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  1. 1. Ireland 17 th March
  2. 2. What do these things have in common? <ul><li>Braveheart </li></ul><ul><li>Saving Private Ryan </li></ul><ul><li>Titanic </li></ul><ul><li>Kennedy </li></ul><ul><li>Guinness </li></ul><ul><li>Limerick </li></ul><ul><li>Hurling </li></ul><ul><li>U2 </li></ul><ul><li>Gulliver </li></ul>                                     
  3. 3. A satellite picture of Ireland
  4. 4. The flag of Ireland
  5. 5. Who is this? <ul><li>Mary McAleese is the President of Ireland . </li></ul>
  6. 6. Map of Ireland
  7. 7. Profile <ul><li>Full country name: Éire (Republic of Ireland) </li></ul><ul><li>Area: 69,000 sq km </li></ul><ul><li>Population: 4 million </li></ul><ul><li>Capital City: Dublin </li></ul><ul><li>People: Irish; small immigrant populations </li></ul><ul><li>Language: English, Gaelic </li></ul><ul><li>Religion: 95% Roman Catholic, 3.4% Protestant </li></ul><ul><li>Government: democracy </li></ul><ul><li>Head of State: President (Republic) Mary McAleese </li></ul><ul><li>Monetary unit: EURO = 100 cents </li></ul><ul><li>National holiday: March 17th — St Patrick`s Day </li></ul><ul><li>Life expectancy: 74 years (men), 80 years (women) </li></ul><ul><li>Main exports: Machinery and equipment, chemicals, foodstuffs </li></ul><ul><li>Internet domain: .ie </li></ul><ul><li>International dialling code: +353 </li></ul><ul><li></li></ul>
  8. 8. Irish Landmarks
  9. 9. Mount Errigal, Co. Donegal (Winter Scene)
  10. 10. Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary
  11. 11. Poulnabrone Dolmen, The Burren, Co. Clare
  12. 12. Torc Waterfall, Killarney, Co. Kerry
  13. 13. A traditional song Cockles and Mussel s In Dublin's fair city , Where girls are so pretty , I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone As she wheeled her wheelbarrow Through streets broad and narrow Crying, &quot;Cockles and mussels, a live, alive-o ! “ Chorus: Alive, alive-o ! Alive, alive-o ! Crying, &quot;Cockles and mussels, a live, alive-o ! &quot;
  14. 14. She was a fishmonger And sure 'twas no wonder For so were her mother a nd father before , And as t hey wheeled their wheelbarrows Through streets broad and narrow , Crying, &quot;Cockles and mussels, a live, alive-o ! &quot; Chorus: Alive, alive-o ! Alive, alive-o ! Crying, &quot;Cockles and mussels, a live, alive-o ! &quot;
  15. 15. She died of a fever, And no-one could save her, And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone, But her ghost wheels her barrow Through streets broad and narrow Crying &quot;Cockles and mussels, a live, alive-o ! &quot; Chorus: Alive, alive-o ! Alive, alive-o ! Crying, &quot;Cockles and mussels, a live, alive-o ! &quot;
  16. 16. Halfpenny Bridge, Dublin City
  17. 17. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin
  18. 18. Oscar Wilde (Sculpture), Merrion Square, Dublin
  19. 19. Irish traditions <ul><li>Saint Patrick </li></ul><ul><li>Shamrock </li></ul><ul><li>“ Green” parades </li></ul><ul><li>Leprechauns </li></ul><ul><li>Beer </li></ul>
  20. 20. Saint Patrick
  21. 21. Shamrock (clover) <ul><li>The shamrock is a three-leafed clover and national emblem of Ireland. </li></ul><ul><li>I t is believed that St. Patrick used the shamrock to illustrate the Christian doctrine of the trinity . </li></ul><ul><li>For t he Celts, the shamrock was a sacred plant symboliz ing the rebirth of spring . </li></ul>
  22. 22. A four-leaf shamrock
  23. 23. Pot of luck
  24. 24. Leprechaun s <ul><li>Belief in leprechauns probably stems from Celtic belief in fairies. They were seen as tiny men and women who could use their magical powers for good or evil. T hey are known to protect the hidden pot of gold. </li></ul>
  25. 25. Traditional souvenirs from Ireland
  26. 26. Blessing
  27. 27. Musical instruments <ul><li>Harp </li></ul><ul><li>Fiddle </li></ul><ul><li>Accordion </li></ul><ul><li>Tin whistle </li></ul><ul><li>Pipe </li></ul><ul><li>Goat - skin drum </li></ul>
  28. 28. Limerics There was a young man from Leeds,  Who swallowed a packet of seeds,         Within an hour  his nose was a flower, And his head was a riot of weeds.
  29. 29. 17 th March, St.Patrick`s Day
  30. 30. “ Green” parades <ul><li>Saint Patrick`s day is celebrated by Irish and Irish Americans. </li></ul><ul><li>“ Green” parades march through the streets. </li></ul><ul><li>Bands play and people sing Irish songs. </li></ul><ul><li>Those who are not Irish themselves also wear green neckties and hair ribbons. </li></ul>
  31. 31. What do these words have in common? <ul><li>Braveheart </li></ul><ul><li>Saving Private Ryan </li></ul><ul><li>Titanic </li></ul><ul><li>Kennedy </li></ul><ul><li>Guinness </li></ul><ul><li>Limerick </li></ul><ul><li>Hurling </li></ul><ul><li>U2 </li></ul><ul><li>Gulliver, Pigmalion </li></ul><ul><li>Jigs </li></ul>                                     
  32. 32. A traditional song Galway Bay If you ever go across the sea to Ireland, Then maybe at the closing of your day, You will sit and watch the moon rise over Claddagh, And see the sun go down on Galway Bay . Just to hear again the ripple of the trout stream, The women in the meadow making hay. Just to sit beside a turf fire in the cabin, And watch the barefoot gosoons at their play.
  33. 33. Galway Bay For the breezes blowing o'er the sea from Ireland Are perfumed by the heather as they blow And the women in the uplands diggin' praties Speak a language that the strangers do not know. Yet the strangers came and tried to teach us their way. They scorned us just for being what we are. But they might as well go chasing after moon beams, Or light a penny candle from a star.
  34. 34. Galway Bay And if there's is going to be a life hereafter, And somehow I am sure there's going to be, I will ask my God to let me make my heaven, In that dear land across the Irish sea.  
  35. 35. The end