Lush, green fields, hilly peat bogs and compact cities dot Ireland’s landscape. This beautiful island sits directly west of Great Britain, in the Atlantic Ocean. Great Britain previously ruled Ireland, but the country claimed its independence in a bloody revolution in 1922.
The Irish have a rich cultural heritage. Many of the people who live here are devoutly religious, but the younger generation are less so . The Catholic Church operates many schools and hospitals but this is changing. People gather in pubs, or bars, to visit, sing and tell stories. Many Americans have Irish ancestry and love to visit Ireland.
Fun Facts about Ireland for Kids
- Dublin is the capital city of Ireland.
- Ireland has 26,598 square miles.
- 4,662,000 people live here (2013).
- The Irish and English languages are spoken here.
- Most people are Christian.
- Ireland has a multiparty democracy.
- Ireland’s dollar is the Euro.
- 99 percent of adults can read.
- People in Ireland can expect to live 76 years.
- Peat: Moss that has been compressed over thousands of years. Peat can be burned as fuel.
- Compact: Dense, closely spaced
- Independence: gain freedom
- Revolution: war
Ireland Video for Kids
This is the best video we found for kids to learn about Ireland:
This is a video documentary about the folk culture of Ireland.
Question: What do people do to earn a living in Ireland?
Answer: In the past, many people were farmers. Today, some people are still farmers. Others work in the tourism industry. People work in manufacturing and service jobs, like education, health and banking.
Question: How does the Catholic faith affect daily life?
Answer: The Catholic church opposes abortion and birth control. Getting a divorce was illegal until 1997.
Map of Ireland
Here’s a map of the country of Ireland and all its cities and villages. Zoom in to get into street level or zoom out to see other countries around Ireland! You can see the terrain, but also see the roads, images of the buildings and even take a 3D tour through the streets of the cities of Ireland, as though you are actually there!
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