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Saturday, March 17, 2012

Adventures in Geography: Ireland

Today is Saint Patrick's Day.  That is a good time to learn about Ireland. People in Ireland have read my Bubble Painting! and Challenge posts and My Favorite Things About School: First In Math post, a lot. Did you know that my ancestors were Irish and that I love Irish dancing. I want to learn to dance like that. My great great grandmother once kissed the Blarney Stone in Blarney Castle.

First, Saint Patrick's Day. Here at my house, we wear green and we wear silly hats every year.

Me in Kindergarten

Saint Patrick's Day is celebrated on the 17th of March. It is about Saint Patrick, an catholic saint who is known for bringing Christianity to Ireland.  Green wasn't always the color for Saint Patrick's Day. It used to be blue. Shamrocks are used because he used them to talk about the trinity. Ireland is one of a few places in the world that makes St. Patrick's Day an official holiday. It is celebrated by lots of parades, festivals and feasts. 

Ireland, or Eire, is a really interesting place. It is the twentieth largest island on earth, a little bit bigger than West Virginia. It is divided into The Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. Northern Ireland is Part of The United Kingdom. It is across the Irish Sea from Great Britain and Scotland. It is part of Europe.

There 4.5 million people in The Republic of Ireland and 1.8 million people in Northern Ireland. It's nickname is The Emerald Isle because it is so green.  It has four provinces and not very many cities. To become a city, the government has to make a charter, it isn't based on population like it is here in the US.

Here is a picture I made of my favorite pictures that I found while looking for Ireland stuff.

Thanks for looking at my blog. I hope no one pinches you today.

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