IRELAND

By: Jack Coyle, Period 7 4/26/15

Ireland's Flag

Ireland's flag is relatively simple compared to others around the world. It has three vertical stripes: green to the left, white in the middle, and orange to the right. Although all of these can be described as Ireland's country colors, when most people think of Ireland, they only think of one: GREEN.
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Geography of Ireland

Climate and Tempurature

Ireland has a pretty mild climate, the average temperature being 50 degrees Fahrenheit. Even so, there is often unexpected storms. The most pleasant time to be in Ireland is probably in April when temperatures range from 50 to 54 degrees Fahrenheit. In summer, temperatures can rise to about 68 degrees Fahrenheit and there is often 18 hours of daylight, making it so the sun is out until 11:00! In the fall and winter, temperatures go down to 46 degrees Fahrenheit. Ireland is a relatively rainy place. The country gets an average of 175 "wet days" (days in which they get more than 1 mm of rain) per year.

Culture

Many holidays that are celebrated in the U.S are also celebrated in Ireland, like Christmas. There are also some variations. St. Patrick's Day, a Christian holiday, originated in Ireland, as some might know. Also, in Ireland, December 26th is known as St. Stephen's Day. Halloween is also celebrated in Ireland. In fact, the holiday, as well as All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day, are originated there!


Most Irish speak Gaelic, but some speak English. Gaelic is a Celtic Language related to Scotland. Also, Most all Irish believe in Christianity. Most are Roman Catholic, but some are Lutheran or Protestant.

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Activities in Ireland

In Ireland, there is so much to do. Here are some possible plans for an upcoming trip.


One possibility is going to the Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. A former prison camp, it has been transformed into a museum so you can learn about the camp and the people that were held there.


Another idea is going to the Cliffs of Moher in Galway. It is said to have some of the best views in all of Northern Europe!


Also, we could go to the ring of Kerry in Cork. It is a tourist trail that is good for hiking, biking, or whatever you could imagine!

Current Information

Ireland's currency is the Euro. The euro is equal to $1.12 dollars, which makes a dollar equivalent to .89 euros. Many other countries use the euro, like France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Ireland has a Constitutional Republic government, or one in which the leaders of the country represent the people. Ireland's government supports a president, not a prime minister or a king. Ireland's president is a man by the name of Mr. Michael D. Higgins. Ireland has a mixed economy, but it is mostly industry and commerce. Some of Ireland's main exports are Nitrogen Heterocyclic Compounds, like pyridine, pyrrole, furan, and thiophene, and human and animal blood. These exports are going to places like the US, the UK, and Germany.
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Food

Soda Bread is a bread originated from Ireland that they still eat there today. Basically, it is just bread with baking soda. Here is how to make it.


Ingredients:

2lb plain flour

1tsp salt

1tsp bicarbonate of soda

1 pint of buttermilk (substitute is lemon juice added to pint of milk)



Instructions:

1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit

2.MIx all ingredients into a bowl

3.Turn out the dough on a lightly floured cutting board, knead lightly and shape into a round loaf.

4.Lightly butter a baking tray and place the shaped dough onto the tray careful using a knife to create a cross shape on top.

5. Bake the soda bread between 20-30 minutes and serve warm by cutting the bread into slices.

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Trip Info

We are going to Dublin, Ireland! Here is all that you need to now about our trip to Ireland's capital.


Round trip on American Airlines from Midway Airport in Chicago to Dublin Airport will be $1,172. We will depart on Sunday from Midway at 5:45 PM and get to Dublin at about 2:00 AM on Monday. We will depart from Ireland at about 9:40 AM on Saturday and arrive home at about 6.

On this trip we will visit 3 cities: Dublin, Belfast, and Galway.

When we arrive, we will grab our bags and rent a car for $6/per day for 5 days. That is $30 total. We will then find the Marriott Shelborne Dublin Renaissance Hotel in Dublin and get a queen room for $312.49. Later that day we will check out the city by foot.

On Tuesday, we will spend the majority of the day at the Kilmainham Gaol ($6.72) and then check out of the Marriott and we will travel 103 miles north of the border to Belfast in northern Ireland. We will settle in at the Hilton Belfast. It is $177 per night.

On Wednesday, we will explore the capital of Northern Ireland. We will see places like the SS Normadic and the Titanic Belfast. After that we will hang at the pool at Hilton Belfast.

On Thursday, we will attend The Grand Opera House's presentation of "Anything Goes", a popular play for $43.35. After this we will check out of the Hilton and travel out to Galway to prepare to spend Friday. There we will check in to Galway's Connacht Hotel for $132.

On Friday, we will hike along the Cliffs of Moher. We will see some spectacular views and take a tour for $28.41. We will then spend our last night in the hotel.

Saturday Morning, we will check out of the hotel an drive to Dublin to catch our 10am flight home.


Expenses:

Flight: $1,172

Car: $30

Hotels-Dublin: $312.49

-Belfast:$177.00

-Galway:$132.00

Hotel Total:$621.49

Activities-Kilmainham Gaol: $06.72

-Musical in Belfast: $43.35

- Cliffs Moher Tour: $28.41

Total: 1,901.97

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