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1    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 Ireland,   (Latin name)    Hibernia  
2    Republic of Ireland     (Also called)    Irish Republic, 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 Common Market (now the European Union) in 1973. Official languages: Irish (Gaelic) and English. Currency: euro and punt. Capital: Dublin. Pop.: 3647000 (1998 est.). Area: 70285 sq. km (27137 sq.miles),   (Gaelic name)    Eire     (See also)        Northern Ireland  
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      n   John (Nicholson). 1879--1962, English composer, esp. of songs  

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