Taking your children to visit the land of their ancestors can be expensive. Fortunately, if your heritage is Irish, this is a great weekend to explore your culture without the cost of a plane ticket.
The 2013 Irish Fest is July 12-14 at the Irish American Heritage Center in Chicago. This festival features music, dance and family activities to explore Irish culture. Admission is a mere fraction of the cost of flying to Ireland.
Recently I learned that July 12 is a major holiday in Northern Ireland. That day is Orangemen's Day which commemorates the Battle of the Boyne in 1690. I also learned that people in in Ireland eat bacon and cabbage to celebrate St. Patrick's day, not the corned beef we eat here. Of course I learned those facts, and many others at the library.
Check out these resources to help you with your explorations.
Foods of Ireland by Barbara Sheen is a great book for learning more about Irish culture through its food.
Ireland by Colleen Sexton is a great introduction for young readers.
Ireland by Melanie Waldron provides a broad overview of the country for slightly older readers.
Irish is one of the languages you can learn online through Our Mango Languages database.