Last week, Laurence School students were treated to a delightful Global Perspectives/Family Cultural Share presentation on the country of Ireland. The Baiardi and Nelson/Alderman families presented information on the history of Ireland and showed us video of traditional Irish dance and music. We learned that many people in the United States who are of Irish descent immigrated in the middle of the 19th century during the potato famine. We also learned about popular sports in Ireland, including Gaelic football and hurling. Did you know that both of these sports are native to Ireland?
Students were invited to explore the Alderman family home which is located in the village of Adare. Their home is called Ballinakill, and we were fortunate to see photos, as well as a video of the beautiful property. The students particularly enjoyed seeing the ancient ruins on the grounds of the property.
The presentation wrapped up with a delicious treat of sweet soda bread, and each student received a special Claddagh bracelet. The Claddagh is a traditional Irish symbol which consists of a heart, symbolizing love, a crown, symbolizing loyalty, and a pair of hands, symbolizing friendship. The students were thrilled to receive this beautiful gift!
Go raibh maith agat, or thank you, to the Baiardi and Nelson/Alderman families!