Ireland has a rich, thousands of years old heritage filled with Celtic and Viking culture and enhanced by pagan and Christian religious traditions. When the Celts took over the island in the fourth century B.C., a hint of what is now modern Irish folk culture took root as they practiced their pagan druid traditions.
According to tradition, St. Patrick and Christianity arrived in Ireland in 432 A.D. According to historians the rise of Christian converts in Ireland also brought the establishment of monasteries where Irish scholars studied. Many European scholars soon sought the refuge of learning in these monasteries, where many Latin and Greek teachings, that would have otherwise been lost, were preserved during the Dark Ages.
In 1800, Ireland became a part of the United Kingdom. Ireland would not become a sovereign nation until 1921 after the Anglo-Irish War (1919-1921). Before the war, under British rule, Ireland faced a severe depression resulting in the Great Potato famine after potato crops failed in 1846. Millions died and many emigrated to the United States, sparking allegiance to the idea that the country should be independent. By the end of the war, the two governments partitioned Northern and Southern Ireland. The North is still governed by the U.K.
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Which one of these bodies of water does NOT border Ireland?
The Viking Sea. The Celtic and Irish Seas border the island with the Atlantic Ocean.
Where does the name of the country come from?
Ireland is a word that combines the name of a mythological Celtic goddess named Eriu and the Germanic word for land. Eriu was said to have two other sisters who all requested that their names be the country’s title, but Eriu became the name we know today as Ireland.
Which one of these groups of people did NOT settle in Ireland?
Though Scottish and English colonists settled on the island, Puritans colonized the U.S. colonies, not Ireland.
The geography of Ireland is composed mainly of:
Seventy-seven percent of Ireland’s terrain consists of meadows and pastures. The rest of the land is 10 percent Arable, 11 percent rough grazing areas and 2 percent inland water.
What year did Ireland become an independent country?
After the Anglo-Irish War of 1919-1921, Great Britain and Ireland signed the Anglo-Irish treaty of 1921.
What major crop failed during the major famine and depression in Irish history?
The Republic of Ireland is divided into 26 counties and these two major areas.
Northern and Southern Ireland. Ireland is partitioned into two major areas dividing the independence South and the British-ruled North.
Ireland is partitioned into two major areas dividing the independent South and the British-ruled North.
What is the capital of the Republic of Ireland?
Dublin is located in the Southeastern part of the country and is also the nation’s largest city. It began as a Viking settlement and has since become one of the fastest growing cities in Europe.
Dublin gave the world several prominent literary figures. Which of these is NOT one of them?
T.S. Eliot. Thomas Stearns Eliot was an American poet and literary critic born in St. Louis, Missouri. Eliot studied at Harvard University and later won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1948. His famous poems include, “The Wasteland” and “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.”
What is the title of James Joyces collection of short stories about Dublin?
“Dubliners,” The collection of 15 stories written by James Joyce, was created at the peak of the nationalist movement in Ireland and is meant to depict middle class life in and near Dublin.
Who is the current president of Ireland?
President Mary McAleese is the second woman president in succession for Ireland, which elects a new president every seven years. President Mary Robinson governed from December 1990 to 1997. President Patrick Hillery was her predecessor and President Hyde was the first Irish president in 1938.
What is the most popular sport in Ireland?
According to many travel websites and sporting event attendance records, Gaelic Games like Gaelic Football and Hurling are the most popular sports in the country. While soccer (also called football) and Rugby Union (rugby, for short) are also very popular, traditional sports are still among the most fun to watch and play for the Irish.
Ireland amazing potatoes! yum
I find this very intrestring…but my question is, why is it that “Irish” peps not get there North is them selves and let the “Brits” have it to them selfs?