Ireland

traditions and culture

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What the irish flag means.

The Irish flag was introduced by Thomas Meagher in 1848. The green represents the Irish people, most of who were Catholic. The orange color represents the British supporters of William of Orange who settled in Northern Ireland in the 17th century who mostly were Protestant. The white in the center represents the peace between the two groups. Thomas Meagher said, "The white in the center means a lasting truce between the Orange and the Green; and I trust that under its folds the hands of the Irish Protestant and the Irish Catholic may be together in friendship.
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ireland castle

ireland dances

The river dance was created in April 1994 by Michael flatly. It was created for the Eurovision song contest. By September 1996 It had been preformed 400 times and has been viewed by over 1.3 million people. People have came a long way to see it. The tab above is a video of what it is and what the dances moves are and what style it uses.

food in ireland

The black death

Have you ever heard the nursery rhyme called ring around the Rosie? "Ring around the Rosie. Pocket full of poesy. Ashes, Ashes, we all fall down." This nursery rhyme is actually a disease that the people called the plague or Black Death. This disease was highly contagious. It spread across Europe. It spread around enough that it was deadly that it is estimated to have killed one fourth of all the people in Europe. The black death struck in the 14 century.If you break down the poem you can actually understand the effects a bit more."Ring around the Rosie": Infected people broke out in a rash on their arms and neck that had red ring shaped marks with dark center spot that looked like a rose. They would then get a a high fever, become unconscious, and finally die."Pocket full of poesy": People carried flowers to cover the smell of the dead and dying."Ashes, Ashes": People would burn the houses of people with the disease in order to try and stop it. Whole villages were burned down. The sky was dark with the ashes of the burnt buildings.

Irelands national animal

Despite its name, the Irish elk was found all across Europe and Asia, and in North Africa, and is technically a deer rather than an elk. It is famous for the size of its antlers, which spanned up to 4.3m and weighed 45kg. Irish elk fossils are found in large numbers in Ireland's peat bogs and many are of males that suffered, which suggests they lived a life a lot like today's red deer spending each autumn fighting for the right to mate. The Irish elk's skeleton suggests that it was an endurance runner that could wear out predators without tiring itself.