Emily Kohlberg - May 12 - Period 6
"Fe Mhoid Bheith Saor"
Ireland has a mild climate. It is warmed by the Gulf Stream and North Atlantic Drift. It Is very rainy especially on the Atlantic coast. The best time to visit Ireland is during summer.
Winters are moderate. Temperatures usually don't drop below freezing. However, higher elevations do receive snow.
Summer temperatures are mild. The east coast is the warmest place in Ireland. The highs are sometimes in the low 80s.
In the map, the darker red areas are the areas with the most rainfall.
Languages: English and Irish (Gaelic or Gaeilge) are the official languages. English is the most commonly spoken and Irish is mainly spoken on the west coast.
January 1 - New Year's Day
St. Patrick's Day is celebrated with week long festivals in Ireland. Everyone goes to Mass on St. Patrick's Day. Then they get together with their families and feast on Irish dishes. Most commonly people eat pink bacon or roast chicken.
Christmas in Ireland lasts from Christmas Eve to January 6th which is the Feast of Epiphany. An old tradition is to let a candle burn in a person's largest window overnight. However, not many houses do that anymore. A day after Christmas is St. Stephen's Day and festivals occur. During the Feast of Epiphany, they eat round cake, turkey, spiced beef, and Christmas Pudding.
Roman Catholic - 87.4%
Church of Ireland - 2.9%
Different types of Christian - 1.9%
Other - 2.1%
Unspecified - 1.5%
None - 4.2%
The Dublin Castle has a rich history and has fulfilled many uses. It was originally built as a fort for defensive, but later it evolved into a royal home. It was occupied by British rule until 1922. Once the Free Estate in Ireland was founded in 1922, the castle was used as a court. In 1938, it was decided that their president would take place in the castle. It is really cool and a must visit on any trip to Ireland!
They are three islands that are at the mouth of Galway Bay. This is on the west coast of Ireland. The biggest island is called Inishmore, the middle island is called Inishmaan, and the smallest island is called Inisheer. These islands are rich in Irish heritage, language, and culture. These islands are like a blast from the past. They will take you back to a time of Celts and early Christians! All it takes is a small ferry ride to get there. It has unique geology with cliffs, beaches, and much more. While you are there, you cannot miss Dún Aengus! It has been called "the most magnificent barbaric monument in Europe."
Ring of Kerry
This is Ireland's most popular drive. It is 100 miles of beautiful cliffs, mountains, and beaches. It starts in Killarney, then heads down the Iveragh Peninsula, and passes through Kenmare, Sneem, Waterville, Cahersiveen and Killorglin. There are many wonderful attractions to visit on a trip through the Ring of Kerry. Some include Muckross House, Derrnyane House, The Blue Pool, Ross Castle, Torc Waterfall, Ladies View, St Mary’s Cathedral, Muckross Abbey, and many, many more. The Kerry Way is a walking path through the Ring of Kerry. Tour busses also go around the ring.
Ring of Kerry
Ireland uses the euro which converts to $1.12 in the United States. They have a democracy. It is run by a constitution and an elected president. The president runs for 7 years every term. Someone can only be the president for 2 terms. The current President is Michael D. Higgins.
Ireland's economy used to be based on agriculture but it transitioned to a trade based economy. Their main exports are machinery and equipment, computers, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, live animals, and animal products. Their trade partners include the US, UK, Belgium, Germany, France, and Spain. The GDP is $188.9 billion and the per capita is $39,547.
Corned Beef and Cabbage
4 1⁄2 lbs corned beef brisket
- Combine ingredients in crock pot with cabbage on top.
- Cut meat to fit, if necessary.
- Cover and cook on low for 10-12 hours; high 6-7 hours our auto 6-8 hours.
Transportation and Lodging
A roundtrip flight to Dublin, Ireland with only one stop costs $969.70. This is flying with the Delta Airlines. It is 11 hours and 25 minutes and an overnight flight from 4:00 pm to 9:25 am. A room at the amazing Westbury Hotel is about $350 a night.
Day 1 - Fly in
Day 2 - Arrive at hotel, visit the Dublin Castle
Day 3 - Visit the Cliffs of Mother and the Aran Islands
Day 4 - Go through the Ring of Kerry
Day 5 - Tour Dublin
Day 6 - Visit St. Patrick's Cathedral
Day 7 - Visit Portmarnock Beach
Day 8 -Fly back home
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