Ireland in colors
The third largest island in Europe (after the UK and Iceland), western of the two largest British Isles, Ireland is beautiful. Often called “the emerald isle”, people traditionally associate Ireland mostly with green color. The green color is one of the three main colors of the Irish flag – the Irish vertical tricolor of green, orange and white. In fact, green color represents the Catholic/nationalist/republican communities. Meanwhile, orange represents the Protestant/unionist/loyalist community. And the white stands for the hope for peace and unity between them. Noteworthy, in 2011 and 2013, Ireland became ranked the seventh most developed nation in the world by the United Nations’ Human Development Index. Also, Ireland – highly ranked for press, economic and political freedom. Besides, in 2011, Ireland ranked the most charitable country in Europe, and second most charitable in the world.
The Emerald Isle
© Marie Tully22
Full of mystical folklore banshee’s and fairies
Endless searching for clover while leprechaun’s hide
Mist in the air shadowy dance.
Bracken are the hillside’s with bluebell’s and romance
A thorn between county’s once driven apart.
Gaelic football and hurling playing under a golden harp
Known for there talk fighting and drink.
It’s people have big heart’s and smile’s with a nod
and a wink.
It’s most famous city with it’s cobbled stone street’s
Walked author’s and poets.
As musicians played in the street’s
Although the tenement building’s no longer stand
The bacon and cabbage is still in demand.
A pot of caudill was known as the poor man’s broth
The pawn shop by the Liffee bore everyone’s cross
The rag and bone man no longer calls.
No more horses and cart’s everyone now has car’s
Steeped in tradition it’s mythers so brave
This country so green.
The emerald isle.