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Ireland
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 7 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.14

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     challenging words:    dullahan, fast-talking, merrow, blight, typhus, cholera, countryside, eloquent, independence, sealskin, ancestry, headless, horseman, lasted, priest, basis
     content words:    Atlantic Ocean, Ice Age, Iron Age, Their Celtic, United States, Revolutionary War, Aer Lingus, Blarney Castle, Blarney Stone, Jonathan Swift


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Ireland
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Ireland, a small island country in the Atlantic Ocean near England, has gone through many changes. Ever since the Ice Age, both the land and the people of Ireland have faced changes. During the Ice Age glaciers changed the land itself, wearing down the mountains and carving bays into the coastline. The Irish people have changed over time too. When we think of early Irish people, we usually think of the Celts. The Celts came to Ireland around 500 BC. They were Iron Age people who worshipped nature and lived in small kingdoms. Their Celtic language was the basis for the modern Irish language, also called Gaelic.
 
2     One of Ireland's early heroes was St. Patrick. At first, he came to Ireland as a slave, but he escaped and became a Christian priest. Later he returned to Ireland to help the Irish people. St. Patrick started monasteries where Irish people and others could get a classical education. Influenced by St. Patrick, most of the Celtic people became Christian.
 
3     In the 17th century, Ireland was taken over by England.

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