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Ireland

Ire·land

 (īr′lənd)
1. An island in the northern Atlantic Ocean west of Great Britain, divided between the independent Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland, which is a part of the United Kingdom. The island was invaded by Celts c. 500 bc and converted to Christianity by Saint Patrick in the fifth century ad. Ireland came under English control in the 17th century and was joined with Great Britain by the Act of Union in 1801. After the Easter Rebellion (1916) and a war of independence (1919-1921), the island was split into the Irish Free State (now the Republic of Ireland) and Northern Ireland, which is still part of the United Kingdom.
2. also Eir·e (âr′ə, ī′rə, âr′ē, ī′rē) A country occupying most of the island of Ireland. Organized as the semiautonomous Irish Free State by treaty with Great Britain in 1922, it officially became the sovereign state of Eire in 1937. Full independence came in 1949 when the Republic of Ireland was proclaimed, and the country withdrew from the Commonwealth. Dublin is the capital and the largest city.

Ireland

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1. (Placename) an island off NW Europe: part of the British Isles, separated from Britain by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George's Channel; contains large areas of peat bog, with mountains that rise over 900 m (3000 ft) in the southwest and several large lakes. It was conquered by England in the 16th and early 17th centuries and ruled as a dependency until 1801, when it was united with Great Britain until its division in 1921 into the Irish Free State and Northern Ireland. Latin name: Hibernia
2. (Placename) Republic of Ireland Irish Republic Southern Ireland a republic in NW Europe occupying most of Ireland: established as the Irish Free State (a British dominion) in 1921 and declared a republic in 1949; joined the European Community (now the European Union) in 1973. Official languages: Irish (Gaelic) and English. Currency: euro. Capital: Dublin. Pop: 4 775 982 (2013 est). Area: 70 285 sq km (27 137 sq miles)
Gaelic name: Eire

Ireland

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Ire•land

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n.
1. Latin, Hibernia. an island of the British Isles, W of Great Britain, comprising Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland. 32,375 sq. mi. (83,850 sq. km).
2. Republic of. Formerly, Irish Free State (1922–37), Eire (1937–49). a republic occupying most of the island of Ireland. 3,632,944; 27,137 sq. mi. (70,285 sq. km).Cap.: Dublin. Irish, Eire.
Ire′land•er, n.
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Noun1.Ireland - a republic consisting of 26 of 32 counties comprising the island of IrelandIreland - a republic consisting of 26 of 32 counties comprising the island of Ireland; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1921
CIRA, Continuity Army Council, Continuity Irish Republican Army - a terrorist organization formed in Ireland in 1994 as a clandestine armed wing of Sinn Fein
Catholic Reaction Force, INLA, Irish National Liberation Army, People's Liberation Army, People's Republican Army - a radical terrorist group dedicated to the removal of British forces from Northern Ireland and the unification of Ireland
IRA, Irish Republican Army, Provisional IRA, Provisional Irish Republican Army, Provos - a militant organization of Irish nationalists who used terrorism and guerilla warfare in an effort to drive British forces from Northern Ireland and achieve a united independent Ireland
Dissident Irish Republican Army, Real IRA, Real Irish Republican Army, RIRA - a radical terrorist group that broke away in 1997 when the mainstream Provisional IRA proposed a cease-fire; has continued terrorist activities in opposition to any peace agreement
British Commonwealth, Commonwealth of Nations - an association of nations consisting of the United Kingdom and several former British colonies that are now sovereign states but still pay allegiance to the British Crown
Common Market, EC, EEC, European Community, European Economic Community, European Union, EU, Europe - an international organization of European countries formed after World War II to reduce trade barriers and increase cooperation among its members; "he tried to take Britain into the Europen Union"
Emerald Isle, Hibernia, Ireland - an island comprising the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
capital of Ireland, Dublin, Irish capital - capital and largest city and major port of the Irish Republic
Cork - a port city in southern Ireland
Galway - a port city in western Ireland on Galway Bay
Limerick - port city in southwestern Ireland
Tara - a village in eastern Ireland (northwest of Dublin); seat of Irish kings until 6th century
Waterford - a port city in southern Ireland; famous for glass industry
Europe - the 2nd smallest continent (actually a vast peninsula of Eurasia); the British use `Europe' to refer to all of the continent except the British Isles
2.Ireland - an island comprising the republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
battle of Boyne, Boyne - a battle in the War of the Grand Alliance in Ireland in 1690; William III defeated the deposed James II and so ended the Catholicism that had been reintroduced in England by the Stuarts
Drogheda - in 1649 the place was captured by Oliver Cromwell, who massacred the Catholic inhabitants
water spaniel - any dog of two large curly-coated breeds used for hunting waterfowl
shillalah, shillelagh - a cudgel made of hardwood (usually oak or blackthorn)
patronym, patronymic - a family name derived from name of your father or a paternal ancestor (especially with an affix (such as -son in English or O'- in Irish) added to the name of your father or a paternal ancestor)
Irish Gaelic, Irish - the Celtic language of Ireland
keen - a funeral lament sung with loud wailing
ceilidh - an informal social gathering at which there is Scottish or Irish folk music and singing and folk dancing and story telling
barmbrack - a rich currant cake or bun
Aran Islands - three small islands belonging to Ireland at the entrance to Galway Bay
British Isles - Great Britain and Ireland and adjacent islands in the north Atlantic
Northern Ireland - a division of the United Kingdom located on the northern part of the island of Ireland
Eire, Ireland, Irish Republic, Republic of Ireland - a republic consisting of 26 of 32 counties comprising the island of Ireland; achieved independence from the United Kingdom in 1921
ben - a mountain or tall hill; "they were climbing the ben"
Ana - mother of the ancient Irish gods; sometimes identified with Danu
Aengus, Angus, Angus Og, Oengus - Celtic god of love and beauty; patron deity of young men and women
Boann - Celtic goddess; mother of Angus Og
Brigit - Celtic goddess of fire and fertility and agriculture and household arts and wisdom; later associated with Saint Bridget
Dagda - chief Celtic god of the Tuatha De Danann; father of Angus Og and Brigit
Dana, Danu - Celtic goddess who was the mother of the Tuatha De Danann; identified with the Welsh Don
Fomor, Fomorian - one of a group of Celtic sea demons sometimes associated with the hostile power of nature
Gwydion - Celtic sky god; a magician; giver of arts and civilization
Ler, Lir - the sea personified; father of Manannan; corresponds to Welsh Llyr
Lug, Lugh - ancient Celtic god
Manannan - Celtic god of the sea; son of Ler
Morrigan, Morrigu - Celtic war goddess
Tuatha De, Tuatha De Danann - race of Celtic gods or demigods; ruled Ireland in the Golden Age
banshee, banshie - (Irish folklore) a female spirit who wails to warn of impending death
Irelander, Irish person - a native or inhabitant of Ireland
Irishman - a man who is a native or inhabitant of Ireland
Irishwoman - a woman who is a native or inhabitant of Ireland
macushla - (an Irish term of address expressing affection) darling
O'Toole, Peter O'Toole, Peter Seamus O'Toole - British actor (born in Ireland in 1932)

Ireland

noun Hibernia (Latin) I've never visited Ireland, but I'd love to go there.
Translations
Irsko
Irland
Irlando
Iirimaa
Irlanti
Irska
Írország
Irlandia
Írland
アイルランド
아일랜드
Hibernia
Irlanda
Irska
Irland
ประเทศไอร์แลนด์
nước Ireland

Ireland

[ˈaɪələnd] NIrlanda f
Northern IrelandIrlanda f del Norte
Republic of IrelandRepública f de Irlanda

Ireland

[ˈaɪərlənd] nIrlande f
in Ireland → en Irlande
to Ireland → en Irlande
I'm from Ireland → Je suis irlandais Republic of Ireland

Ireland

nIrland nt; Northern IrelandNordirland nt; Republic of IrelandRepublik fIrland

Ireland

[ˈaɪələnd] nl'Irlanda
Northern Ireland → l'Irlanda del Nord
Republic of Ireland → la Repubblica d'Irlanda, l'Eire f

Ireland

إيرْلَنْدَا Irsko Irland Irland Ιρλανδία Irlanda Irlanti Irlande Irska Irlanda アイルランド 아일랜드 Ierland Irland Irlandia Irlanda Ирландия Irland ประเทศไอร์แลนด์ İrlanda nước Ireland 爱尔兰
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What to that redoubted harpooneer, John Bull, is poor Ireland, but a Fast-Fish?
He could have divided Poland as easily as an orange, or trod on Ireland as quietly and systematically as any man living.
When King Aswisance of Ireland saw Sir Gareth fare so he marvelled what he might be, that one time seemed green, and another time, at his again coming, he seemed blue.
To illustrate the effect of slavery on the white man,--to show that he has no powers of endurance, in such a condition, superior to those of his black brother,--DANIEL O'CONNELL, the distinguished advocate of universal emancipation, and the mighti- est champion of prostrate but not conquered Ireland, relates the following anecdote in a speech delivered by him in the Conciliation Hall, Dublin, before the Loyal National Repeal Association, March 31, 1845.
The case is, you see, that the Campbells are going to Ireland.
Dionysius O'Gall of Bitternutt Lodge, Connaught, Ireland.
Having, in the first instance, left England for Ireland, Mr.
But, instead of receiving their salutations with courtesy, John and his petulant attendants could not resist the temptation of pulling the long beards of the Irish chieftains; a conduct which, as might have been expected, was highly resented by these insulted dignitaries, and produced fatal consequences to the English domination in Ireland.
Consider what we have done to get our rents in Ireland and Scotland, and our dividends in Egypt, if you have already forgotten my photographs and their lesson in our atrocities at home.
We, whose names are underwritten, the Loyal Subjects of our dread Sovereigne Lord, King James, by the Grace of God, of Great Britaine, France, and Ireland, King, Defender of the Faith, &c.
Let England have its navigation and fleet -- let Scotland have its navigation and fleet -- let Wales have its navigation and fleet -- let Ireland have its navigation and fleet -- let those four of the constituent parts of the British empire be be under four independent governments, and it is easy to perceive how soon they would each dwindle into comparative insignificance.
Elections in Ireland, till of late, were regulated entirely by the discretion of the crown, and were seldom repeated, except on the accession of a new prince, or some other contingent event.