FC: Ireland | Luck of the Irish
1: "May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go." ~Irish Blessing
2: The climate in Ireland is very moderate. The summers are cool and the winters are mild, it makes for a great climate for crops and livestock. The summers are filled with warm, sunny weather with light fluffy clouds. The winters have cloudy, rainy days with little snowfall. Hurricane season is between July and August. Also don't be surprised to see lots of rainbows in Ireland!
3: Ireland has low central plains surrounded by a ring of coastal mountains. The western side of Ireland is rugged and made up of small islands and peninsulas. The majority of the coastline is rocky cliffs and mountains, so all the farming goes on in the central plains where it is flatter and the soil is moist. Ireland has great climate and geography for it's main agricultural product, livestock. Ireland's climate and geography differ a lot from the surrounding countries, mainly because it is just a large island. It rains more there, also, since it is a smaller country, there isn't an extreme difference from coast to coast.
6: Ireland's population is only 4,481,430 and is 32,599 square miles big. The main language spoken in Ireland is Hiberno-English (Irish-English) which is just English with an Irish accent.
7: Ireland's fist settlement was in 8000 B.C. when hunter gatherers came from Europe through the land bridge. Ireland became a republic and democracy in 1922, a few years after World War 1 ended. Present day Ireland has a sovereign, independent, democratic government, under the constitution of 1937.When commonwealth ties were served with Great Britain were served in 1949, Ireland became a republic. Also Ireland's main religion is Roman Catholic.
10: Special Holidays: January 1: New Years March 17: Saint Patrick's Day Easter Monday Labor Day June Holiday August Holiday October Holiday December 25: Christmas Day December 26: Saint Stephan's Day
11: Ireland has many traditions. Irish weddings have traditions like it is bad to get married in May “Marry in May and rue the day” but it is lucky to get married in April because it brings joy. Claddagh rings show if you are available or in a relationship. Wedding dresses are usually blue, because it symbolizes purity. The first person to congratulate and make a toast to the new bride and groom needs to be a man, because it is bad luck to have a girl be the first. Christmas trees are decorated with things from nature & needs to be kept up until January 6th, if earlier then it will be bad luck. “Spring cleaning” happens the weekend of Easter, to cleanse the house in preparation for it to be blessed, also on Good Friday, no outdoor work is to be done because it is the time for preparation and rest for Easter.
12: When Irish eyes are smiling, 'Tis like a morn in spring. With a lilt of Irish laughter You can hear the angels sing. | Fun Fact: Since Irish food barely has any spices in it, most recipes call for healthy ingredients like fruits and nuts, even in the dessert!
13: Some major ingredients in Irish cooking are parsley, sage, rosemary, thyme, bay leaves, parsnips, ale, and meat broths, spices are not commonly use in Irish cooking, but herbs are used a lot more and are commonly added with butter. An unusual fact about Ireland is that Irish people eat a lot of lamb, and I think that's gross. Also I find it interesting that Ireland is one gigantic island, so no other countries are touching it.
15: If you're enough lucky to be Irish, you're lucky enough! ~Irish Saying
18: May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, May good luck pursue you each morning and night. ~Irish Blessing
19: St. Patrick's Day is an enchanted time - a day to begin transforming winter's dreams into summer's magic. ~Adrienne Cook
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21: May luck be our companion May friends stand by our side May history remind us all Of Ireland's faith and pride. May God bless us with happiness May love and faith abide. ~Irish Blessing
22: May the Irish hills caress you. May her lakes and rivers bless you. May the luck of the Irish enfold you. May the blessings of Saint Patrick behold you. ~Irish Blessing
23: May your blessings outnumber The shamrocks that grow, And may trouble avoid you Wherever you go. ~Irish Blessing
25: May your pockets be heavy and your heart be light, May good luck pursue you each morning and night. ~Irish Blessing