The Emerald Isle
Created by: Ivan Marquez
Ireland and the U.S
Compare and Contrast
Ireland and the U.S are two countries that have many differences bur some similarities. Both had a Civil War; the U.S had a four year long war that only left over 600 thousand dead, while Ireland's 29 year long hidden but violent civil war divided the country into two. Both the U.S and Ireland have a Democratic Government, but Ireland has a Socialist Party. The United States are led by President Barack Obama and Ireland are led by President Michael Higgins and Prime Minister Enda Kenny. There are approximately 40 million people with Irish heritage living in America (That's almost seven times more than the entire population of Ireland!). Both the U.S. and Ireland are mostly Christians, but most of Ireland's people believe in the Catholic "branch" of Christianity.
the irish potato famine
Problem and Solution
A Potato Problem
Between 1845 and 1854, the potatoes located all around Europe were plagued with a disease named Pytophthora Infestans, commonly known as Potato Blight. These potatoes brought diseases like fever, influenza, and cholera. Ireland was struck worse than any other country because it created a disaster in its religions, landowners, and destroyed the population by killing over 1.5 million people in ten years.
After the epidemic
After the ten years of sickness and death, Ireland became a much better country. By the end of the 19th century, Ireland took some time to recover from the great famine. The Irish per capita consumption became four pounds (about 5 USD) a day, because of the time, that was the highest amount in the world!
Irish food is mostly made up of crops and animals that live in Ireland's temperate climate. One very popular food from Ireland is Irish stew Irish stew is made up of carrots, potatoes, onions, and lamb meat. all the ingredients can be located in Ireland. Irish people relied a lot on potatoes from the mid-1800s and early 1900s and made many recipes of food that its main ingredient are potatoes. Potato cakes are easy to make cakes made up of onion, vegetable oil, an egg, and of course potatoes. These little cakes are good as a snack and a tasty side to your breakfast, lunch, or dinner.
How to make potato cakes
1. Combine 2 cups of mashed potatoes, 1/3 of a cup of flour, 2 tablespoons of milk, and 1 tablespoon of mixed herbs in a medium bowl.
2. Season with salt and pepper, and divide into 4 equal, separate balls. Then divide onto a baking sheet.
3. Cook for 4-5 minutes per side, while adding melted butter on each flip.
4. Season with salt.
Is Ireland part of the U.K?
Many people that learn about Ireland think that it is part of the United kingdom. Unfortunately for you, Ireland is not part of the UK, but it was part of it for about over a century. Ireland seceded from Great Britain in 1922 after the Anglo-Irish War, a war that separated a country from its Union, and separated the country in two. Northern Ireland was established in 1921, about a year after Ireland seceded from the UK. Northern Ireland didn't care about the government, leaders, or even the economy. Northern Ireland stayed in the UK because of its christian religion.
the old irish language
Cause and Effect
Some countries have a traditional language that has been replaced by a larger spoken language like English. One of those countries is Ireland. Some people think that since Ireland is close to the UK, Irish people started speaking English there,right. Well, you're wrong. Ireland had its own Gaelic language that lasted for centuries. English colonists took over Ireland in 1494 and brought the English language to the Irish civilizations. Many people still speak Ireland's traditional language and some street signs have both english and Irish words. This really shows how the influence of a powerful country can change many things in another.
famous irish people
You may not know this, but many influential and famous people came from this green island. Examples for famous Irish people are Ben Stiller, Liam Neeson, Robert De Niro, and Keanu Reeves all have family relations to Ireland.