Aug 18, 2011

Irish Provinces Map Puzzle

Munster I can rattle off in my sleep, because I'm from Munster: Clare, Kerry, Cork, Waterford, Tipperary, and Limerick. Connaught comes easy, too: Galway, Mayo, Sligo, Leitrim, and Roscommon. Leinster is less ... fluid: Carlow, Dublin, Kildare, Kilkenny, Offaly ... (cough, cough) ... Wexford, Wicklow ... and so on. Ulster makes my head hurt: Cavan, Down, Donegal ... why didn't we have some kind of song? or ROYGBIV trick? or pills?
I used to be able to rely on rattling off stuff I learned way back when I had a brain to feel better about all the stuff I can't retain these days, but it seems my brain is starting to clear away its early slates as well as its daily slates. If Google hadn't already been invented, I'd be inventing it now to help me finish my provinces as well as my sentences.

I'm sure this magnetic regions map of Ireland was designed to help kids learn the four provinces of Ireland, but it would be a nice gift for an elderly/dithery visual learner, too. Love the look of the stained birch plywood, and that county lines and large lakes (I swear, Mr. Pilkington was a really great Geography teacher but I can't produce a lake beyond Lough Neagh ... ooh and Lough Allen!) are etched into the wood. Also very handy that it's magnetic because I spend quite a lot of time hanging off my fridge door ... trying to remember what I'm looking for.

Love this USA map puzzle (stained to show time zones); packaged with an Ireland map puzzle it would make a cool gift for an Irish American kid/parents of an Irish American kid.

Okay, I just remembered Antrim, Armagh, and Lough Derg. I'd better go Google-in-the-blanks or my brain will be farting like this for hours.

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