Irish step dancing as we know it has existed since the 1700’s. Families in Ireland would pass down folk dances from generation to generation as a way of preserving their culture. Today, Irish dance has taken on more of a performance aspect with shows such as “Riverdance” and “Lord of the Dance” being seen around the world, and it is one of the most enjoyed and revered.
Ireland is an island located in the Atlantic Ocean off of the European coast. Its terrain is generally level plain, with some hills and low mountains. Generally, the more level plains are inland and the hills and mountains are surrounding the plains on the outside. Ireland is overcast about half of the year and its climate is usually wet and cold, however it is known to be very unpredictable. Agriculture includes products such as turnips, barley, potatoes, sugar beets, wheat; beef, dairy products and makes up about eight percent of the population’s overall occupations. Other occupations include jobs in industry, with about twenty nine percent of people working in this area, and services, which makes up the majority of peoples’ occupations with about sixty three percent of the population (About.com)
Languages and Alphabets
The majority of the people of Ireland speak English, however, Irish, which is also known as Gaelic is still used and is still the number one language for people who live in remote regions of Ireland, and who make up about twenty five percent of the population of Ireland (Ager).
The first Irish writings were written in Ogham between the fourth and sixth centuries. The Irish alphabet, up until recently, was a variation of the Latin alphabet called Gaelic script or the Irish uncial alphabet. This was used for a long time before the switch to modern day script. However, it can still be seen on road signs in Ireland. Currently, Irish is written with a form of the Latin alphabet (Ager).
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