Ireland Unit Study: Geography

Our study of Ireland wouldn’t be complete without our signature foam map! We used our pattern (the detail of the country simplified to make it easier to cut out) to trace onto paper and then cut it out. You can download your copy of the map HERE.

We used map pins to attach the different countries onto the map.

Derry – Located in Northern Ireland, (we included all of Ireland for the same of our unit study), also known as Londonderry, is a city on the River Foyle. It’s famous for the intact 17th-century Derry’s Walls with seven gates. Population >80,000 people.

Belfast – is Northern Ireland’s capital, and the birthplace of the RMS Titanic, which famously struck an iceberg and sunk in 1912. Today the renovated dockyards’ Titanic Quarter features the Titanic Belfast, an aluminum-clad museum reminiscent of a ship’s hull. Population >280,000 people.

Sligo – this town straddles the Garavogue River where it meets Sligo Bay. It’s known for its literary heritage and rugged countryside. Ruined medieval Sligo Abbey has carved tombs and a 15th-century altar. Sligo County Museum displays memorabilia of local poet W.B. Yeats, paintings and Stone Age artefacts. Population around 20,000 people.

Galway – a harbor city on Ireland’s west coast, sits where the River Corrib meets the Atlantic Ocean. The city’s hub is 18th-century Eyre Square, a popular meeting spot surrounded by shops and traditional pubs that often offer live Irish folk music. Population around 80,000 people.

Dublin – is the capital of the Republic of Ireland, located on Ireland’s east coast at the mouth of the River Liffey. Its historic buildings include Dublin Castle, dating to the 13th century, and imposing St Patrick’s Cathedral, founded in 1191. Population >500,000 people.

Limerick – located in Munster province in the south of the country, this compact old town is known for the medieval-era St. Mary’s Cathedral and St. John’s square, which is lined with Georgian townhouses. Standing along the River Shannon, the 13th-century King John’s Castle is one of the city’s most recognisable sites. Population >90,000 people.

Killarney – a small town on the shores of Lough Leane in southwest Ireland’s County Kerry. The town’s 19th-century buildings include St. Mary’s Cathedral. Population around 15,000 people.

Waterford – is the oldest city in Ireland and located in southeast Ireland as a seaport. It was founded by Vikings in 914 A.D. and parts of its ancient walled core remain. Within Reginald’s Tower, a circa-1003 fortification, the Waterford Museum of Treasures displays local archaeological finds. Famed glass manufacturer Waterford Crystal began here in 1783. Population >50,000 people.

Cork – located inland from Ireland’s southwest coast, is a university city with its center on an island in the River Lee, connected to the sea by Cork Harbour. The castlelike 1824 Cork City Gaol once held prisoners bound for Australia, and exhibitions relay the building’s history. The hilltop steeple of 18th-century Shandon Church (officially the Church of Saint Anne) is a symbol of the city. Population >100,000 people.

It’s so much fun to visualize where the different cities/towns are on a map. I talked to my kiddo how I had visited Dublin when she was a little baby in my tummy. She told me she didn’t get to see anything because it was too dark inside. She cracks me up!

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