Ireland

Emily Kohlberg - May 12 - Period 6

"Fe Mhoid Bheith Saor"

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Climate/Weather

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.

Culture

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.


Holidays:

January 1 - New Year's Day

  • March 17 - St. Patrick's Day
  • Usually in April - Easter Sunday
  • A Day after Easter Sunday - Easter Monday
  • First Monday in May- May Day
  • First Monday in June - June Bank Holiday
  • Last Monday in October - October Bank Holiday
  • December 25 - Christmas Day
  • December 26 - St. Stephen'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.


    Religions:

    Roman Catholic - 87.4%

    Church of Ireland - 2.9%

    Different types of Christian - 1.9%

    Other - 2.1%

    Unspecified - 1.5%

    None - 4.2%

    Traditional Irish Dancers

    Current Information

    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.

    Food

    Corned Beef and Cabbage

    Ingredients

    4 1⁄2 lbs corned beef brisket

  • 2 medium onions, quartered
  • 1 head cabbage, cut in small wedges
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 cups water

  • Directions

    1. Combine ingredients in crock pot with cabbage on top.
    2. Cut meat to fit, if necessary.
    3. 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.


    Itinerary

    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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