Most schools in Ireland have uniforms. Uniforms are worn everyday to school. Tracksuits are worn for Physical Education, knows as P.E.

The school uniform consists of a jumper (in dark green or light brown) with the school crest on it, a green tie, a cream-coloured blouse, a green skirt, green socks and black or brown shoes.

At Loreto College Crumlin first year to third year students wear cream blouses, green ties, green skirts, green socks, black or brown shoes, but brown jumpers with the school crest on it. In senior cycle (fourth to sixth year) students wear all green with the exception for blouse and shoes.

Most schools in Ireland also have school jackets. So do we. The coats are green with matching green-cream striped scarves. We often wear them during winter.

The sports uniform of the Loreto Camogie team.
We attend Loreto College Crumlin in Dublin 12. Everyday of going to this school is a new experience. We enjoy attending Loreto College. In fact we meet most of our best friends at this school. I attended Loreto College all my school life: first the primary school and now the secondary school. Jamie attended Loreto during primary school, too.

On Monday's and Tuesday's our school finishes at 3.40pm. On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday we finish school at 3pm. Each class last for 40 minutes except on Tuesday and Thursday morning our first three classes only last for 35 minutes, because we have 15 minutes of tutor time before we have our small break at 11:00, which last for 10 minutes. Tutor time is a class we go to see our tutor, who then signs our journals and makes important announcements. Our tutor checks our journals to make sure we don't get any bad notes for misbehaving during classes. Our tutor is Mr. Brennan and our year head is Miss Maxwell. Our principal is Miss Dempsey and our deputy principal is Miss Murphy. We get homework in most of our classes, but sometimes our teachers give us a few minutes before the bell goes to get a start on it and if you get it all done you have no homework for that class which is great!

We wear a green skirt, cream blouse, green tie and crested beige jumper and black or brown shoes. When you get to 4th year (senior cycle) you get to wear a green jumper instead. Every year 6th years create a banner with a motto before they leave the school. These banners are then displayed in school for years to come.

We love attending Loreto College Crumlin!    

Our Crest
Emily Ringstetter in a modern Dirndl

Zum Depending on the occasion, a dirndl is made  from plain or printed cotton, linen or silk. Usually it is one piece with closure zipper, hook,various buttons or laces) at the front and in center. A zipper can also be attached to the back or to the side. Traditionally, the dirndl has incorporated a pocket at the front or side, which is hidden under the skirt. Mostlya white Dirndl blouse is one which only extends to just below the chest,as well as a shawl or a short scarf.

Between a classic dress dirndl, a one-piece dress with apron, and woven fabrics with traditional patterns, and also a country house dress that is made ​​of gray or colored linen, some with leather bodice
or stocking.

Since the 20th century, more and more designers are working on the dirndl topic of fashion. Bearbeiten hier klicken .


Here are some examples for hairstyling that we wear to festivals, for example the 'Oktoberfest’.

Here are some tutorials: 



Vanessa Höner wearing an old school-t-shirt

In our school we don’t have
 to wear schooluniforms. We  can wear everything we want to, as long it isn't too short or too sexy or else we have to wear one of our old school-t-shirts.

These are our new
school-t-shirts and -jackets. The prizes are 16 EUR for a t-shirt and 22 EUR for
a jacket.

Our school-logo

Our school logo was designed by a pupil. Around 2 years ago, we had
a contest for our school logo. Every pupil had the opportunity to join the
contest. The teachers voted and the drawing with the most votes won

our school
by Andrea Spiegelsberger, Hannah Stadler, Lisa Braxenthaler

We will show you about buildings, groups and usual things in our communities, because we all live in different villages. We hope our information will help you to understand our way of life.
The center of the village is usually the Roman-Catholic-Church. The worship is every Sunday morning and Sunday evening. Around the church there is a cemetery. On celebration-days there is also a worship in the church, on Easter we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus and on Christmas we celebrate the birthday of Jesus. The church-tower rings every day every 15 minutes.
In a village we also have a day nursery. Before the children must go to school they can visit our day nursery. The parents bring their children from 8 o ´clock to 12 o `clock. The kids can play the whole morning. They also learn something, they need at school.

After the day nursery the kids must go to school in the first class of our primary school. The primary school is from the first to the fourth class. The children learn to read, write and they also do sports, music and painting. The primary school is not as exhausting as the school life from the fifth class on wards. The teachers are very friendly to the kids and they do not have marks even in the fourth class.
In our village we have a bakery. The baker must get up at night and go to the kitchen to bake for his store to sell it. He bakes pretzels, rolls, bread, cookies and so on. After church on Sunday morning most people go to the bakery and buy something for breakfast.

The maypole is a very high tree, but only the trunk of the tree. The trunk is ca. 30 m high and has always wonderful decoration, with different sings about professions in the village for example: baker, grocer, dancers, farmers and so on. In our village it’s tradition to set up the trunk every five years, but it can vary in other villages.
The guest house is often beside the maypole. In the guest house you
can eat and drink special Bavarian foods. It’s also a place for festivals, weddings, theatres, children´s carnival and so on. Very important is also the beer garden with the many chestnut trees. For large events as raising the maypole, people go to the village place. That is the place in front of the guest house.
In our community there are various clubs, sport clubs, the Catholic Rural Youth, the organ club, the gardening club, the cross-country club, the country club women and many more. In most communities there is a youth center, where you can stay, meet others and play games. In summer there are events for the whole family, with games, face painting, flea market, food- and drink stalls.

As we said, there are many clubs in the communities. I'll explain some closer. From the confirmation there is a youth group, the Catholic Rural Youth. Every Thursday they meet and make a variety of projects, as garbage collection, so that the community will be clean, in the Christmas time they go to the old people and give them flowers or cakes and in summer they practice to play baseball for a baseball tournament.

At any age you can go into the cross-country skiing club. You train two to four times a week and have a lot of fun and get to know new friends. You go on several trips together, such as in the high ropes course, boating, to the swimming pool and much more. In winter, a 3-day trip is the highlight. Of course there is also a cross-country track in our community. 

We also have a sport field where we can do sport activities, like playing football, basketball, hockey and many more. There are also different dance groups such as hip hop, break dance, step dance and zumba.
For children the village has a playground. You can come and go there when you want. There is a swing, a sandpit, a chute and more for kids. It is a lot of fun.

In the communities there are different festivals and events. This year, for
example, in St. Leonhard there was the “Wonneberger country fall”. True to the motto, “Show what we have” were Bavarian traditions, customs and old trades, like the blacksmith and broom makers demonstrated their skills to the visitor. They also showed old ways of working and attachments. For children there was of course something going on.  The rural youth supervised the young children, played with them and did face painting. For the physical well being naturally was also provided.

Typical of Bavaria are the houses that are built with lots of wood and
usually very old. The balcony is decorated with many flowers, especially
geraniums. Most people in Bavaria have their own garden where they plant
flowers, vegetables, fruit and herbs. Mostly the people have a large garden with many fruit trees, especially apple- and cherry trees. The front part of the house is where the people live. Often in the back of the house there is the stall, where cows, calves, pigs, horses, hens and lambs are. They need to be fed and milked twice daily. The farmers sell the milk to a company who produces cheese, milk or yoghurt. In the summer the animals get fresh grass of the meadow, and in the winter they get silage, which also consists of grass.

Village life
The Frisbee at the Oktoberfest
a wedding tradition
´Oascheim´ on Easter
a Christkindlmarkt at Munich
Festivals in Bavaria

Every year there are many different festivals in Bavaria. One of the most famous festival is the Oktoberfest in Munich and people come from all over the world. Of course there are many other festivals too. We will tell you about the:


A wedding in Bavaria


                            -the biggest carnival all over the world-

First something about the history:
The first Oktoberfest was held 200 years ago in Munich because of the wedding from prince Ludwig (25th august 1786 to 29th february 1868) and princess Therese (8th july 1792 to 26th october 1854). They had a big celebration and a horse race at the “Theresienwiese” at that time an wide open field in Munich. Since this wedding the place is called the Theresienwiese or the “Wiesn”. Prince Ludwig wanted to hold a festival like theOlympic games and the next year they wanted to do the horse race again and so the tradition of the Oktoberfest began.In the 19th century the
Oktoberfest has become bigger: There was the first roundabout, the statue of Bavaria, the first chicken sale, large beer halls and music chapels were
playing. In the 20th century the  “Wiesn” celebrated 100 years. At this time the people drank 12.000 hl beer in the currenty biggest beer tent with 12.000 seats.
Today every year about 6-7 million people come to Munich. It lasts for two weeks and always takes place in the last week of September and the first week of October.  People come from all over the world. Most people wear
‘Bavarian costumes for example Lederhosen and Dirndl. But there are often problems with alcohol because many people drink too much beer. There are 14 large and 15 small beer tents and 200 attractions including 80 Stage Technologie.

                                Wedding traditions
                                     There are two traditions

On the one hand there is the 'Hochzeitslader,
on the other hand there is the'Kranzlpaar'.

The 'Hochzeitslader' is a bavarian style wedding planner.
He takes care for the course of the wedding and supports the bride and groom in the the wedding planning. On the wedding day he is the master of ceremony and if applicable a morderator. He knows all Bavarian wedding traditions. For example he organizes the order for the procession for leaving the church. He can be recognized by a cane that is decorated with four colored ribbons, a red one for love, ablue one for faith, a green one for hope and a white one for virginity.

The ' Kranzlpaar'
are two, not married friends of the wedding
couple, that support them on their wedding day. For example they distribute the ribbons for the cars of the guests. Beyond that they are the first couple that enters the dance floor after the bride and groom.


On Easter we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus. A typical thing of Easter are the colorful eastereggs. Some people put colored plastic easter eggs on bushes in their garden.Today we have many traditions for example “Easter eggs hide” but mostly for small children. The Easter bunny brings the Easter eggs in a nest and hide them in the garden or in the flat. But the Easter bunny doesn’t really exist. It’s just a belief.
“Egg curling” called “Oascheibn” is a Bavarian tradition too. It goes like this:  There is a small ramp with two rakes where the hunters, one after the other leave the eggs rolling down. When they are lying on the floor everyone puts one cent above the own egg. The following persons do the same and try to hit another egg. The hunter get all the cents which fall down after the shot. After each round the owner of the egg has to put another cent on the egg. The person who collects the most cents is the
Many people also decorate some things for example a nice easter bunch in the living room. There are many easter eggs which hang on branches.

Spezial food on Easter:
”Osterlamm” (a cake that looks like a sheep)
ham, eggs, bread and salt 
All these foods we put in a basket to the church and the priest
blesses them.

Every year, 4 weeks before Christmas, there is a market in Germany, called„Chriskindlmarkt“. There are lots of stands where you can buy: mulled wine, cookies or cakes, hot dog or Bosna, or little things, which decorate your house or the Christmas tree or which you can give to your

There is also a stage at the Christkindlmarkt
and every evening there are some little performances of Christmas
songs.Every year, before the market starts, you can vote for one Christkindlein. If you want to be the Christkindlein you have to be older than 14. 

(by Regina Schrobenhauser, Julia Bachmayer and Verena Öttl)
Dia duit!!! Conas ata tu? Ta muid Katelyne agus Amy.

That was us saying in Irish: Hello!!! How are you? We are Katelyne and Amy. Irish is a main language we need to learn over here in Ireland as its out national language. As we always say 'A nation without a language, is like a body without a soul.'

Irish Music

Irish Traditional Music is at the heart of Irish culture and history; the traditional is alive and vital, open to change yet conservative of its core values. Many historical songs came from the 1916 Easter rising. The traditional instruments used in Irish culture are the Bodhran (pronounced bowron, a portable drum played with one stick) the Fiddle, the Harp.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W22gpBv00gg This is just a quick clip of Irish Dancing (River Dance)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=So1qiyLaypk this is a classic Irish song that would be played at any Irish Party or celebration.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrQaKNLRgu0 This is the National anthem of Ireland. If you can hear it properly, the singer is singing it in Irish. On screen there should be lyrics in Irish and English.

Irish Dancing

Irish Dancing is a big part of Irelands tradition. This type of dancing is known all over the world. Irish Dancing was popularised in 1994 by the world famous show River Dance. River Dance is widely known for the rapid movement of the feet and legs; as well as the body and arms being kept largely stationary. In Irish Dancing there are two kinds of dances you have the solo dances and a ceili dance. A solo dance is when you dance on your own where as a ceili dance you dance from 2 to 16 people. You would know an Irish Dancer from the pointed toes in the black soft sole shoes to the curly bouncy hair and the dazzling costumes. Irish Dancing music is based on reel and jig type of music. It is vital while dancing to have a straight back and arms by your side with pointed toes and turned out feet. This is what makes Irish Dancing so special.

Irish Dancing Dresses

There are two different types of Irish Dancing Dresses. You have your class dresses and your solo costumes. For over here in Ireland we have those two types of dresses. The class costumes is for if your dancing a ceili dance so that everyone looks the same in the same costumes, shoes and head piece (most likely a hair band). There different stages in dancing. You have easy dances first and they get harder as you win more. When you get to a higher level you can use a solo dress if you have one. A solo costumes doesn't have to have a particular design it can have any colour or accessories on it once they don't fall off. All Irish Dancing dresses have to have some sort of sash at the back along with a long sleeved and knee length dress.

Irish Dancing Shoes

There are two different types of Irish Dancing shoes. There are the soft sole shoes (Pomps) and the hard sole shoe (hornpipes). You use the soft shoes for most dances along with the ceili dances and the hard shoes are used for solo dances and ceili as well. The hornpipes make a loud banging sound but the pomps don’t make any noise when dancing. All Irish dancers have to wear white puffy socks called poodle socks while at a competition (feis) until they are 18. When doing a dance with girls over 18 they have to wear black tights.

Hornpipe shoes
Soft Pomp Shoes used for Irish Dancing
by Ellie Whelan, Robyn and Shauna Grogan.

This is our project about Ireland. We hope you enjoy and understand it.

The little country highlighted in green is Ireland and this is the country we will tell you about. 

Ireland is quite small and Irish people think it shaped like a teddy bear (Look at the pictures above and below).

There are 32 counties in total in Ireland. Six of them are in Northern Ireland and the other 26 are in the Republic of Ireland.

The counties in the Republic are:
Donegal, Monaghan, Cavan, Kerry, Cork, Waterford, Claire, Tipperary, Limerick, Dublin, Meath, Kildare, Offaly, Carlow, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow, Kilkenny, Laois, Louth, Longford, Galway, Mayo, Roscommon, Leitrim and Sligo.

The counties in Northern Ireland are: Fermanagh, Antrim, Tyrone, Down, Armagh and Derry.

Ireland attracts many tourists every year. In Dublin people like to visit sights such as the Book of Kells at Trinity College, the Guinness Storehouse, the Phoenix Park and its surroundings, some seaside resorts like Bray and Howth. Our favourite place in Dublin is the Zoo located in Phoenix Park. It has lots of different animals from all over the world and a great atmosphere.

More Facts about Ireland (taken from Wikipedia)

Native names: IrishÉireEnglishIrelandUlster-ScotsAirlann

Nickname: the Emerald Isle; the Island of Saints and Scholars

Location: Northern Europe or Western Europe

Area: 84,421 km2 (32,595.1 sq mi) 

Coastline: 2,797 km (1,738 mi)

Highest elevation/mountain: 1,041 m (3,415 ft), Carrauntoohil
Largest city/capital city of the Republic of Ireland: Dublin

Largest city in Northern Ireland: Belfast

Thanks for reading our project!

The 32 counties of Ireland and their population density.
A popular destination for visitors in Dublin, is Temple Bar in the heart of the city.
by Alexandra Steinmaßl
Always on the first of May in our region, the maypoles are set up.
It is a decorated tree, which is sometimes in the bavarian colours blue and white.

The maypole is set up in front of a inn in the community.

The tree must be at least 30 m tall and 100 years old.

Men from the community cut the Maypole.

They cut it  between Christmas and 6 of Janury.

3 days before May 1st, they bring it to the front of the inn.

People from other communities are allowed to steal the tree secretly.

So that the maypole can be set up on May 1st, the people who stole it want a free snack, before they give it back.

Then on May 1st all people from the community go to the inn to drink, eat and celebrate.

The marching band from the community plays and the people dance traditional dances.

Traditonal dance

a marching band

The maypole is set up by the men, who wear bavarian garb.

There are also some signs on the tree, which show the different businesses of the community.

Blog entry by Lauren Ellis and Katie McGrath.
From day to day we go from class to class learning something new every forty minutes. Five days a week we have Irish, English and Maths. As well as Irish we have to learn a second language, which is French. It is not a choice for us, but might be in some other schools around Ireland. There are five subjects we can choose from in our school, which are the following:
  • Art
  • Business
  • Home-Economics
  • Science
  • Music

We all enjoy doing these subjects very much. The most common subjects that were kept in our class are Business, Art and Home-Economics. The teachers in our School are very kind and enthusiastic and take their job very seriously. They try their best to work their hardest in class to provide a good future for the students. They also have a laugh when it is suitable but make students get back to work when needed. All teachers in our school have a reputation that all their students get really good results in their junior certificate and leaving certificate. They do this by making sure our work is of the highest standards. "Setting standards and reaching goals" is how we put it.

Dublin Gaelic Football Jersey
GaelicFootball is a field game which has developed as a distinct game similar to the progression of Australian Rules. Gaelic Football is played on a pitch up to 145m long and 90m wide. The goalposts are the same shape as on a rugby pitch, with the crossbar lower than a rugby one and slightly higher than asoccer one.

The ball used in Gaelic Football is round, slightly smaller than a soccrt ball. It can be carried in the hand for a distance of four steps and can be kicked or  "hand-passed", a striking motion with the hand or fist. After every four steps the ball must be either bounced or "solo-ed", an action of dropping the ball onto the foot and kicking it back into the hand. You may not bounce the ball twice in a row. To score, you put the ball over the crossbar by foot or hand / fist for one point or under the crossbar and into the net by foot or the hand / fist in certain circumstances for a goal, the latter being the equivalent of
three points. Each team consists of 15 players, lining out as per the diagram.

 Officials for a game comprise of a referee, two linesmen (to indicate when the ball leaves the field of play at the side and to mark '45’ free kicks and four umpires (to signal scores, assist the referee in controlling the games, and to assist linesmen in positioning '45' frees). A goal is signalled by raising a green flag, placed to the left of the goal. A point is signalled by raising a white flag, placed to the right of goal. A '45' is signalled by the umpire raising his/her outside arm. A 'square ball', when a player scores having arrived in the 'square' prior to receiving the ball, is signalled by pointing at the small parallelogram.

A typical Gaelic football.
This is a Gaelic game (Dublin vs. Mayo) played in Croke Park, the GAA stadium.

Irish Sports: Hurling and Camogie

Hurling is believed to be the world’s oldest field game. When the Celts came to Ireland as the last ice age was receding, they brought with them a unique culture, their own language, music, script and unique pastimes. One of these pastimes was a game now called hurling. It features in Irish folklore to illustrate the deeds of heroic mystical figures and it is chronicled as a distinct Irish pastime for at least 2,000 years.

The stick, or "Hurley" (called camán in Irish) is curved outwards at the end, to provide the striking surface. The ball or "sliotar" is similar in size to a hockey ball but has raised ridges.

Hurling is played on a pitch that can be up to 145m long and 90m long. The goalposts are similar to those used on a rugby pitch, with the crossbar lower than in rugby and slightly higher than a soccer one.

You may strike the ball on the ground, or in the air. Unlike hockey, you may pick up the ball with your Hurley and carry it for not more than four steps in the hand. After those steps you may bounce the ball on the Hurley and back to the hand, but you are forbidden to catch the ball more than twice. To get around this, one of the skills is running with the ball balanced on the Hurley To score, you put the ball over the crossbar with the Hurley or under the crossbar and into the net by the Hurley for a goal, the latter being the equivalent of three points.

Each team is made up of 15 players with match officials and scoring values the same as in Gaelic Football.

This is the way the team is set out for a 15 a-side game for hurling and camogie.
This is a Hurling game, Dublin vs Kilkenny.
Blog entry by Beth Whyte and Chelsea Lynham.

    The Authors:

    We are the students of 8A at the Maria-Ward-Schule in Traunstein, Germany and of 2AB at Loreto College Crumlin in Dublin, Ireland.

    This blog was created for our first virtual exchange project. Every week we will upload different topics about school life, tradition, culture and leisure in our home countries and exchange ideas and comments about these.

    Feel free to join in our discussions!

    We are looking forward to a fun and enriching exchange of ideas!


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