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Erin divided

I weep to think of what happened to the land of Erin
Over the tragic years of several centuries:
Invasions, oppression, suppression of the language,
Imposition of religious intolerance and bigotry,
The destruction of an ancient culture by uncaring
Alien English and Scottish Protestant invaders,
Sectarian violence the terrible consequence.
When O when will dear Ireland be
A nation once again, united?

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My daughter’s name is Erin, however we didn’t know we were naming her after a country!

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I quote from Wikipedia, that font of all knowledge:

"Erin is a Hiberno-English derivative of the Irish word "Éirinn", the dative case of the Irish word for Ireland, "Éire". The dative case is used in prepositional phrases such as "go hÉirinn" "to Ireland", "in Éirinn" "in Ireland", "ó Éirinn" "from Ireland". The dative has replaced the nominative in a few regional Irish dialects (particularly Galway-Connemara and Waterford).

Poets and nineteenth-century Irish nationalists used Erin in English as a romantic name for Ireland. Often, "Erin's Isle" was used. In this context, along with Hibernia, Erin is the name given to the female personification of Ireland, but the name was rarely used as a given name, probably because no saints, queens, or literary figures were ever called Erin."

To sum up, Erin as a name personifies a feminine Ireland.

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