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Family: Ireland

A KID’S LIFE IN IRELAND

BY PATRICK

Dia dhuit! My name is Patrick and I am 10 years old. I live in Dublin,


Ireland with my mom, dad, and my sister Maureen. Maureen is 8 years old.
Ireland is a country located in Northwest Europe. The country covers most isle
of the island of Ireland in the British Isles. The other part of the island is
called Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom of Great
Britain.

Have you ever heard anyone call Ireland the Emerald Isle? Many people
call it that because of we have a beautiful green countryside. There are also
farmlands that cover most of the center part of the country. We have Emerald = green stone
mountains near the coasts.

In Ireland we go to public primary school when we are 6- 12 years old.


Most of the schools in Ireland are private schools run by the Roman
Catholic Church and the Church of Ireland. I like primary school a lot!
When I go to secondary school, I won't go to school with any girls because
girls and boys usually go to different schools.
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I also like the city of Dublin a lot! Dublin is the capital of Ireland. My
family lives in a nice brick house with lots of rooms. When you visit
Dublin, you will be very frightened because the roads are so narrow; and the
steering wheel is on the right side of the car.
narrow
narrow↔wide
An interesting place to visit in Dublin is the Dublin Castle; it was built in
the 16th century. Once I went there with my mom and dad. Another place
to visit is St. Patrick’s Cathedral. My family goes to church there
sometimes.
steering Wheel
Ireland is a great place to visit. Lots of people say that the Irish are warm-
Warm-hearted = affectionate hearted and very friendly. Did you know that we, the Irish, are also known
Tie = relationship
for our hospitality, close family ties, and our skill as storytellers? When you
Storyteller = person who tells come to visit us you'll even be able to understand us if you speak English.
stories
Ireland has two official languages which are English and Gaelic. Everybody
soft↔ hard speaks English with a soft accent called a brogue. When you speak Gaelic in
brogue = Irish accent
Ireland people usually call it Irish.

Some sports in Ireland are basketball, boxing, cricket, golf, hockey, horse
racing, rugby, soccer, swimming, and tennis. My favorite sport is soccer (it
is also the most popular sport in our country, but we call it football) because
you have to be fast, and have good “foot-eye coordination”.

The climate of Ireland is a lot like other islands. In the winter the
temperature is usually from 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit (4 to 7 degrees
Celsius). In the summer the temperature is usually from 59 to 62 degrees
Fahrenheit (15 to 17 degrees Celsius).

Well, see you soon! Slan agat!

Erin go bragh (Gaelic phrase that means Ireland forever)!

Source: http://library.thinkquest.org/CR0212302/ireland.html

ANSWER THE FOLLOWING QUESTIONS:

1. What is the capital of Ireland?


2. Why is Ireland called “the Emerald Isle”?
3. What is the capital of Ireland?
4. Which two monuments are mentioned in the text?
5. Which two languages are official in Ireland?
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DATA OF IRELAND
Country (long form) none
Capital Dublin
27,135.26 sq mi
Total Area 70,280.00 sq km
(slightly larger than West Virginia)
Population 3,840,838 (July 2001 est.)
Estimated Population in 2050 4,463,153
English is the language generally used, Irish (Gaelic) spoken mainly
Languages
in areas located along the western seaboard
Literacy 98% total, N/A% male, N/A% female (1981 est.)
Religions Roman Catholic 91.6%, Church of Ireland 2.5%, other 5.9% (1998)
Life Expectancy 74.23 male, 79.93 female (2001 est.)
Government Type republic
Currency 1 euro (EUR) = 100 cents
GDP (per capita) $21,600 (2000 est.)
food products, brewing, textiles, clothing; chemicals,
Industry pharmaceuticals, machinery, transportation equipment, glass and
crystal; software
Agriculture turnips, barley, potatoes, sugar beets, wheat; beef, dairy products
Arable Land 13%
zinc, lead, natural gas, barite, copper, gypsum, limestone, dolomite,
Natural Resources
peat, silver

Source: http://go.hrw.com/atlas/norm_htm/ireland.htm