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Ireland itself was known by a number of different names, including Banba, Fódla, Ériu by the islanders, Iouerne and Hiverne to the Greeks, and Hibernia to the Romans.

Scotland takes its name from Scota, who in Irish mythology, Scottish mythology, and pseudohistory, is the name given to two different mythological daughters of two different Egyptian Pharaohs to whom the Gaels traced their ancestry, allegedly explaining the name Scoti, applied by the Romans to Irish raiders, and later to the Irish invaders of Argyll and Caledonia which became known as Scotland.

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Art · Calendar · Cinema · Clans Cuisine · Dance · Dress Education (ROI) · Education (NI) · Flags Languages · Literature · Mythology Music · Politics (ROI) · Politics (NI) Religion (ROI) · Religion (NI) · Sport · Television or Na hÉireannaigh) are a nation and ethnic group native to the island of Ireland, who share a common Irish ancestry, identity and culture.

Ireland has been inhabited for about 12,500 years according to archaeological studies (see Prehistoric Ireland).

Other Latin names for people from Ireland in Classic and Mediaeval sources include Attacotti and Gael.

This last word, derived from the Welsh gwyddel "raiders", was eventually adopted by the Irish for themselves.

During the past 12,500 years of inhabitation, Ireland has witnessed some different peoples arrive on its shores.

The ancient peoples of Ireland—such as the creators of the Céide Fields and Newgrange—are almost unknown.

Historically, the Irish nation was made up of kin groups or clans, and the Irish also had their own religion, law code and style of dress.

There have been many notable Irish people throughout history.

The scientist Robert Boyle is considered the "father of chemistry", and Robert Mallet one of the "fathers of seismology". Many presidents of the United States have had some Irish ancestry.

The population of Ireland is about 6.3 million, but it is estimated that 50 to 80 million people around the world have Irish forebears, making the Irish diaspora one of the biggest of any nation.

For most of Ireland's recorded history, the Irish have been primarily a Gaelic people (see Gaelic Ireland).

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