier, Love Songs, Emigration, Missing homeContemporary: Enya, The Script, U2,Van Morrison, ThinLizzy, Sinead O Connor and even the ‘Lady in Red’ guy
    7. 7. Drink.....Not all Irish people drink - No. 16 per capita (behindMoldova, Uganda, Czech, Russia, Portugal) French 17,UK 18“My Goodness, My Guinness” - now a UKConglomerate - profits go to London, EnglandThe ‘Craic’ - bars are lively, Lounges like Cafes - also aplace for polite, quiet conversation
    8. 8. St. Patrick’s DaySt. Patrick was not Irish - He was Welsh.Irish Leaders always leave Ireland to visit the WhiteHouse and U.S. PresidentNational HolidayWe don’t wear green, pinch each other or buildLeprechaun traps at school.Unlikely to eat corn beef and cabbage on St. Patrick’sDay

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