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about Ireland

The Republic of Ireland (in Irish Éire) is located in the north Atlantic Ocean just off the west coast of Great Britain. The Republic of Ireland makes up 26 of the 32 total counties on the Island of Ireland. The other six counties are in Northern Ireland which is a part of the United Kingdom.


The capital city is Dublin which is where about one-third of the total population of 4.9 million people live.


The island is lush and green, and dominated by low-lying mountains, lakes and rivers. The earliest evidence of humans is from a butchered bear bone found in a cave in County Clare which dates to 10,500 BCE.

Learn more about the Republic of Ireland below, or grab a copy of the Ireland: Explore-the-World-from-Home Guide at the shop.

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Ireland edition contains:

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  • A thorough information section providing an introduction to Ireland, it's history, vital statistics, and some of the country's most interesting people and places.

  • Three delicious Irish recipes to try with your family

  • Three fun crafts and activities inspired by Ireland

  • A passport printable for your children to fill in. This printable has the dual purpose of capturing young imaginations and also as a valuable resource for processing and recording your child's learning

  • A quiz game to test your knowledge and reinforce learning

  • A comprehensive resource guide to extend your learning

  • Ideal for kids in the 6 to 12 year age range

the vital stats​

  • Population: 4.9 million (2019)

  • Area: 70,273 sq km (118th in the world)

  • Capital: Dublin

  • Official Languages: Irish, English

  • Say Hello: Dia duit

  • Currency: Euro

  • Anthem: Amhrán na bhFiann” (The Soldier’s Song)

  • The Irish drive on the: Left of the road


did you know?

  • In Irish, there are three sets of words for numbers (one, two, three…). The words change depending on whether you're counting humans, objects, or using numbers for counting (dates, maths etc).

  • Croke Park (home of the Gaelic Athletic Association - GAA) in Dublin is the third largest stadium in Europe. It has a capacity of 82,300. It ranks behind Camp Nou (Barcelona) and Wembley (London).

  • Saint Patrick, the patron saint of Ireland is actually from Britain.

  • Hurling, a hugely popular stick and ball game in Ireland has prehistoric origins, having been played for 4,000 years.

  • The design of Ireland's national harp symbol is based on the Brian Boru harp (the 11th century High King of Ireland), which resides in Trinity College, Dublin. However, the harp has since been dated to the 14th or 15th century and so cannot have actually belonged to him.


Shamrock Badge activity from the Ireland Explore the World from Home Guide

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the Ireland edition


What symbols make you think of Ireland? I'm willing to bet that that the shamrock is one of the first things that comes to mind! In this activity you can make your own shamrock pin. We've provided instructions for a felt pin or a cardboard pin, depending on skill level.


This yummy recipe for Irish soda bread is a great one for beginner bakers, as it uses baking powder and baking soda instead of yeast to rise. Delicious with soup or served still warm with jam and butter.

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