Sailing off Ireland

A coastal fishing boat under sail off the coast of Eire, as the sovereign state of southern Ireland is properly known. In 1937 the Gaelic word ‘Eire’ was adopted by the government of Ireland, although the name had been in use on postage stamps as far back as 1922. The English name ‘Ireland’ is sometimes used to designate the land mass of the island to the west of Great Britain which, after decades of dispute, is still divided between the Republic of Ireland (Eire) and Northern Ireland, which is part of the UK.
   
 
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