History UsefulNotes / Ireland

25th Nov '16 12:12:02 PM Bat178
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'''Ireland''' ('''Irish:''' ''Éire''; '''Ulster-Scots:''' ''Airlann or Airlan''), is a medium sized, [[GrayRainOfDepression rain-swept]] island on the western fringe of Europe, which looks a bit like a teddy bear or koala (imagine it in the profile, looking away from Britain). It is also the name of the country that covers four fifths of that island, the rest being covered by Northern Ireland (part of the UK). For Hollywood clichés about Ireland, see {{Oireland}}. For more about Northern Ireland, see UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland and UsefulNotes/TheTroubles.

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'''Ireland''' ('''Irish:''' ''Éire''; '''Ulster-Scots:''' ''Airlann or Airlan''), is a medium sized, [[GrayRainOfDepression rain-swept]] island on the western northwestern fringe of Europe, which looks a bit like a teddy bear or koala (imagine it in the profile, looking away from Britain). It is also the name of the country that covers four fifths of that island, the rest being covered by Northern Ireland (part of the UK). For Hollywood clichés about Ireland, see {{Oireland}}. For more about Northern Ireland, see UsefulNotes/NorthernIreland and UsefulNotes/TheTroubles.
17th Oct '16 11:30:44 AM PaddyMurphy
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Since then, Ireland has had a history of '''emigration''', resulting in the massive [[TheIrishDiaspora Irish diaspora]] across the globe -- an estimated eighty million people are eligible for Irish passports by the grandparent rule. Most of them are concentrated in English-speaking countries, but just about everywhere has an Irish community. The emigration situation ironically reversed in the 1990s, when net migration was inward thanks to the Celtic Tiger. With the ten new countries in the EU in 2004, immigration increased further and coupled with high fertility rates, it makes Ireland's population one of the fastest growing in Europe. We should note that on account of the massive emigration in the 19th century, Ireland's current population is a lot lower than it should be--in the 18th and early 19th centuries, Dublin was the second-largest city of the British Empire and one of the ten largest cities in Europe. The emigration had a lasting effect, keeping Ireland's base population low and its agricultural emphasis strong as it entered the 20th century. Had Ireland been properly fed in the 19th century, it might well have been ''far'' more populous than it is (to give you an idea, if the island of Ireland were as densely populated as the island of Great Britain, it would have a population of about 25.5 million, rather than the population of about 6.7 million it actually has, making it the sixth-most-populous island in the world rather than the 19th).

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Since then, Ireland has had a history of '''emigration''', resulting in the massive [[TheIrishDiaspora Irish diaspora]] across the globe -- an estimated eighty million people are eligible for Irish passports by the grandparent rule.rule[[note]]If one of your grandparents was born on the island of Ireland(including [[NorthernIreland the North]]), you are eligible for Irish citizenship[[/note]]. Most of them are concentrated in English-speaking countries, but just about everywhere has an Irish community. The emigration situation ironically reversed in the 1990s, when net migration was inward thanks to the Celtic Tiger. With the ten new countries in the EU in 2004, immigration increased further and coupled with high fertility rates, it makes Ireland's population one of the fastest growing in Europe. We should note that on account of the massive emigration in the 19th century, Ireland's current population is a lot lower than it should be--in the 18th and early 19th centuries, Dublin was the second-largest city of the British Empire and one of the ten largest cities in Europe. The emigration had a lasting effect, keeping Ireland's base population low and its agricultural emphasis strong as it entered the 20th century. Had Ireland been properly fed in the 19th century, it might well have been ''far'' more populous than it is (to give you an idea, if the island of Ireland were as densely populated as the island of Great Britain, it would have a population of about 25.5 million, rather than the population of about 6.7 million it actually has, making it the sixth-most-populous island in the world rather than the 19th).
8th Oct '16 1:33:40 PM SatoshiMiwa
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* Actors [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Colm Meaney]], Creator/PierceBrosnan, [[Film/HarryPotter Richard Harris]], Gabriel Byrne, Creator/CillianMurphy, [[Series/TheTudors Jonathan Rhys Meyers]], Creator/LiamNeeson, Stuart Townsend, Colin Farrell, Creator/DanielDayLewis, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds, [[{{Series/Merlin}} Colin Morgan]], [[Creator/RobertSheehan Robert Sheehan]] and [[Series/FatherTed Ardal O'Hanlon]].

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* Actors [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Colm Meaney]], Creator/PierceBrosnan, Creator/AidanGillen, [[Film/HarryPotter Richard Harris]], Gabriel Byrne, Creator/CillianMurphy, [[Series/TheTudors Jonathan Rhys Meyers]], Creator/LiamNeeson, Stuart Townsend, Colin Farrell, Creator/DanielDayLewis, Brendan Gleeson, Ciarán Hinds, [[{{Series/Merlin}} Colin Morgan]], [[Creator/RobertSheehan Robert Sheehan]] and [[Series/FatherTed Ardal O'Hanlon]].
26th Aug '16 8:26:13 AM Morgenthaler
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* Bands/singers including Music/{{U2}}, ThinLizzy, Music/MyBloodyValentine, The Boomtown Rats, Music/TheCranberries, Van Morrison, and Sinead O'Connor, Boyzone, The Script, Music/{{Westlife}} [[AndZoidberg and Jedward]].

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* Bands/singers including Music/{{U2}}, ThinLizzy, Music/ThinLizzy, Music/MyBloodyValentine, The Boomtown Rats, Music/TheCranberries, Van Morrison, and Sinead O'Connor, Boyzone, The Script, Music/{{Westlife}} [[AndZoidberg and Jedward]].
26th Aug '16 2:26:15 AM KYCubbie
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* Golfers Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry, Fred Daly, and Harry Bradshaw.

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* Golfers Rory McIlroy, Padraig [=McIlroy=] (though he's actually from the North), Pádraig Harrington, Shane Lowry, Fred Daly, and Harry Bradshaw.Bradshaw.
* No small number of rugby players, the most famous of whom in recent times is Brian O'Driscoll.
21st Aug '16 5:48:29 AM everyfloatingcat
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* Film director and writer [[Creator/LennyAbrahamson]].

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* Film director and writer [[Creator/LennyAbrahamson]].Creator/LennyAbrahamson.
21st Aug '16 5:48:06 AM everyfloatingcat
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* Film director and writer [[Creator/LennyAbrahamson]].
2nd Aug '16 7:37:03 PM bombadil211
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* Bands/singers including Music/{{U2}}, ThinLizzy, Music/MyBloodyValentine, The Boomtown Rats, Music/TheCranberries, Van Morrison, and Sinead O'Connor, Boyzone, The Script, Westlife [[AndZoidberg and Jedward]].

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* Bands/singers including Music/{{U2}}, ThinLizzy, Music/MyBloodyValentine, The Boomtown Rats, Music/TheCranberries, Van Morrison, and Sinead O'Connor, Boyzone, The Script, Westlife Music/{{Westlife}} [[AndZoidberg and Jedward]].
29th Jul '16 8:36:19 PM kquinn0830
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* Golfers Rory McIlroy, Padraig Harrington, Shane Lowry, Fred Daly, and Harry Bradshaw.
3rd Jul '16 11:20:06 PM rossyxan
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Speaking of recessions, Ireland was very heavily hit by the '''recession'''. The backlash brought down the long-running Fianna Fáil/Green coalition government, and installed a Fine Gael/Labour coalition with its biggest election win ever. After much talk about how everything would be different now, [[MeetTheNewBoss they proceeded to do everything the same way as before.]] Every year budget cuts have been made to children (especially those with special needs), the elderly, and the increasing number below the poverty line... Fortunately, as of 2014, Irish bonds are no longer considered "junk", which should ''in theory'' make things a bit easier.

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Speaking of recessions, Ireland was very heavily hit by the '''recession'''. The backlash brought down the long-running Fianna Fáil/Green coalition government, and installed a Fine Gael/Labour coalition with its biggest election win ever. After much talk about how everything would be different now, [[MeetTheNewBoss they proceeded to do everything the same way as before.]] Every year budget cuts have been made to children (especially those with special needs), the elderly, and the increasing number below the poverty line... Fortunately, as of 2014, 2016, Irish bonds are no longer considered "junk", which should ''in theory'' make things a bit easier.
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