Pronunciation Proper noun
  1. (chiefly dated) The Republic of Ireland
  2. The island of Ireland, consisting of the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland
    • 1887, U. J. Bourke, Pre-Christian Ireland, Browne & Nolan, page 1 ↗:
      […] ; above all, from their language, which, to this day, has left its impress on the lands through which they journeyed from Aria to Ara, from Iberia to Eire.
    • 1996, John Wilson, Understanding Journalism; A Guide To Issues, Routledge. ISBN 9780415115995., page 269:
      Eire - now an oddity rarely used, an out-of-date reference.
    • 2004, Douglas Clark, Belfast: A Novel of the Troubles, Virtualbookworm.com Publishing, ISBN 978-1-58939-629-6, page 211 ↗:
      “No. My father and Uncle Terry agreed on most things, including a united Irish Republic that included all of Eire. […] ”
    • 2005, Kieran Wasserman, The Battle for Eire, iUniverse, ISBN 978-0-595-36860-0, page 310 ↗:
      “No, I do not,” she replied. “Eire was not meant to be won by force, as the Romans intend. […] In attacking them, you avenge your kin and maintain the peaceful island of Eire. […] ”

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