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The Skellig Islands

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Irish Flag Background: A failed 1916 Easter Monday Rebellion touched off several years of guerrilla warfare that in 1921 resulted in independence from the UK for the 26 southern counties; the six northern counties (Ulster) remained part of Great Britain. In 1948 Ireland withdrew from the British Commonwealth; it joined the European Community in 1973. Irish governments have sought the peaceful unification of Ireland and have cooperated with Britain against terrorist groups. A peace settlement for Northern Ireland, approved in 1998, has not yet been implemented.

Location: Western Europe, occupying five-sixths of the island of Ireland in the North Atlantic Ocean, west of Great Britain

Total: 70,280 sq km
Land: 68,890 sq km
Water: 1,390 sq km

Land Boundaries:
Total: 360 km

Border Countries:
UK 360 km

Coastline: 1,448 km

Elevation Extremes:
Lowest Point: Atlantic Ocean 0 m
Highest Point: Carrauntoohil 1,041 m

Population: 3,797,257 (July 2000 est.)

Ethnic Groups: Celtic, English

Languages: English is the language generally used, Irish (Gaelic) spoken mainly in areas located along the western seaboard

Information courtesy of the CIA World Factbook.

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