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Livonian: Īra
Village pier
Village pier
Lielirbe is located in Latvia
Location in Latvia
Coordinates: 57°37′08″N 22°06′24″E / 57.61889°N 22.10667°E / 57.61889; 22.10667Coordinates: 57°37′08″N 22°06′24″E / 57.61889°N 22.10667°E / 57.61889; 22.10667
Country Latvia
MunicipalityVentspils municipality
ParishTārgale parish
First mentioned1387
13 ft (4 m)
 • Total4
Time zoneUTC+2 (EET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+3 ( EEST)

Lielirbe (Livonian: Īra) is a populated place in Tārgale parish, Ventspils municipality, Latvia. One of the twelve Livonian villages on Līvõd rānda - the Livonian Coast. Other names: Liyelirbe, Gross Irben, Lielirbes Ciems

Notable people

Born in Lielirbe:

  • Martynas Lepstė (Livonian: Maŗt Lepst ) (1881-1958) — Livonian sailor and teacher on the Liv coast in 1923-1938, chairman of the Livonian Union in 1924-1933. [1]
  • Ditrick Bloom (1893-1970) — conductor of the Great Boy's Choir.
  • Emily Rull (1910-1989) — a poet.
  • Valda Bluma-Šuvcanė (1923-2007) — researcher of the Livonian culture and history.


  1. ^ "The teaching of Livonian in the coast schools was undertaken by the Livonian sailor Maŗt Lepst, who ended up riding on horseback from town to town, teaching at each school one day a week." Virtual Livonia. History. The Second National Awakening.

See also