cultural celebrations :: an Irish festival

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We should have been wearing a bit o’ green as well, right? 

The celebration of Ireland in our school studies included some good foods :: Irish soda bread (top picture, and we all decided the recipe is not a keeper :), good ole Irish stew with lots of potatoes (a staple in Ireland past and present) and apple cake!  Celtic music played in the background and after dinner we of course took in a bit of Riverdance via video.

My husband took the opportunity to tell the younger children of the Riverdance frenzy that took place in our home about nine years ago :: I can’t deny that it was all somewhat obsessive.  We even went to see the tour, which capped a long season of listening to the soundtrack, watching video clips and trying our own feet at fast-paced leg work (um, I am not good at Irish step dancing!).  Oh well!

A few sources used in our schooling ::

an interactive tour of the Irish Potato Famine of the 19th century

Ireland hosts the most unhygienic tourist attraction in the world, the Blarney Stone!  who wants to hang upside down to kiss a stone!?  The children found this hilarious.

this book found in our local library is short, full of pictures and helpful to understand the culture. 

 

Well, top of the morning to you! (a phrase thought to originate in Ireland, but actually it’s from New Zealand!)

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3 comments

Jennifer

What fun!
We checked out a book on tape about the Irish Potato Famine called, Nory Riley's Song, I believe. It was a fascinated story.
Enjoy your 'travels' 🙂

Dee

This looks like so much fun! Thank you for sharing!

Anonymous

Well hello Homeschoolers-

I'm reading your blog a little late but nonetheless with much interest. When I was in college I had to read a book by the famous author James Joyce from Ireland. Did you all come across his name in your studies? Reporting from the GREENLAND——-

Alice