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ÉIrinn Go BráCh - Ireland Forever


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Kit
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When we hear the name "Ireland" we automatically think of leprechauns, pots of gold, and of course, BEER! But there is so much more to Ireland. First of all, it is a beautiful island with a very interesting history.



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JL A. (275)
Monday September 30, 2013, 8:56 am
Nice quick overview summary--yet am feeling somewhat disappointed since I did not feel as strong or bright a green visual impact in this video as I'm used to on videos of Ireland.
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday September 30, 2013, 8:58 am
Map of Ireland: www.spirited Ireland.net


Very Short history of Ireland:

When we hear the name "Ireland" we automatically think of leprechauns, pots of gold, and of course, BEER! But there is so much more to Ireland. First of all, it is a beautiful island with a very interesting history. Once you start looking into the history of Ireland, it's hard to walk away. There are so many wonderful facts and traditions, it's easy to get wrapped up in the research and you start to feel like you are there on this lovely island.

Archaeologists have found relics in Ireland dating about 8,000 years. The Neolithic culture was established by tribes that came from around southern Europe and include the communal megalithic tombs of New grange and Knowth. These tombs were built in 3200BC, which makes them older than Stonehenge, and the Giza pyramids! With almost 1500km of coastline, Ireland is a wonderful place to enjoy any kind of water sport and the beaches are breathtaking. Since there is so much coastline, the fishing villages are abundant.

Ireland's Patron Saint was Saint Patrick, which is where Saint Patrick's Day comes from. But did you know that Saint Patrick wasn't actually from Ireland? No, he wasn't. He was brought to Ireland from Britain by Irish raiders and forced to work as a shepard, but when he finally escaped the capture, God told Saint Patrick to return to Ireland to be a missionary. And so Saint Patrick introduced Christianity to Ireland all those years ago. You can still find relics and evidence of this all over the island today.

In 1845, a great famine broke out because of a blight that affected the potato crops, and lasted four years. More than one million people died during those four years, due to starvation, and diseases such as the horrible typhus were working on taking the lives of the few survivors. Around 1848 people began to leave Ireland in hopes of survival. By 1850, approximately six million of them had left their beautiful home to find better lives in other countries.

The Irish flag is tri-colored with green, white, and orange. It may look a little plain, but it's what it stands for that means so much. The color green is there to represent the Roman Catholics, the color orange is for the Protestants, and the white strip in the middle represents the peace between the two religious views. In 1937, when the Irish constitution was introduced, they made the tricolor flag the formal flag of Ireland. However, it is not the formal flag of Northern Ireland. The Union flag is the official flag of Northern Ireland, although most times the tricolor is used to represent the northern part of the Island.

The Leprechauns are a type of fairy creature, told of for centuries. Although no actual leprechaun exists, the myth is told out of fun and tradition. The Irish love the little fabled "wee folk" and their hidden pots of gold. Telling the stories of the little shoe-making green men in buckled shoes will delight listeners of all ages.
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How Ireland is Divided

The Republic of Ireland is a sovereign state and covers about 80% of the Irish island. The capital is Dublin. Northern Ireland is part of the UK, is on the same standard of currency, and covers the remaining 20% of the Irish island. Its capital is Belfast.

Traditionally, Ireland was divided into four provinces: Connacht, Leinster, Munster, and Ulster. (All of which you can see from the top of the Hill of Tara, ceremonial center of Ancient Ireland.) Between the 13th and 17th centuries Ireland was divided into 32 counties; six in the north and twenty-six in what is now the Republic of Ireland.

If you divide the country into its four original provinces, Leinster has the highest population at 2,295, 123 with its capital being Dublin. Next is Ulster (Northern Ireland) with a population of 1,993,918, its capital being Belfast. The southern province of Munster has 1,173,340 people and the capital is Cork. The smallest province in both land and population is Connacht. Its population is 504,121 and the capital is Galway.

Sports

Politics flies out the window on many occasions when it comes to sports. There are all-island play offs in games such as hurling, Gaelic football, rugby, golf, cricket, and hockey. We’re hoping for several all-Ireland leagues by 2012, especially in football and soccer.

Wildlife

Ireland has fewer plant and animal species than Britain or mainland Europe. That’s because Ireland became an island very shortly after the last Ice Age about 10,000 years ago. The habitats in Ireland are diverse and include farmland, open woodlands, broadleaf and mixed forests, conifer (evergreen) areas, bogs, and many types of coastal environments.

Snakes -

The St. Patrick mythology includes the claim that he banished snakes from Ireland.

It's true no snakes exist on the island today, Freeman said. But they never did.

Ireland, after all, is surrounded by icy ocean waters—much too cold to allow snakes to migrate from Britain or anywhere else.
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10 Favorite Irish Dishes

Sausage, Bacon, Onion & Potato Hot Pot (Dublin Coddle)

Corned Beef & Cabbage

Irish Soda Bread

Irish Colcannon (Vegetable Casserole)

Irish Coffee With Bailey's & Kahlua

Steak & Guinness Pie

Irish Lamb or Beef Stew

Traditional Irish Shepherd's Pie

Guinness Cake

Green Beer

For recipes -- http://www.food.com/slideshow/10-traditional-irish-foods-14/guinness-cake-10
 

Kit B. (276)
Monday September 30, 2013, 9:01 am

If you can not watch the videos please try: www.hidemyass.com and enter the URL for the video.

More Videos of Ireland:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hfWq2GXQIvI

http://youtu.be/gkI88YF2XKg
 

NicoleAWAY W. (631)
Monday September 30, 2013, 10:24 am
nice escapade as usual dear Kit
 

Michela m. (3943)
Monday September 30, 2013, 10:47 am

I REALLY LOVE IRELAND!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

AwayNoMail Plze S. (498)
Monday September 30, 2013, 10:58 am
lLove, Love, Love It!!!
Thanks Kit.
Noted & shared.
 

Barbara K. (84)
Monday September 30, 2013, 11:28 am
Thank you, my friend, for yet another vacation via computer. I am 1/4 Irish, so loved the videos and all of Ireland.
 

Val R. (243)
Monday September 30, 2013, 12:25 pm
Thank you Kit - now i understand why when I send a package out the custom pappers have a choice: Northern Ireland & UK
 

ewoud k. (73)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:21 pm
Thanks for posting this one Kit!
 

Pat B. (354)
Monday September 30, 2013, 1:30 pm
What a great trip.!!! I enjoyed seeing Belfast, and Down Patrick. I also went to the Ring of Dingle, and enjoyed that visit too.!!! Thanks, Kit for our vacation to Ireland.!!
 

Mike M. (53)
Monday September 30, 2013, 2:02 pm
I really hope to visit I have read of castle ruins in Northern Ireland with the family's name and you can not beat the lay of the lands
 

GGmaSheila D. (171)
Monday September 30, 2013, 2:55 pm
Always loved the beauty of the Irish country. So happy to see the religious fanatics of both Catholic and Protestant faith have ceased killing each other. Sad that so many had to die in the name of religion - in the 20th Century. Thank you for the beauty, and a few of the castles.
 

Natasha Salgado (522)
Monday September 30, 2013, 6:38 pm
Thanks Kit 4 another great trip!
 

pam w. (191)
Monday September 30, 2013, 7:33 pm
When you go to Ireland, I INSIST YOU TAKE TRAINS! You've no idea how exciting it is to rock along past ruins, sheep, marvelous rock houses, passing through places like LIMERICK and CORK and WATERFORD!

The people are adorable, the accents are delightful and I've never seen so many shades of green! When we got to Cork, we hired a cab (Dennis McCarthy drove it) and he said "I can't let ye leave without seein' the lakes of Killarney--it wouldn't be RIGHT." So...off we went to see the lakes, and the castle of Blarney and a dozen charming villages...along with about a thousand sheep!

It makes no sense to rent a car and try to drive on the wrong side of the car and the wrong side of the road when, outside the cities, you might find yourself trying to pass on a single-land road when a flock of sheep are clogging up the way!

Oh...and, we climbed up the stairs so narrow you had to put your feet sideways, so we could hang upside-down and kiss the BLARNEY STONE! I won't say there's truth in the old myth but I immediately felt more articulate and loquacious. Funny how that worked! :-)
 

Dandelion G. (382)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 6:41 am
On both side of my family I have Irish heritage, on my Maternal side my American Indian Grandmother married my Irish Grandfather. His was the first to stray outside the Irish to marry so his Irish roots went back to the first who came over from County Kerry, his Grandfather.

Anyways, perhaps it's the ancestry, but I certainly wouldn't need to kiss that Blarney Stone.....lol
 

Rehana VN (0)
Tuesday October 1, 2013, 9:26 am
Mystical Ireland! Love their music & dance!Thanks for sharing.
 

Syd H. (48)
Wednesday October 2, 2013, 1:55 pm
Ireland is my next stop! :)

You seem to be posting my itinerary. :D

Sadly I can have neither beer (Guinness) nor whiskey while there because of gluten (so the soda bread is out too).

 

John De Avalon (35)
Thursday October 3, 2013, 8:33 am
Great post, dear Kit.
 
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