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Word of the Day
Monday, March 17, 2014

Definitions for Eire

  1. the Irish name of Ireland.
  2. a former name (1937–49) of the Republic of Ireland.

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Citations for Eire
What the entry did give was this: that the "Ireland" referred to in the dead man's letter to Miss Vane did in fact mean Eire and not Northern Ireland. Michael Innes, The Journeying Boy, 1949
Save the trees of Ireland for the future men of Ireland on the fair hills of Eire, O. James Joyce, Ulysses, 1918-1920
Origin of Eire
Eire comes from Irish Gaelic word that means "Ireland." This term comes from the name of the Gaelic goddess of land, Ériu.