Today, we learn a little more about the history and geography of Ireland using some map
and timeline activities.
If your students keep a running timeline of events that you study together, add some
significant dates from Ireland's history today. If this is not an exercise that you regularly
have your students do, then pull out a clean sheet of paper and create either a horizontal
timeline or vertical list of events. This timeline can be added to the report or lapbook
which your students will be assembling later in the unit study (Lesson 4). Here are a few
key events that you can add, but also check out these two sites listed below for an indepth
timeline of Ireland's history.
c.600 BC Celts begin to arrive in Ireland, from central Europe.
c.100 BC Arrival of the Gaels
200 Beginnings of High Kingship at Tara
432 Arrival of St. Patrick to help convert pagan Gaelic Kings to Christianity
795 The Vikings begin raiding Ireland
1002 Brian Boru becomes High King of Ireland
1166 Rory O'Connor becomes High King of Ireland
1177 King Henry makes his son John Lord of Ireland
1394 King Richard II leads an army to subdue Ireland.
1556 Queen Mary sends English people to settle land confiscated from Irish rebels in
Laois and Offaly. Mary is the first monarch to successfully 'plant' English settlers in
1593-1603 The Nine Years War
1610 The first Protestant settlers arrive
1660 Charles II becomes king
1740-1741 A severe famine affects Ireland