Ireland Stories

Halloween Around The World

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Halloween is one of the world’s oldest holidays. It is believed to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, when the Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France,  would light bonfires…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Claddagh Ring

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The Claddagh Ring is a traditional symbol from Ireland. The ring, first made in the 17th century, comes from a small village near Galway, called Claddagh. There are three components to the ring, each of which symbolize something cherished – a crown, hands, and heart….

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Teach Through Educational Travel: The Blarney Stone

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Download a larger image and share the photo with your class, then try these discussion questions and classroom activities:   Why do people travel all the way to Blarney Castle to kiss the Blarney Stone? Have students use critical thinking to venture a guess and then…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Aran Isands

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At the mouth of Galway Bay, on the west coast of Ireland, lie three islands that have influenced the world far more than their diminutive size would suggest. These islands – the Aran Islands – have around 1,200 residents, who speak both Gaelic and English….

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Trinity College Dublin

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Trinity College Dublin, founded in 1592 by Queen Elizabeth, is the oldest university in Ireland. Many famous writers graduated from Trinity College, including Jonathan Swift (Gulliver’s Travels), playwright Oscar Wilde (The Importance of Being Earnest), playwright Oliver Goldsmith (She Stoops to Conquer), playwright Samuel Becket…

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A Comedy of Errors in Ireland

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I had the opportunity over the summer to visit Ireland for the first time. My mom and I went for a week long visit and decided to plan the trip ourselves and drive the whole way. As you might image, it was quite an adventure….

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Teach Through Educational Travel: The Cliffs of Moher

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The Cliffs of Moher are an extraordinary natural formation of sheer cliffs dropping down into the Atlantic Ocean – and Ireland’s most visited attraction. The Cliffs are located on the west coast of County Clare; the nearest town is Doolin. The Cliffs rise up 214…

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Teach Through Educational Travel: Half Penny Bridge, Dublin

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Dublin: the city of literature – and the capital of Ireland. Famous authors such as William Butler Yeats, George Bernard Shaw, Samuel Beckett, Oscar Wilde, Jonathan Swift, Bram Stoker, James Joyce, J.M. Synge, Maeve Binchy, and Roddy Doyle are all from Dublin. In such a…

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Fun Facts for St. Patrick’s Day

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Happy St. Patrick’s Day! As you pull on your green “Kiss me I’m Irish” t-shirt, prepare for a parade or cook up some corned beef and cabbage, check out these fun facts I’ve gathered about the holiday: Do you know that the color traditionally associated…

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