To Visitors to Our Blog,
Thank you for visiting us 🙂
We are from Ireland.
Did you know that Ireland is an island?
Our closest neighbour is Great Britain.
Ireland is in the North Atlantic Ocean.
You will see from this map that Ireland
is the third largest island in Europe.
Iceland is the largest island in Europe.
Can you guess what is the second largest island?
(Hint: It is our nearest neighbour.)
Ireland is the twentieth largest island in the world.
Australia is the largest island in the world.
Ireland is divided up into 32 counties
(like states in the USA).
26 of these are in the south of Ireland
and 6 are in the north.
We live in the County of Wicklow.
It’s nickname is ‘The Garden of Ireland’
because it is pretty.
Wicklow is on the east coast of Ireland.
We live 39 kilometres south of Dublin.
Dublin is our capital city.
Dublin, is our largest city.
There are 859,976 people living in Dublin.
There are 4.5 million people living in Ireland.
Ireland is 84,421 km squared.
Ireland would fit into the USA
120 times approximately.
The most northern part of mainland Ireland
is the Inishowen Peninsula in County Donegal.
It lies at latitude 55.38ºN.
The most southern part is Mizen Head.
It lies at latitude 51.45ºN
The most easterly point is the Ards Peninsula,
County Down at longitude 5.43ºW.
The most westerly point is on the Dingle Peninsula, County Kerry.
It lies at longitude 10.51ºW.
People joke and say that the next stopping point is the USA
(which it is, over the sea!)
Our highest mountain is Carrantuohill, County Kerry,
which is 1,041 metres above sea level.
The longest river in Ireland is the River Shannon (386 km)
Lough Neagh (396 km²) is our largest lake.
We live near Ireland’s tallest waterfall.
Powerscourt Waterfall is in County Wicklow.
The water falls 106 metres.
However there are three places in Ireland
that we think you definitely should see.
One is the Giant’s Causeway.
The Giant’s Causeway resulted from
the eruption of a volcano in ancient times.
It is a very interesting formation of
40,000 basalt columns that fit together
as if a giant had laid them down.
Lots of tourists visit the Giant’s Causeway.
You can read a legend about how it got its name here.
Then there is the Greystones Bear
and last but not least is Mrs. Mooney’s sweet shop.
Her sweet shop is beside our school.
UPDATE: Happily for Mrs. Mooney, she is now retired. Sadly for us, we have to walk further for our treats 😉