Word of the DayMonday, March 17, 2014
\AIR-uh, AHY-ruh, AIR-ee, AHY-ree\ , noun;
the Irish name of Ireland.
a former name (1937–49) of the Republic of Ireland.
What the entry did give was this: that the "Ireland" referred to in the dead man's letter to Miss Vane did in fact mean Eire and not Northern Ireland.
-- Michael Innes, The Journeying Boy, 1949
Save the trees of Ireland for the future men of Ireland on the fair hills of Eire, O.
-- James Joyce, Ulysses, 1918-1920
Eire comes from Irish Gaelic word that means "Ireland." This term comes from the name of the Gaelic goddess of land, Ériu.
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