Irun (old Basque for 'fortified town', Spanish: Irún) is a town of the Bidasoa-Txingudi region in the province of Gipuzkoa in the Basque Autonomous Community, Spain. Nowadays it is widely accepted by the historic researcher community that Irun is the ancient Basque Roman town of Oiasso on account of the vestiges (port, factory, etc.) disclosed lately in the historic nucleus of Irun, while the name itself may have applied to the whole surrounding area.
One of the biggest towns in Gipuzkoa, its border town situation (it is located on the border between Spain and France, across the Bidasoa river from Hendaye), has made Irun into a commercial and logistic centre, with important railway infrastructure, where the SNCF 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 1⁄2 in) standard gauge rails meet the 1,668 mm (5 ft 55⁄6 in) broad gauge Renfe ones. Currently Irun features a fair ground provided with modern exhibition and telecommunication facilities just at some 100 metres away from the actual borderline at the Santiago Bridge (river Bidasoa).
Irun is part of the conurbation of Txingudi bay with Hondarribia and Hendaye, the town being also involved in the Eurocité Basque Bayonne-San Sebastián.
One of its main festivals is the Alarde, a parade recreating an episode of the Peninsula War. Its main sports club is the Real Unión where its football team plays in Spain's Segunda División.
People from Irun 
- Luis Mariano, singer.
- Amaia Montero, singer.
- Fermin Muguruza, singer.
- Alberto Górriz, footballer.
- Alberto López Fernández, footballer.
- Iñaki Descarga, footballer.
- Javier Garrido, footballer.
- Javier Irureta, footballer.
- Javier Yubero, footballer.
- Luis Regueiro, footballer.
- Patricio Arabolaza, footballer.
- Oier Olazábal, footballer.
- Sergio Francisco, footballer.
- Juan Manuel Gárate, cyclist.
- Kortatu, punkrock band
- Jose Antonio Santano, current mayor
- Menchu Gal, notable painter (see es:Menchu Gal)
- Oscar Del Santo, international blogger and author
- Arantza Kiroga, President of the Basque Parliament
- Lourdes Maldonado, TV presenter
- Edward Rosset, novelist
- Jon Sistiaga, reporter
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