By: Mackenzie Murray Period 5
Why go to Ireland?
I think Ireland is a very interesting country. Especially when it comes to it's history. "In the Stone and Bronze Ages, Ireland was inhabited by Picts in the north and a people called the Erainn in the south, the same stock, apparently, as in all the isles before the Anglo-Saxon invasion of Britain. Around the 4th century B.C. , tall, red-haired Celts arrived from Gaul or Galicia. They subdued and assimilated the inhabitants and established a Gaelic civilization. By the beginning of the Christian Era, Ireland was divided into five kingdoms—Ulster, Connacht, Leinster, Meath, and Munster. Saint Patrick introduced Christianity in 432, and the country developed into a center of Gaelic and Latin learning. Irish monasteries, the equivalent of universities, attracted intellectuals as well as the pious and sent out missionaries to many parts of Europe and, some believe, to North America.
Norse incursions along the coasts, starting in 795, ended in 1014 with Norse defeat at the Battle of Clontarf by forces under Brian Boru. In the 12th century, the pope gave all of Ireland to the English Crown as a papal fief. In 1171, Henry II of England was acknowledged “Lord of Ireland,” but local sectional rule continued for centuries, and English control over the whole island was not reasonably secure until the 17th century. In the Battle of the Boyne (1690), the Catholic King James II and his French supporters were defeated by the Protestant King William III (of Orange). An era of Protestant political and economic supremacy began.
By the Act of Union (1801), Great Britain and Ireland became the “United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland.” A steady decline in the Irish economy followed in the next decades. The population had reached 8.25 million when the great potato famine of 1846–1848 took many lives and drove more than 2 million people to immigrate to North America," it says in http://www.infoplease.com/country/ireland.html. I used this quote because it talks a lot about Ireland's history. It tells how Ireland became the way it is today.
"Ireland's national holiday is St. Patrick's Day, celebrated on March 17. St. Patrick is Ireland's saint and his feast day has become a special occasion, not only for Irish people but for many other people as well, for thousands of people In Ireland, the day begins with church services. Later in the day, parades are held all over. The principal parade takes place in Dublin. Easter Sunday is celebrated with church services, followed by festive family meals. Children boil and decorate eggs and have contests to see who can eat the most eggs." It says that in the website below.
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- 1:25p departure 2h 20m
- Denver (DEN) American Airlines 2726 Economy / Coach (M) Canadian Regional Jet 700 Seat Preview
- American Airlines 2726 operated by ENVOY AIR AS AMERICAN EAGLE
- 4:45p arrival Sun, May 18
1h 45m layover Chicago (ORD)
- 6:30p departure 7h 30m
- Chicago (ORD) American Airlines 92 Economy / Coach (M) Boeing 767-300 Seat Preview
- 8:00a arrival Mon, May 19
Total Distance: 4,569 mi
Lodging and Hotel: Where will you be staying?
I am staying in
The Westbury Hotel
My hotel costs $2,287.What does your hotel offer? What does your room look like?
my hotel says: "Make yourself at home in one of the 205 air-conditioned rooms featuring minibars. Your room comes with a pillowtop bed. Complimentary wireless Internet access keeps you connected, and satellite programming is available for your entertainment. Private bathrooms have hair dryers and bathrobes.
Enjoy recreation amenities such as a fitness center or take in the view from a rooftop terrace. This hotel also features babysitting/childcare, gift shops/newsstands, and a hair salon.
Enjoy a meal at a restaurant or in a coffee shop/café. Or stay in and take advantage of the hotel's 24-hour room service. Quench your thirst with your favorite drink at a bar/lounge.
Featured amenities include complimentary high-speed (wired) Internet access, a business center, and audiovisual equipment. Event facilities at this hotel consist of a ballroom, banquet facilities, and exhibit space. Parking (subject to charges) is available onsite."
Activities/ Site to See: What to do in Ireland
Activity 1: Kite Surfing
Description: Kite surfing with a certified instructor.
Time: 3 hour session
Activity 2: Shopping
Description: Visit different stores in Ireland
Cost: I will have a limit of $150 to spend shopping in Ireland.
Time: About 4 hours
Activity 3: Chocolate Work Shoppe
Description: Take a tour and sample chocolateCost: $17.24
Time: All day