Virtual Field trip to Ireland Objectives Themes include Culture and People, Places, and Environment Objectives include: Identify where Ireland is located Describe some of the hardships and successes experienced in Irish history Describe the geography, culture, and traditions of Ireland You’re on your way… You recently decided to research your family history. You traced your ancestry back to Ireland. However, you know nothing about the culture or history and have never been there. You decide to go check it out and live there for a few months. After a six hour flight from New York you look out of the airplane window and see nothing but green fields and blue ocean! Geography: Where in the world are you? Do you know where Ireland is located? History: Is Ireland its own country? Ireland gained its independence from the British in 1922 How did Ireland gain its independence? The Irish War of Independence Anglo-Irish War, or Tan War ] was a guerrilla war mounted by the Irish Republican Army (IRA) against the British government and its forces in Ireland. It began in January 1919, following the Irish Republic's declaration of independence. Both sides agreed to a truce in July 1921, though violence continued in the northeast (mostly between republicans and loyalists). The post-ceasefire talks led to the Anglo-Irish Treaty, which ended British rule in most of Ireland and established the Irish Free State. However, six northern counties would remain within the United Kingdom as Northern Ireland. History: The Irish Potato Famine You have heard of something called the “Great Famine” in history class back at home but you decide to ask an Irish citizen about it. What did you find out? Irish Potato Famine In Ireland under British rule, the Great Famine was a period of mass starvation, disease and emigration between 1845 and 1852. It is also known, mostly outside of Ireland, as the Irish Potato Famine. During the Famine, Ireland's population fell by between 20 and 25 percent. Approximately one million people died and a million more emigrated from Ireland. The proximate cause of famine was a potato disease commonly known as potato blight. Language Gaelic is constitutionally recognized as the first official language of the Republic of Ireland. However, English is the dominant language in most areas of Ireland Can you say anything in Gaelic? Weather Rain is very common in Ireland. It is said that you can experience all four seasons in just one day! What is the temperature like? Traditions You celebrate St. Patrick’s Day at home but do you know why we celebrate it? You have also seen your mother wearing a Claddaugh ring; what does it mean? There are just so many Irish traditions and symbols! What do they all stand for? A Day in the Life of Ireland! You are overwhelmed with how much there is to do and see in this beautiful country! The streets and shops are full of people, especially in Irelands capitol city of Dublin! There are so many castles and plenty of beautiful trails for hiking! What would you choose to do first? Check out these castles! You enjoyed your trip to Ireland and you learned A LOT about its history, geography, culture, and traditions! You can’t wait to go back but until then….
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