Open main menu
Fáilte go dtí Tairseach na hÉireann!
Fair faa ye tae tha Airlann Inlat!
Welcome to the Ireland Portal!

Sister portal:
NIShape.png
Northern Ireland
Satellite image of Ireland

Ireland (Irish: Éire, Ulster Scots: Airlann) is the third-largest island in Europe and the twentieth-largest island in the world. It lies to the north-west of continental Europe and is surrounded by hundreds of islands and islets. The Republic of Ireland covers five-sixths of the island. Northern Ireland, a part of the United Kingdom, covers the remainder and is located in the northeast of the island. The population of Ireland is estimated to be 6.2 million. Slightly less than 4.5 million are estimated to live in the Republic of Ireland and slightly less than 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.

Relatively low-lying mountains surrounding a central plain to epitomise the Ireland's geography with several navigable rivers extending inland. The island has a lush vegetation, a product of its mild but changeable oceanic climate, which avoids extremes in temperature. Thick woodlands covered the island until the 1600s. Today, it is the most deforested area in Europe. Twenty-six mammal species are native to Ireland, with some, such as the red fox, hedgehog and badger, being very common. Others, like the Irish hare, red deer and pine marten are less so.

Irish culture has had a significant influence on culture world-wide, particularly in the fields of literature and, to a lesser degree, science and learning. A strong indigenous culture, expressed for example through native sports and the Irish language, exists alongside a regional culture, such as Rugby football and golf. Read more ...

Selected article

A map of Insular Celtic people showing modern borders.

'Modern Celts are peoples who consider themselves, or have been considered by others, to be Celts in modern times i.e. post 1800. However, the term is generally used for a number of peoples in Europe sharing various cultural traits and speaking Indo-European languages with a common Proto-Celtic origin. Since the Enlightenment, the term Celtic has been applied to a wide variety of peoples and cultural traits present and past. Today, Celtic is often used in order to describe the people and their respective cultures and languages of several ethnic groups in Ireland, France, Wales, Scotland, Cornwall, parts of northern Spain and northern Portugal (the Celtic nations). Read more...

Selected biography

Enya (born Eithne Patricia Ní Bhraonáin on 17 May 1961, Gweedore, County Donegal, Ireland), sometimes presented in the media as Enya Brennan, is an Irish singer and songwriter. She is Ireland's best-selling solo artist and her works have earned her four Grammy Awards and an Academy Award nomination. As a musical group, Enya represents a partnership between three people: Enya herself, who composes and performs the music; Nicky Ryan, who produces the albums, and Roma Ryan, who writes the lyrics in various languages. Enya is an approximate transcription of how Eithne is pronounced in her native Irish, in the Donegal dialect. Read more...

Topics

 

Selected series: Irish cities


Gaillimh
The Tribes of Galway, Eyre Square
The Tribes of Galway, Eyre Square
Nickname(s): 
City of the Tribes
Motto(s): 
Laudatio Ejus Manet In Secula Seculorum[1]  (Latin)
"His Praise Remains unto Ages of Ages"
CountryIreland
ProvinceConnacht
CountyGalway
Government
 • TypeCity Council
 • Lord MayorMichael Crowe[2]
 • LEAs3
 • Dáil ÉireannGalway West
 • European ParliamentNorth-West
Population
 (2006)
 • City72,414
 • Urban
72,729
 • Demonym
Galwegian
Time zoneUTC0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST)
Area code(s)091
Car platesG
Websitewww.galwaycity.ie
  1. ^ "William R. Wilde's Loch Coirib - Its Shores and Islands". Galway.net. Retrieved 2010-08-12.
  2. ^ "Mayor of Galway City". Galway City Council. Retrieved 6 September 2010.


Categories

Category puzzle
Select [►] to view subcategories
Ireland
Republic of Ireland
Select [►] to view subcategories
Northern Ireland
Select [►] to view subcategories

Featured articles

1981 Irish hunger strike · Abbey Theatre · Achtung Baby · Aldfrith of Northumbria · Arnold Bax · Book of Kells · Richard John Bingham, 7th Earl of Lucan · Burke and Hare murders · Richard Cantillon · Charles I of England · Tom Crean · Andrew Cunningham · Drapier's Letters · Edward VII · Dave Gallaher · Geography of Ireland · Michael Gomez · Augusta, Lady Gregory · Head VI · House of Plantagenet · International goals scored by Robbie Keane · Irish phonology · Irish Victoria Cross recipients · James Joyce · James II of England · George Moore · Murder of Julia Martha Thomas · Cillian Murphy · Nelson's Pillar · James Nesbitt · No Line on the Horizon · Postage stamps of Ireland · Representative peer · Saint Fin Barre's Cathedral · Ernest Shackleton · George Bernard Shaw · Charles Villiers Stanford · John Millington Synge · The Revolution Will Not Be Televised · U2 · U2 3D · William Butler Yeats · Zoo TV Tour

Note: Links in bold have been featured on the main page.

Related portals

United Kingdom Northern Ireland Scotland Wales Cornwall England European Union Europe
United Kingdom Northern Ireland Scotland Wales Cornwall England European Union Europe

Contribute

Related Wikimedia projects

How to link here

Simply add {{Portal|Ireland}} to a page. If you need to use a flag, to avoid causing offense, please use the Four Provinces flag e.g. {{Portal|Ireland}}.

If you are new to Wikipedia then Céad Mile Fáilte! This portal is for articles on Wikipedia that relate to Ireland (both the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland). Like all of Wikipedia, it is written collaboratively and, like any article that you find using it, it too can be edited by anyone.

There is an active community of editors working on Ireland-related articles on Wikipedia and there are dedicated projects that tie this community together. To get in touch with them - or just to find out more - drop by at one of the parent Ireland-related projects:

If you want to get involved in contributing to Wikipedia, don't worry - everybody needs some help at the start. If you get into trouble you can always ask another Wikipedian for help. These guides should get you up-and-running on how Wikipedia works and how you can contribute:

  • Getting started: This introduction explains how Wikipedia works. When you're ready, you can try the tutorial.
  • Questions about Wikipedia: The Frequent Ask Questions page has answers to all kinds of questions asked about Wikipedia.

If you would like to involve yourself with the Irish on Wikipedia, the section below will connect you to communities of editors working on specific Ireland-related topics. It also contains an up-to-date to do list for Ireland-related articles so you can start helping out right now. Click [show] (below, right) to see it all:

  • How you can improve Ireland-related articles on Wikipedia...


  • edit·history·watch·refresh Stock post message.svg To-do list for Wikipedia:Irish Wikipedians' notice board:

    To start


    To find Non-Copyrighted images


    To expand (stubs)


    To improve (non-stubs)

    Associated Wikimedia

    The following Wikimedia Foundation sister projects provide more on this subject:

    Wikibooks
    Books

    Commons
    Media

    Wikinews 
    News

    Wikiquote 
    Quotations

    Wikisource 
    Texts

    Wikiversity
    Learning resources

    Wikivoyage 
    Travel guides

    Wiktionary 
    Definitions

    Wikidata 
    Database

    Portals

    Purge server cache