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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 ...

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SS Irish Oak was a steamship chartered by Irish Shipping Limited in 1941, to transport wheat and fertilizer from North America to Ireland at a time when the country had few ships of her own. Sailing as a clearly marked neutral vessel, not in-convoy, she was torpedoed and sunk by U-607 on 15 May 1943 midway between North America and Ireland. The crew were rescued from their lifeboats by the Irish Plane about eight hours later.

At the time there were conflicting reports that she had not and allegations that she had warned a nearby convoy of the presence of a U-boat. The British nationality of her captain became an issue in the Irish general election of June 1943, there were diplomatic exchanges between the United States and the Irish Republic, and questions raised in the British House of Commons. The U-boat's captain received a mild reprimand. Read more...

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Enya (born Eithne Patricia Ní Bhraonáin on 17 May 1961, Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland), sometimes presented in the media as Enya Brennan, is an Irish singer and songwriter. She is Ireland's best-selling solo artist and her works have earned her four Grammy Awards and an Academy Award nomination. As a musical group, Enya represents a partnership between three people: Enya herself, who composes and performs the music; Nicky Ryan, who produces the albums, and Roma Ryan, who writes the lyrics in various languages. Enya is an approximate transcription of how Eithne is pronounced in her native Irish, in the Donegal dialect. Read more...

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Gaillimh
The Tribes of Galway, Eyre Square
The Tribes of Galway, Eyre Square
Nickname(s): 
City of the Tribes
Motto(s): 
Laudatio Ejus Manet In Secula Seculorum[1]  (Latin)
"His Praise Remains unto Ages of Ages"
CountryIreland
ProvinceConnacht
CountyGalway
Government
 • TypeCity Council
 • Lord MayorMichael Crowe[2]
 • LEAs3
 • Dáil ÉireannGalway West
 • European ParliamentNorth-West
Population
 (2006)
 • City72,414
 • Urban
72,729
 • Demonym
Galwegian
Time zoneUTC0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST)
Area code(s)091
Car platesG
Websitewww.galwaycity.ie
  1. ^ "William R. Wilde's Loch Coirib - Its Shores and Islands". Galway.net. Retrieved 2010-08-12.
  2. ^ "Mayor of Galway City". Galway City Council. Retrieved 6 September 2010.


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