Happy St Patrick’s Day – Activities for History, Science & Literature (part 2)

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Our St Patrick’s Day Activities guide referred to do some research.  These pics might help, along with the links to more information or videos.

If you are interested in history or science, you will enjoy these photos.  Derry is still a walled city, the finest example of a walled city in Europe.  I’ve also included photos of the results of a volcanic eruption, the making of china and an 18th century home that looks straight from Jane Austen.  Take a look . . .

 St Patricks Day Carrick a Rede

OK…these first pictures aren’t exactly history, but that rope bridge is about 70 meters above the water…and I am SCARED of heights.  You can see how slowly I crossed with the crowd behind me.

 St Patricks Day Carrick a Rede

Yep, I made it!  What they don’t tell you is the only way to get back to the parking lot is to come back across the bridge…oh no!

 St Patricks Day Carrick a Rede

It is absolutely beautiful once you cross the bridge and look back at the mainland.

St Patricks Day Giants Causeway

Next stop – Giant’s Causeway.  It is the result of a volcanic eruption.  There’s a legend that Finn McCool built the causeway to walk to Scotland to fight his Scottish counterpart Benandonner.  To learn more about the formation of Giant’s Causeway or the legends about this geologic formation, click here.

St Patricks Day Dunluce Castle

It started raining, so we didn’t spend much time at Dunluce Castle, but it is on the Irish Sea.

St Patricks Day Dunluce Castle

I love this look from atop the hill, looking down to what most people don’t see about castles.  If you are interested, read Castle by David Mcaulay.  It’s the best book to explain the building of a castle.

St Patricks Day Londonderry

When we started walking around the walled city of Derry, I realized more about Ninevah.  It was said that 6 chariots could race around the wall of Ninevah and this picture shows how. 

Walls around a city were not the  same as the walls protecting a fort.  They were huge.

St Patricks Day Londonderry

Derry is the only remaining completely intact walled city in Ireland and one of the finest examples of a walled city in Europe

St Patricks Day Londonderry

Four original gates allowed traffic in & out of the walled city.

St Patricks Day Londonderry

We visited with some men from the wall as we enjoyed the Guildhall.  We learned that Bill Clinton spoke at the Guildhall.


Derry & Belfast were home to the Northern Ireland troubles.  We walked around parts of the city that were free and parts that were not free during “the troubles”.  Clinton helped bring peace to the area.  To learn more about this tumultuous time, you can search on youtube for a video appropriate for your family.

St Patricks Day Belleek

Time for science…Belleek Pottery has a fabulous tour showing how china is made. If you can’t make it to Ireland for the tour, here’s an online video version.

St Patricks Day Belleek China

Beautiful handmade & handpainted china.

St Patricks Day Florence Court

I love this photo.  I feel like I’ve gone back in time to the 18th or 19th century.  Florence Court is a terrific example of homes in Jane Austen type novels.  Do you want to join me for dinner?

St Patricks Day Florence Court

Want to take a photo tour of Florence Court?  Click here

St Patricks Day Florence Court

So you can’t stay for dinner…how about a picnic in the summer house?

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