[ahyuh r-luh nd]
- 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 Northern Ireland 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.
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- a poetic name for Ireland
- 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 IrelandLatin name: Hibernia
- Republic of Ireland, Irish Republic or 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
See also Northern Ireland
- John (Nicholson). 1879–1962, English composer, esp of songs
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Word Origin and History for emerald-isle
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It is called the “Emerald Isle” because of its lush green countryside.
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