There are two articles written by the students of the school below and one by an Italian newspaper. The students really were listening well and enjoying themselves. It’s a great school and thanks to Silvana and the staff for assisting me in making this a great event.
Although it was organised by the Italian side of the school, the Croatian side came along as well. About 400 students all in all.
A Presentation on Irelandby Simone Marangon
This year, on the European Day of Languages, we had an interesting presentation in the school gym. The presentation was held by an Irishman, Mr Paul O’ Grady, who spoke about Ireland, its economic system, the most important places and monuments and, of course, about the Irish culture. He told us that he was born in Dublin, the main city in Ireland, and that he was also a teacher for a short period of time.
He told us a lot of things about his country, for example that it rains over 340 days per year and that the shamrock doesn’t represent good luck but the Holy Trinity. He explained to us that Irish and English are very different languages and he proved that by singing an Irish song. Needless to say that nobody understood a word. He showed us some examples in this Celtic language such as „Tà mè ngrá leat“, which means „I love you”.
He also spoke about and showed us some important and beautiful places in Ireland, like the 200 meter-high cliffs in the west, which are famous for the dangerous eight-feet-high waves and surfing. He then mentioned Trinity College, the oldest Irish university, Newgrange, the oldest monument, and Drumbeg, a place devoted to the pagan druids.
After that we danced with him the traditional Irish dance and we had a lot of fun with him.
The Emerald Isleby Giacomo Corazza
On Friday, 26 September 2014, we had the opportunity to attend a lecture on the Irish culture held by Mr Paul O’Grady, an Irishman who has been living in Istria for many years.
The meeting took part in the local school gym “Gymnasium”. He told us that in Ireland it rains approximately 340 days a year and that the patron saint of Ireland is Saint Patrick. The legend says that he cleared the country from snakes. He also told us about the Irish language which is a Celtic or Gaelic language, very special and much different from English. For example “James is anim dum” means “My name is James”.
In the West of Ireland cliffs can be 200 metres high. It is very dangerous to surf there and the first person to do it was a woman. The capital of Ireland is Dublin, but a lot of people consider Cork the real capital. The oldest Irish university is called Trinity College and it’s in Dublin.
Ireland has also a lot of important historical attractions. Newgrange is a prehistoric monument in the region of County Meath, located about one kilometre north of the River Boyne. It was built during the Neolithic period around 2500-3200 BC making it older than the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge. It is huge but it has a really small entrance. Drombeg stone circle is another site of great historical importance. It is also known as the Druids’ Altar.
Glendaloch or Glendalough is a glacial valley in County Wicklow and the place name means a glen of two lakes. Dunguaire Castle is a 16th century tower house on the southeastern shore of Galway Bay. It is also called Kinvarra. The grounds of the castle are open to tourists in the summer.
He also sang us some songs and I liked “Caledonia”, which is a synonym for Ireland (Hibernia is the classical Latin name). We also learnt that Riverdance is a theatrical show consisting mainly of traditional Irish music and dance.
Economically, Ireland is a country with one of the fastest growing economies. This economic growth was especially evident in the period between 1995 and 2000. Ireland is also defined as the Celtic Tiger.
Finally, Mr. Paul O’Grady taught us how to dance the traditional Irish dances. Many students joined the dance. We enjoyed very much meeting Mr Brady, had good fun and learned a lot about his beautiful country.