What Does Eire Mean?


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The word "Eire" is the Irish name for what is known in English as the island of Ireland. It was originally the name of a goddess called Eriu in the Old Irish. The goddess was a mythical figure who is mentioned as having helped the Gaels with their goal of conquering the land of Ireland. It is so described as such in the historical Book of Invasions. The word "Erin" is found used in English is an Anglicized take of the same word "Eire" to refer to Ireland. It is also used in the English language as a name for girls.

The word "Eire" is also found in the Irish Constitution. It states in Article 4 that Eire is the state's name. It is also seen on the coins issued in Ireland, passports, postage and other official documents.

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