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Ireland (pronounced /ˈaɪərlənd/, locally [ˈaɾlənd], Irish: Éire, pronounced [ˈeːɾʲə]), described as the Republic of Ireland (Irish: Poblacht na hÉireann), is a country in north-western Europe. The modern sovereign state occupies about five-sixths of the island of Ireland, which was partitioned into two jurisdictions in 1921. It is a parliamentary democracy and a republic. It is bordered to the north-east by Northern Ireland, which is a part of the United Kingdom, and is otherwise surrounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Irish Sea to the east, St George's Channel to the south-east, and the Celtic Sea to the south.

The state, initially named the Irish Free State, was established in 1922 as a dominion within the British Commonwealth, and gained increasing sovereignty through the Statute of Westminster and the abdication crisis of 1936. A new constitution was introduced in 1937 that declared it an entirely sovereign state and named it simply as "Ireland". The last formal link with the United Kingdom was severed in 1949 when Ireland declared itself a republic, and formally ceased to be a dominion. Consequently it left the then British Commonwealth, having already ceased to attend Commonwealth meetings since 1937.

During British rule and initial independence, Ireland was one of the poorest countries in Western Europe and had high emigration, but in contrast to many other states in the period, stayed financially solvent and remained a democracy. The protectionist economy was opened in the late 1950s and Ireland joined the European Economic Community (European Union) in 1973. An economic crisis led Ireland to start large-scale economic reforms in the late 1980s. Ireland reduced taxation and regulation dramatically compared to other EU countries. The Irish economy grew rapidly during the course of the 1990s, which saw the beginning of unprecedented economic growth in the in a phenomenon known as the "Celtic Tiger".The financial crisis of 2007–2010 impacted the Irish economy heavily. Ireland entered recession in 2008. In 2009, the unemployment rate in Ireland reached 12.5%.

The state is ranked as the 31st economic power in the world, and in 2006 Ireland had the sixth highest nominal gross domestic product per capita (the ninth highest per capita considering purchasing power parity). Ireland has the fifth highest Human Development Index rank in the world, and has one of the highest qualities of life in the world, ranking first in the Economist Intelligence Unit’s quality-of-life index. Ireland was ranked sixth on the Global Peace Index, has high rankings for its education system, political freedom and civil rights, press freedom (ranked first in 2009) and economic freedom (ranked fourth in 2009). It is also ranked fifth from bottom on the Failed States Index, being one of the most sustainable states in the world. Ireland is a member of the EU, OECD, and United Nations.

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Cliffs of Moher

The Cliffs of Moher (Irish: Aillte an Mhothair, lit. cliffs of the

Killarney National Park

Killarney National Park (Irish: Páirc Náisiúnta Chill Airne) is lo

Sandymount Strand

Sandymount Strand (Irish: Dumhach Thrá) is a large strand on the east

Charles Fort (Ireland)

Charles Fort (Irish: Dún Chathail) is a star fort located on the

New Midleton Distillery

The Midleton distilleries complex is situated in Midleton, County

Dublin Zoo

Dublin Zoo (Irish: Zú Bhaile Átha Cliath), in Phoenix Park, Dublin, I

Wicklow Mountains

The Wicklow Mountains (Irish: Sléibhte Chill Mhantáin (older Irish n

Malahide Castle

Malahide Castle, parts of which date to the 12th century, lies, with

Dollymount Beach

Dollymount Beach is a tourist attraction located in Dollymount,

Rock of Cashel

The Rock of Cashel (Gaeilge. Carraig Phadraig), also known as Cashel

Killiney Hill

Killiney Hill (Irish: Cnoc Chill Iníon Léinín) is the southernmost of

Jewish Museum, Berlin

The Jewish Museum Berlin (Jüdisches Museum Berlin), in Berlin,

Inch Beach

Inch Beach is a tourist attraction located in Caheracruttera, Ireland


The monastery of Clonmacnoise (Cluain Mhic Nóis in Irish, meaning

Blackrock Castle

Blackrock Castle is a 16th century castle located about 2km from the

Ross Castle

Ross Castle (Gaeilge. Caisleán an Rois) is the ancestral home of the

St Stephen's Green

St Stephen's Green (Шаблон:Irish place name) is a city centre publi

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