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[ahyuh r-luh nd] /ˈaɪər lənd/

John, 1838–1918, U.S. Roman Catholic clergyman and social reformer, born in Ireland: archbishop of St. Paul, Minn., 1888–1918.
Also called Emerald Isle. Latin Hibernia. a large western island of the British Isles, comprising and the Republic of Ireland. 32,375 sq. mi. (83,850 sq. km).
Republic of. Formerly Irish Free State (1922–37)Also called Eire (1937–49)a republic occupying most of the island of Ireland. 27,137 sq. mi. (70,285 sq. km).
Capital: Dublin.
Irish Eire.
Heraldry. a coat of arms blazoned as follows: Azure, a harp or stringed argent.
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
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)
John (Nicholson). 1879–1962, English composer, esp of songs

12c., Anglo-Norman, with land + native Eriu (see Irish).

Island in the Atlantic Ocean separated from Great Britain by the Irish Sea. It is divided into Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland.

Note: It is called the “Emerald Isle” because of its lush green countryside.


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