Ireland by ewghwehws



By: Camden Rucker
Mrs.Stippich 5th grade
                        Map of Ireland

  The green stripe represents Roman Catholics in Ireland. The orange stripe
represents Irish Protestants. The white stripe, in the center, represents the hope
                   for peace between the two groups. Dublin,
  the capital, is Ireland's largest city. Approximately 500,000 people live within the city
           limits. Nearly 1 million people live in the greater metropolitan area.
Products: Manufacture Agriculture

 Manufacturing accounts for over 45 percent of Ireland's GDP.
  Ireland produces computer software, chemicals,
  pharmaceuticals, and machinery. It is famous for its cloth,
  particularly tweeds and linens. It is also known for its alcoholic
  beverages, namely beers, stouts, ales, and Irish whiskey. The
  glass and crystal produced in the city of Waterford are world-
  renowned. High rainfall and mild temperatures make Ireland one
  of the finest grass-producing areas in the world. As a result, the
  main rural occupation is raising cattle, sheep, pigs, and horses.
  Cattle and cattle products account for about 50 percent of
  agricultural output. Ireland's most important field crops are
  potatoes, barley, wheat, turnips, and sugar beets.
       Physical Features
 The Republic of Ireland covers most of the island of
  Ireland. It shares the island with Northern Ireland,
  which is part of the United Kingdom (England,
  Scotland, and Wales are also part of the UK). Ireland’s
  landscape consists of a central plain surrounded by low
  mountain ranges and hills located near the coasts.
  Rich farmland and pastureland can be found on the
  central plain. Ireland is dotted with hundreds of lakes.
  Winters are wet and mild. Summers are cool. Ireland is
  often called the Emerald Isle because the dampness,
  fog, and rain make the country green like an emerald.
    Basic info: Currency, Lang,
   For many centuries the Gaelic language was spoken throughout the
    country. Gaelic, also known as Irish, is one of the oldest languages in
    Europe. It is still taught in schools and considered the nation's first official
    language. English is second. English has replaced Gaelic as the common
    language of almost the entire population. Today Gaelic is spoken by only
    a few people, mainly in areas along the western coast. The Gaelic name
    for Ireland is Éire. The Irish are known as the religious people more than
    90% are Roman Catholic. This a picture of money it is not the same as
    the ordinary American dollar they call this a Euro. The Irish economy
    used to depend a lot on farming and ranching, but agriculture plays a
    much smaller role now. The country’s major crops include potatoes, sugar
    beets, turnips, barley, and wheat. Ranchers and dairy farmers are also
    important to the agriculture sector. But Ireland’s economy now depends
    much more on industry. Irish companies make things such as medicines,
    fabrics, software, machines, and food products. Tourism is also significant
    since several million visitors travel to Ireland each year. In 2002, the Euro
    replaced the punt
         Place of Interest
 Ireland's Cliffs of Moher, on the Atlantic coast, display
  some of the country's extraordinary natural beauty.
  Most of the island is occupied by the Republic of
  Ireland, an independent nation that is the focus of this
  article. The northwestern region is known as Northern
  Ireland. This region is part of the United Kingdom. A
  separate article on Northern Ireland appears in this
  encyclopedia. This division of the island has caused
  great political turmoil and much bloodshed for
  hundreds of years.

 "Ireland." The New Book of Knowledge®.
  2010. Grolier Online. 21 Jan. 2010
  < Ireland." The New
  Book of Knowledge®. 2010. Grolier
  Online. 18 Feb. 2010

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