Republic of North Macedonia

The Macedonia parliament agrees to change country’s name to the Republic of North Macedonia, ending a 27-year Greek dispute. Greece has three administrative regions that share the Macedonia name as shown in the map below.

Many Greeks feel Macedonia’s name is illegitimate in view of their own regions.

The region of Macedonia extends into Greece, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Albania, Bulgaria and Serbia as well as small areas of Kosovo.

A new version of Know Your Europe will provide updated content to reflect this recent change.


Counties of Ireland Game

Our free online resource is featured in this weeks Scoilnet newsletter as a “Top 5 Resource”, to play online visit the website for online games.

Scoilnet – Top 5 Resouces

We highly recommend Know Your Ireland which brings many advance features including learning about towns & cities, the physical features plus much much more.

Euro 2012

Great time to use Know Your Europe 2.0 in your classroom.

The 2012 UEFA European Football Championship (Euro 2012), will be the 14th European Championship for national football teams organised by UEFA. The final tournament will be hosted by Poland and Ukraine between 8 June and 1 July 2012.

We have prepared a great worksheet based on the 16 countries playing in Euro 2012, download for free today and use in your classroom over the next few weeks.

EdWare Euro 2012 Worksheet

This is a great time to study the 16 countries of Europe taking part in the tournament, including Ireland.

  • Croatia
  • Czech Republic
  • Denmark
  • England
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Italy
  • Netherlands
  • Poland (co-hosts)
  • Portugal
  • Republic of Ireland
  • Russia
  • Spain (defending champions)
  • Sweden
  • Ukraine (co-hosts)

In Know Your Europe 2.0 you can print maps of each country, view photos, learn about their capital cities, and much more.

Sunny Ireland

NASA satellite photo of Ireland taken on Monday, 26 March 2012.

This is a great photo of sunny clear Ireland, taken by NASA, click on the photo to see it bigger. Normally Ireland has at least some cloud cover, in this satellite photo we have none.

Try and spot each physical feature of Ireland, with no clouds it is easy to find the mountains, lakes and islands. You can also spot the urban areas of Dublin, Belfast, Cork and Limerick.

An interesting point on the map, notice the orange area west of Limerick City on the River Shannon, this is Aughinish (the largest alumina refinery in Europe).

26 March 2012 – A very clear day across Ireland.
28 March 2012 – Great photo of a cloudless Ireland / Different Angle

Time Lapse from the ISS

An excellent time lapse sequences of photographs taken by Ron Garan, Satoshi Furukawa
and the crew of expeditions 28 & 29 onboard the International Space Station from
August to October, 2011.

Shooting locations in order of appearance:

1. Aurora Borealis Pass over the United States at Night
2. Aurora Borealis and eastern United States at Night
3. Aurora Australis from Madagascar to southwest of Australia
4. Aurora Australis south of Australia
5. Northwest coast of United States to Central South America at Night
6. Aurora Australis from the Southern to the Northern Pacific Ocean
7. Halfway around the World
8. Night Pass over Central Africa and the Middle East
9. Evening Pass over the Sahara Desert and the Middle East
10. Pass over Canada and Central United States at Night
11. Pass over Southern California to Hudson Bay
12. Islands in the Philippine Sea at Night
13. Pass over Eastern Asia to Philippine Sea and Guam
14. Views of the Mideast at Night
15. Night Pass over Mediterranean Sea
16. Aurora Borealis and the United States at Night
17. Aurora Australis over Indian Ocean
18. Eastern Europe to Southeastern Asia at Night

Floods in Thailand

Thailand and Cambodia continue to cope with widespread flooding in November 2011. Many communities in Thailand had spent weeks under a meter (3 feet) or more of water, and floods had affected two-thirds of the country’s provinces.

Photo from November 12, 2008


Photo from November 01, 2011

Due to the floods thousands of people have died and hundreds of thousands more have been made homeless. It is estimated that over 2.4 million people have been directly affected by the floods. There is also greater risk of disease due to pollution in the water and waterborne diseases.

Economically the floods have been devastating. The floods have affected rice crops, a main food source of the local people, but also a large export crop. Rice exports in Thailand account for one-third of the total global market. This could lead to a shortage in rice and a price increase worldwide.

The floods in Thailand have also affected the production of cars and electronic equipment, resulting in price increases for these items around the world. Over 50% of the world’s hard drive production is based in Thailand. Hard drives are a vital component of computers and due to the floods there has been a worldwide shortage, increasing prices. Both Toyota and Honda have car production plants in Thailand which have been flooded, resulting in loss of production and millions of dollars of damage.

Flooded Western Digital factory, one of the largest hard drive manufactures.


Read more about the affects of the floods:
NASA Satellite Images:

Ireland Reveals Rich Scientific History

Boyle, Boole, Tyndall and Shackleton. has an excellent article highlighting the rich scientific history of Ireland.

Pop over and read the article, I have a sample snapshot below:

Robert Boyle (1627-1691) was born at Lismore Castle, Co Waterford. Boyle is sometimes called The Father of Chemistry. In 1661, he published The Sceptical Chemist. Boyle questioned alchemy, the pseudo-scientific predecessor of chemistry. He taught that the proper object of chemistry was to determine the composition of substances. He coined the term ‘analysis’. In 1662, he formulated Boyle’s Law, which states that the pressure and volume of a gas are inversely related at constant temperature.

George Boole (1815-1864) was the first professor of mathematics at Queens College, Cork (University College Cork today). Boole, sometimes called The Father of Computer Science, developed his system of Boolean Algebra while in Cork. This is used today in the design and operation of electronic computers and electronic hardware responsible for modern technology. Intellectually, George was a child prodigy. He started school at the age of 1½. There is a lovely story of how he went missing one day at the age of 2½. After much searching, he was found in downtown Lincoln in the middle of an excited crowd. Individuals in the crowd were shouting out difficult words to the child as a spelling test. George was fluently and correctly spelling the words and being showered with coins in reward.

John Tyndall (1820-1893) was born in County Carlow. He became one of greatest scientists of the 19th century. Professor of natural philosophy (physics) at The Royal Institution, he did pioneering work on radiant heat, germ theory of disease, glacier motion, sound, and diffusion of light in the atmosphere. He was the first to explain how scattering of light in the atmosphere causes the blue colour in sky. He explained how the gases in the atmosphere trap heat and keep the earth warm. He invented the light pipe, which later led to the development of fibre optics.

Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton (1874 –1922) was an Anglo-Irish explorer, one of the principal figures of the period known as the Heroic Age of Antarctic Exploration. His first experience of the polar regions was as third officer on Capt Robert Falcon Scott’s Discovery Expedition, 1901–1904. He returned to Antarctica in 1907 as leader of the Nimrod Expedition. In January 1909, he and three companions made a southern march which established a record farthest south latitude at 88° 23′ S, 97 geographical miles (114 statute miles, 190 km) from the South Pole, by far the closest convergence in exploration history up to that time. Also, he is known for the Endurance Expedition or The Imperial Trans-Antarctic Expedition (1914–1917), its last major expedition. Along with his expedition, made the first ascent of Mount Erebus and the discovery of the approximate location of the south magnetic pole.

There is a book available too: