Ireland is an island of Europe off the west coast of the European mainland. To the west of Ireland is the Atlantic Ocean; to the east of Ireland, across the Irish Sea, is the island of Great Britain.
The island of Ireland, called "√Čire" ("Ae-ra") in the Irish language, is about long and about wide. Six million people live in Ireland.
The River Shannon, which runs from north to south, is the longest river. Ireland has many lakes (or Loughs). Lough Neagh, in Northern Ireland, is the largest lake in Ireland, or the British Isles. Ireland is known for its beautiful landscapes, history, and mythology.
The capital of the Republic of Ireland is called Dublin. It is in the east of the country and built on the river Liffey. More than one million people live in Dublin.

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