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All About Ireland

Location: Ireland is an island off western Europe in the Northern Atlantic Ocean. The Republic of Ireland (also called Ireland or Eire) occupies most of the island of Ireland; it is an independent country. The northern portion is Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom.

Capital of the Republic of Ireland: Dublin is the capital city of the Republic of Ireland.

Nickname: Ireland is often called the Emerald Isle because the dampness, fog, and rain make the country green like an emerald.

Official languages: English and Gaelic.

Size: The Republic of Ireland covers 27,135 square miles (70,280 sq km). It occupies about 5/6 of the island of Ireland.

Population: The population of Ireland is about 3,689,000 (as of 2000).

Flag: Ireland's flag is made of three equal-sized rectangles of orange, white and green. The green is by the flagpole.

Climate: Ireland has a cool, often-cloudy climate. Winters are wet and mild. Summers are cool.

Symbols of St. Patrick's Day

Leprechauns are a make-believe group of tiny people who are supposed to live in Ireland and posses magical powers. They are said to be cranky and very tricky. Leprechauns are also called "Little People." Leprechauns originated in Celtic folklore but are now associated with St. Patrick's Day.
Leprechauns wear green clothes and hats. They are often seen smoking a pipe. They carry a long stick called a shillelagh.

The Shamrock is a symbol of St. Patrick's Day. The shamrock is a flowering plant that has three leaflets. It is a type of clover.
Meet St. Patrick
Saint Patrick's Day (March 17th), is an Irish holiday honoring Saint Patrick, the missionary priest who converted the Irish people to Christianity in the A.D. 400's.

Saint Patrick was not actually Irish. History says that he was born around 373 A.D. in either Scotland or in Britain. His real name is believed to be Maewyn Succat. He did not change his name to Patrick, or Patricus, until after he became a Catholic priest.

He was kidnapped at the age of 16 by pirates and sold into slavery in Ireland. He was a prisoner for about 6 years. They made him work as worked as a shepherd. He had a vision from God that he should escape and help others. He could find a getaway ship and went to France, where he became a priest.

When he was about 60 years old, St. Patrick traveled to Ireland to spread the Christian word. He built many churches and helped many people.

Legend has it that Saint Patrick drove all the snakes out of Ireland -- that they all went into the sea and drowned.

A rainbow appears when sunlight passes through bits of water in the air. The white light is broken up into many colors. Use the pretend name Roy G. Biv as a handy way to remember the colors of the rainbow in the right order -- Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, and Violet. Now you may not see all of these colors in a rainbow, but they'll usually be in order with red at the top and violet at the bottom, and the other colors in the middle. This is because of the way sunlight is reflected by raindrops. The more raindrops, the bigger the rainbow and the more colors! Sometimes, you might see a paler, second rainbow next to the first -- this one will have the colors in reverse order. You can't reach the edge of a rainbow for the same reason you can't walk under one and look at it from the other side. This is because rainbows are an optical illusion -- the sun must always be at your back in order to see one. No two people ever see the same rainbow!
St. Patrick's Day Fun
Can you catch the leprechaun? See how high you can score.
Jigsaw puzzles- try the leprechaun and shamrock puzzle.
St. Patrick's Day Wordsearch- Can you find the hidden words?
St. Patrick's Day Games - Try Leprechaun Hunt, Lucky's Tic Tac Toe, and Over the Rainbow.
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