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This blogpost has been written by Rosa Almazán.

The Cliffs of Moher are situated in the West of Ireland, near Galway. These Cliffs are 8 km. long and about 214 m. high. It´s name comes from the Irish “Aillte an Mhothair” traslated as ” The Cliffs of the ruins”. They are dated in the 1st century BC
Once there, you can find  a visitors center that opened only 6 years ago. The visitor can enjoy an audivisual theatre, exhibitions and a restaurant.

I have been many times visiting the Cliffs and not always had good weather. The thick fog and the rain are very common in this area at any time of the year. So, if you are thinking of going there, don´t forget your umbrella.
There are several paths along the Cliffs, that bring you to the different parts of the Cliffs. The most visited point is called the Hag´s Head. If you are lucky and it´s sunny, you will be able to see the Aran islands form there.
There is also a tower called the O´Brien´s Tower . It´s  a round tower in the middle of the Cliffs and was built by Sir Cornellius O´Brien in 1835 for the visitors.
This part of Ireland is very beautiful specially for films directors. Some movies were filmed there,  like “ The Princess Bride” in 1987 or Harry Potter in 2009.
If you like nature, the Cliffs are a perfect place to go. The Cliffs is a home of a great variety of seabirds, like seagulls, puffins. This area is a Special protection Area for Birds. It is very common to see the puffins especially in May. It´s definitely a lovely scenery that you cannot miss.

Surfers love going to the Cliffs where the waves can reach very high and the enormous Cliffs are not worth it to miss.
Here it´s a video where you can immerse into the magnificent Cliffs of Moher.

There are also a mystical part in this scenery, several legends are around the Cliffs of Moher. It´s thought that there was a mermaid living in the Atlantic Ocean near the Cliffs and one day a fisherman could see her and even though they talked.


Cork (Corcaigh) is situated in the south west of Ireland and it is the second most important city in the country after Dublin.

You know that you can visit many interesting places there?

Furthermore, it is also the city with more cultural activities in Ireland  where you can enjoy in every corner the following:

  • Irish pubs
  • Theatres
  • art galleries
  • libraries       
  • English Market…                                                                                                                                                              

 Cork features architecturally notable buildings originating from the Medieval to Modern periods. The adjacent Grand Parade is a tree-lined avenue, home to offices, shops and financial institutions. Do not forget St. Patrick’s Street, the main street of the city which is full of shops.

It would be unforgivable not to visit the Blarney Castle where you can find a huge place to spend the whole day and of course kiss the eloquence stone, it is said  that gives you the gift of eloquence!.

Cork’s most famous building could be the Church Tower of Shandon, which dominates the north side of the city. It has four clocks, each one has a different time. Many visitors can not resist to touch the bells, “the sound of the city in melodies”.

Cork city is the heart of industry, big companies, its main area of industry is pharmaceuticals, with Pfizer Inc. Cork is also the European headquarters of Apple Inc. where over 3,000 staff are working.

The city is also home to the Heineken Brewery that brews Murphy’s Irish Stout.

Many people now is working in the many I.T. centres of the city such as, the online retailer, which has set up in Cork Airport Business Park.

Look at this video and you will find out more about this fantastic city!


Dear students,

Today we’ve been watching some videos about Ireland. Through them we’ve known its facts, myths, music, landscapes and food. If you wish to watch them again, just click on this link.

Can you leave a comment saying how much you remember from what you saw? Can you sing Molly Malone by heart? We’ll be having an exam next week :D.

Today the most important festival in Ireland is celebrated, St. Patrick’s Day. This day is full of traditions and history and people celebrate it in many different ways. If you want to know how it’s really celebrated and who St. Patrick was, I recommend you to watch this video, created by year 5 students in a Primary school of Ireland:

After watching this video, I’m sure you’re eager to celebrate this day. But as I think you can still be a bit confused by what you previously know about this day, here I leave you the video you MUST watch if you want to honour St. Patrick correctly:

If this wasn’t enough, here you can check what we wrote about this same celebration last year.

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