Northern Ireland Scene 1 Transcript Stephen: Come on, Ash. You said you wanted to see the scenery and you keep looking at the guidebook. Easter Rising: Centenary parade takes place in Dublin Hundreds of thousands of people have lined the streets of Dublin where a parade has marked the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising. The military parade was the largest ever staged in the Republic of Ireland, and featured a fly-past over the city centre by the Irish Air Corps. Image copyright Getty Images History of Saint Patrick and St. Patrick's day St Patrick is known as the patron saint of Ireland. True, he was not a born Irish. But he has become an integral part of the Irish heritage, mostly through his service across Ireland of the 5th century. Patrick was born in the later half of the 4th century AD. There are differing views about the exact year and place of his birth.
St. Patrick’s Day Traditions - St. Patrick’s Day Music is often associated with St. Patrick’s Day—and Irish culture in general. From ancient days of the Celts, music has always been an important part of Irish life. The Celts had an oral culture, where religion, legend and history were passed from one generation to the next by way of stories and songs. After being conquered by the English, and forbidden to speak their own language, the Irish, like other oppressed peoples, turned to music to help them remember important events and hold on to their heritage and history. Authentic video in the classroom: Ireland I What you see here is an approximately 3-minute clip from a 50-minute travel video on Ireland. It is authentic, in the sense that it’s intended for English-speaking people interested in travelling and other countries, not for language learners per se. “Ireland” is one of many videos in the Globetrekker series produced by UK-based Pilot Productions.
How a failed rebellion changed the world: The Easter Rising’s strange centennial Everything about the Easter Rising of 1916 is controversial, including when to celebrate its centennial. By longstanding tradition, the anniversary of the doomed rebellion that ultimately led to the creation of an independent Irish state is celebrated on Easter Monday, the day picked by the insurgents for the most overtly Catholic revolt in the long history of Irish-British discord. So the centennial observation of the Rising happened in Dublin last week, complete with speeches, parades, wreath-laying ceremonies and the kinds of Irish sectarian disputes that are nearly impossible to explain to outsiders. (A small group of protesters described as “dissident republicans” — essentially a fragment of a fragment of the old IRA — were angry that the observance encompassed not just the Irish martyrs of the Rising but also the British soldiers who died in suppressing it.)
The Origins of St. Patrick's Day St. Patrick's Day celebrates the Roman Catholic feast day of the patron saint of Ireland. St. Patrick died on March 17, 461. But did you know that he wasn't even Irish? St. Patrick’s Day Recipes - St. Patrick’s Day 2 lb boneless beef chuck, cut into 1-inch pieces 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour 1 teaspoon salt 1/2 teaspoon black pepper 2 tablespoons vegetable oil 1 large onion, coarsely chopped 2 garlic cloves, chopped 3 tablespoons water 1 1/2 tablespoons tomato paste 1 cup beef broth 1 cup Guinness or other Irish stout 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce 2 teaspoons drained brined green peppercorns, coarsely chopped 2 fresh thyme sprigs Rough puff pastry dough 1 large egg, lightly beaten 1 tablespoon water Special equipment: 4 (14-oz) deep bowls or ramekins (4 to 5 inches wide) or similar-capacity ovenproof dishes Put oven rack in middle position and preheat oven to 350°F.
Authentic video in the classroom: Ireland II My second example of utilising authentic video in the EFL classroom is based on the same 50-minute travel video as my first. Of course, one can apply this to any video, but this time I will stick with Ireland. How I do it now will, however, differ from my last post because now I’ll concentrate on the language and vocabulary awareness in detail (but I wouldn’t use both methods on the same video in the same class, though). This approach is, however, associated with a lot of painstaking preparatory work for the teacher, because transcription of the video material needs to be done, at least for some of the clips. The English Miscellany: 52 Creative Writing Activities In this blog I appear to have sketched out fifty-two creative writing methods, strategies, and some pedagogic principles. Please add your suggestions and ideas to the comments section at the end of this blog. 52 Creative Writing Activities 1. The Forked Paths
Peace wall demolished in Belfast after dividing communities for 30 years - Irish Post A NORTHERN Irish ‘peace wall’ has been demolished after 30 years of dividing communities in Belfast. The wall, on the Crumlin Road in the Ardoyne area of north Belfast, stood for three decades before contractors tore it down yesterday. It was erected in the mid-1980s, designed to give “protection to residents in the interface of the area” during the Troubles. But the Northern Ireland Housing Executive (NIHE) made the move yesterday to demolish the 8ft high structure, which will be replaced by railings and decorative panels. The decision to take down the wall was led by the local community, who were seen taking bricks from the wall home with them.
History of St. Patrick’s Day - St. Patrick’s Day Saint Patrick, who lived during the fifth century, is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland. Born in Roman Britain, he was kidnapped and brought to Ireland as a slave at the age of 16. He later escaped, but returned to Ireland and was credited with bringing Christianity to its people. In the centuries following Patrick’s death (believed to have been on March 17, 461), the mythology surrounding his life became ever more ingrained in the Irish culture: Perhaps the most well known legend is that he explained the Holy Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) using the three leaves of a native Irish clover, the shamrock. Since around the ninth or 10th century, people in Ireland have been observing the Roman Catholic feast day of St. Patrick on March 17.