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Transcript of Ireland
By: Marvin Price
The population in Ireland is 4,875,000. The capital of Ireland is Dublin which is also the largest city in Ireland. English and Irish are the common languages spoken there. The currency used there is called Euro. It's GDP is $217.82 billion in U.S. money. It was founded April 24, 1916. Their government is called the cabinet. The area of Ireland is 32,595 sq. miles (84,421 km.) The major cities in Ireland are Dublin, Cork, Limerick, Kilkenny, Galway, and Waterford. There are 13 religions practiced including Christian, Jewish, and Buddhist.
Ireland basic info
Most people are Roman Catholic. The Irish are known for their wit and humor. The handshake is an appropriate greeting and a salute depending on time of day. Eye contact is very important when it comes to talking. Smiling is a way to show a warm welcome. They hate superiority complex of any kind.
Ireland people (what's rude or polite.)
Some traditional foods are potatoes, bean, peas, and wheat. Other grains are oats, soda bread often with soup, and brown bread often made with whole wheat and buttermilk. Locally made dairy products are mostly farmhouse cheeses. With the ocean surrounding Ireland there is always fresh seafood. Cod, salmon, and oyster are seafood favorites. Pork, lamb, and beef are a favorite as well. Soups and stews like the traditional irish stew are popular with ingredients like potatoes, onions, carrots, dice lamb chops, and Canadian bacon are popular. Alcoholic beverages such as Beamish, Murphy's, and Guinness are associated to Ireland.
"Want to hold dinosaur droppings?" You may be able to at the Ulster museum in Belfast's Botanic Gardens. In the Irish National Heritage Park in Wexford you can pan for gold. Or want to go face to face with 2,300-year-old bog body? Well you can at Dublin's National Museum of Archaeology. In the Kerry County Museum you can try solving a 500-year-old case of a man killed by a sword. There are other museums where you can find out about immigration, transport and textiles. You can find almost about anything about Ireland just visiting its museums.
Ireland holidays and festivals
Ireland clothing culture
Phoenix Park is the largest urban park in Europe. The Irish museum of modern arts has a collection of contemporary and modern art. The Dublin castle is in the heart of Dublin. Malahide Castle was both city and housing for almost 800 years. Generations lived there from 1185 to 1973 when the last Talbot died her wish was to make it a museum. Gardens of the castle of almost 250 acres can be admired today. The National Museum of Natural History has over 2 million different specimen and dates back to 1857. Chester Beatty Library has many rare books several hundred years old. The National Museum of Archaeology contains over 2 million artifacts from the prehistorical period to the Middle Ages. The museum has the largest collection of gold artifacts in Western Europe.
Some winter festivals are the Goff's Bloodstock Sales, and St. Stephens Day. Another festival is the oxygen festival and the electric picnic. Two other festivals are the adare jazz and arklow music festivals. One holiday is the Easter race which is the biggest race in Ireland. Another major holiday is bloomsday which celebrates James Joyce's Ulysses. The Puck Fair is one of Ireland's oldest fairs.
In Ireland it is always raining. In Dublin, the high is in the 50's and the low is in the 40's. Throughout the day the temperature drops from the lower 50's to the lower 40's. In March it is unusual for it to be 75 degrees farenheit. The average temperature in Spring is between 64 and 68 degrees farenheit. The best time to visit Ireland is in the Summer because of the weather and amount of festivals.
In Ireland men often wear linen driving caps. Ireland has been fond of linen driving caps for centuries. Aran sweaters are another part of Irish culture. The patterns are unique and hand knit. Tweed jackets are a popular way to wear tweed. Because tweed is more expensive because it is manufactured more in Ireland than in other parts of the world.
Top ten Ireland myths and legends
The top ten myths and legends are; 10: The Banshee which is a women who carries the omen of death. 9: The Pookas, a type of fairy bent on causing chaos in the mortal world. 8: The Changelings which were ugly fairy babies that were left behind in the mortal world when their mothers swapped them for a healthy baby. 7: Dagda's Harp which was stolen by a tribe where Dagda got it back and made the tribe members fall asleep so he could escape. 6: The Children of Lir, which were cursed by their mother to become swans because she was jealous of them and the curse could only be broken by the sound of a christian bell. The searched centuries for the sound of that bell, but it wasn't until St. Patrick came to Ireland that their 900-year-curse was broken. 5: St. Patrick which was imported as a slave in Ireland taught many people about christianity but was forgotten about after his death until monks told Ireland about how St. Patrick chased all the snakes off the island as there was no snakes. 4: The Shamrock, which is believed to ward off evil due to it's three-hearted appearance. 3: Finn MacCool was a great warrior that planned to cook a salmon to gain the knowledge but as he was cooking it, juice squirted and burned his thumb and as he sucked it to ease the pain he gained all the knowledge the salmon had and from that moment on whenever he sucked his thumb, he gained the knowledge he needed. 2: Fairies are known to exist in Ireland and can take on any form. 1: Leprechauns have been myths since medieval times and are considered as a old man to a human.
Ireland wedding and dating traditions
Ireland family life
Ireland families are Roman Catholic. Children are educated at Catholic schools. Houses are traditionally filled with Catholic art and objects. The Catholic family is large with many children close in age. The Irish work on the land for many hours, and normally live in the same house their parents had lived in and don't usually travel more than ten miles away from home.
The life expectancy rate for a man is 75 years and for a women it is over 80 years. The birth rate is 61,000 babies born per year. Circulatory system diseases and cancer are the major cause of death in Ireland. Ireland has the second lowest death for stroke, after France. Cancer is accountable for 30% of deaths in Ireland. 100,000 die a year due to smoking. Alcohol consumption in Ireland is the highest in the EU.
In Ireland, matchmakers are in charge of getting two people together. Speed dating is another way for a man or women to find their match. Once the arrangements are made the wedding must take place prior to Lent which means on Sunday, Monday, or Tuesday prior to Ash Wednesday ideal days for a wedding. A way to propose is that the male will ask "Would you like to be buried with my people?" or "Would you like to hang your washing next to mine?" If she says yes she will wear a traditional "Claddagh" ring with the top of the crown facing away from her heart symbolizing that her heart is taken. On the wedding day brides carry a magic hanky which is later stitched to create a christening bonnet for the couple's first born child. Then the stitches are clipped a given to the children to carry into their wedding.
Trains are the way to get around in Ireland. Bus and car rentals are also popular. Most of the train transportation runs through Dublin. You can also take the subway. Two major car rentals are Thrifty and Avis. If you rent a car in Ireland you have to brave the under paved roads. In Ireland make sure to drive on the left or you'll look like a tourist.
Irish Soda Bread
The type of government Ireland has is called The Cabinet. The Cabinet exercises executive authority. It is headed by a prime minister. It was created by the 1937 Constitution of Ireland. The government must consist of between seven and fifteen members. The president of Ireland is not a member of the government. The Constitution gives executive authority to the government, not the president.
Ireland's currency is called Euro. This currency has the sign € on it. It is divided into a hundred smaller units called cent. The Irish Euro bill uses the decimal system. Currently printed denominations are €5, €10, €20, €50, €100, €200, and €500 while the coins are minted as 1c, 2c, 5c, 10c, 20c, 50c, €1,€2 €5, €10, €20, €100, and €1,000.