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Celtic tribes arrived on the island between 600-150 B.C. Invasions by Norsemen that began in the late 8th century were finally ended when King Brian BORU defeated the Danes in 1014. English invasions began in the 12th century and set off more than seven centuries of Anglo-Irish struggle marked by fierce rebellions and harsh repressions. A failed 1916 Easter Monday Rebellion touched off several years of guerrilla warfare that in 1921 resulted in independence from the UK for 26 southern counties; six northern (Ulster) counties remained part of the United Kingdom. In 1948 Ireland withdrew from the British Commonwealth; it joined the European Community in 1973. Irish governments have sought the peaceful unification of Ireland and have cooperated with Britain against terrorist groups. A peace settlement for Northern Ireland, known as the Good Friday Agreement and approved in 1998, is being implemented with some difficulties.

Country name:

conventional long form: none
conventional short form: Ireland
local long form: none
local short form: Eire

Administrative divisions:

26 counties; Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford, Wicklow
note: Cavan, Donegal, and Monaghan are part of Ulster Province.  Source: CIA fact book



Read about Ireland

This site will help you to find government organizations or information by providing links, indices of recent publications and a search engine that searches all government sites. There is also general information about Ireland including some photographs of well known locations.   Link: Go to Ireland 

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Welcome to Tourism Ireland

With a warm welcome and good craic guaranteed, a stay in Ireland lets you discover an island of contrasts.  From the bright lights of Dublin, Cork, Galway and Limerick in the Republic of Ireland and Belfast and Londonderry in Northern Ireland, to the breathtaking countryside in between - Ireland can deliver a host of activities along the way!  So go on, catch a flight or ferry to Ireland and experience the magic for yourself.  Travel Ireland