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Fáilte go dtí Tairseach na hÉireann!
Fair faa ye tae tha Airlann Inlat!
Welcome to the Ireland Portal!


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Ireland (Irish: Éire, Ulster Scots: Airlann) is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island in the world. It lies to the north-west of continental Europe and is surrounded by hundreds of islands and islets. The Republic of Ireland covers five-sixths of the island. Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, covers the remainder and is located in the northeast of the island. The population of Ireland is estimated to be 6.2 million. Slightly less than 4.5 million are estimated to live in the Republic of Ireland and slightly less than 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.

Relatively low-lying mountains surrounding a central plain to epitomise the Ireland's geography with several navigable rivers extending inland. The island has a lush vegetation, a product of its mild but changeable oceanic climate, which avoids extremes in temperature. Thick woodlands covered the island until the 1600s. Today, it is the most deforested area in Europe. Twenty-six mammal species are native to Ireland, with some, such as the red fox, hedgehog and badger, being very common. Others, like the Irish hare, red deer and pine marten are less so.

Irish culture has had a significant influence on culture world-wide, particularly in the fields of literature and, to a lesser degree, science and learning. A strong indigenous culture, expressed for example through native sports and the Irish language, exists alongside a regional culture, such as Rugby football and golf. Read more ...


Selected article

The British–Irish Council is a body created by the Belfast Agreement in 1998, and formally established on 2 December 1999 on the entry into force of the consequent legislation. Its membership includes representatives from the governments of the Republic of Ireland; the United Kingdom and three of its constituent countries: Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales; and the three Crown dependencies: Guernsey, Jersey and the Isle of Man. Its stated aim is to "promote the harmonious and mutually beneficial development of the totality of relationships among the peoples of these islands". Read more...

Selected biography

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Evanna Lynch (born 16 August 1991) is an Irish actress and model from Termonfeckin. She rose to prominence for her portrayal of Luna Lovegood in the Harry Potter film series, appearing in four films and their tie-in video games. She has made fashion accessories and recorded an audiobook of Foster by Claire Keegan. She has also appeared in photo shoots for various magazines, and modelled for Katrin Thomas and Ciaran Sweeney. She has used her fame to promote healthy self-esteem and body image in young girls because of her previous experiences with the disorder anorexia nervosa. Her charity work includes participation with the Multiple Sclerosis Society of Ireland and is also a member of the Board of Advisors for the Harry Potter Alliance. Read more...

 

Selected series: Irish cities

Belfast
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Top: Belfast skyline, Middle: Ulster Museum, Victoria Square, Great Victoria Street, Albert Clock, Bottom Belfast City Hall, Harland & Wolff
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Area 44.4 sq mi (115 km2)
Population City of Belfast:
267,500[4] 
Urban area:
483,418[5]
Metropolitan area:
641,638[6]
Irish grid reference J338740
• Dublin 106 mi (171 km) S
District
County
Country Northern Ireland
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Post town BELFAST
Postcode district BT1–BT17, BT29 (part), BT36 (part), BT58
Dialling code 028
Police Northern Ireland
Fire Northern Ireland
Ambulance Northern Ireland
EU Parliament Northern Ireland
UK Parliament
NI Assembly
Website www.belfastcity.gov.uk
List of places
UK
Northern Ireland
  1. ^ "The Scotsman". Johnston Press. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  2. ^ "The Linen Hall Library". The Linen Hall Library. Retrieved 2011-04-13.
  3. ^ "Placenames Database of Ireland – Belfast". Logainm.ie. Retrieved 12 August 2010.
  4. ^ "Demography". NISRA. Retrieved 2009-05-30.
  5. ^ The UK's major urban areas Office for National Statistics (Belfast Urban Area defined in footnote 6, page 16 of the pdf)
  6. ^ http://www.nisra.gov.uk/archive/demography/publications/urban_rural/ur_gaz.pdf


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