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Cúige Mumhan
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Area: 24,607.52
Population (2006) 1,172,170

Munster (Irish: An Mhumhain, IPA: [ənˈvuːnʲ]) is the southernmost of the four provinces of Ireland. It comprises the counties of Clare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford.) The largest city in Munster is Cork. Image File history File links Flag_of_Munster. ... Image File history File links map File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words see here. ... During late Gaelic and early historic times Ireland was divided into provinces to replace the earlier system of the tuatha. ... County Clare (Contae an Chláir in Irish) is in the Irish province of Munster. ... Statistics Province: Munster County Town: Cork Code: C (CK proposed) Area: 7,457 km² Population (2006) 480,909 (including City of Cork); 361,766 (without Cork City) Website: www. ... Statistics Province: Munster County Town: Tralee Code: KY Area: 4,746 km² Population (2006) 139,616 Website: www. ... Statistics Province: Munster County Town: Limerick Code: LK Area: 2,686 km² Population (2006) 183,863 (including Limerick City); 131,303 (without Limerick City) Website: www. ... Statistics Province: Munster County Town: North: Nenagh South: Clonmel Code: North: TN South: TS Area: 4,303 km² Population (2006) 149,040[[1]] County Tipperary (Contae Thiobraid Árann in Irish) is a county in the Republic of Ireland, and situated in the province of Munster. ... County Waterford (Port Láirge in Irish) is a county in the province of Munster on the south coast of Ireland. ... This article is about the city in Ireland. ...

The name is derived from the Celtic goddess, Muma. The province was once divided into six regions: Tuadh Mhuman (north Munster), Deas Mhuman (south Munster), Urh Mumhan (east Munster), Iar mumhan (west Munster), Ernaibh Muman (the Ernai tribe's portion of Munster), and Deisi Muman (the Deisi tribe's portion of Munster). Ultimately, these were all subsumed into the kingdoms of Thomond (north), Desmond (south), and Ormond (east), all of which were eventually subsumed by surrender and regrant as Earldoms in the Peerage of Ireland. The names exist only indirectly today, particularly in the case of Thomond. The three crowns represent these three kingdoms. This flag can easily be confused with the flag of Dublin which has three castles in a similar pattern on a blue background; it also resembles the lesser coat-of-arms of Sweden. Thomond (Irish: Tuadh Mumhan, meaning North Munster) sometimes called County Thomond was an ancient Kingdom of Ireland which included much of what is now County Clare and at its greatest extents included parts of the counties of Kerry, Limerick, Offaly and Tipperary. ... County Desmond was an historic county of Ireland on the south-western coast of Ireland. ... The Peerage of Ireland the term used for those peers created by British monarchs in their capacity as Lord or King of Ireland. ... Thomond (Irish: Tuadh Mumhan, meaning North Munster) sometimes called County Thomond was an ancient Kingdom of Ireland which included much of what is now County Clare and at its greatest extents included parts of the counties of Kerry, Limerick, Offaly and Tipperary. ... A crown is a symbolic form of headgear worn by a monarch or by a god, for whom the crown is traditionally one of the symbols of power and legitimacy (See Regalia for a broader treatment). ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Pierrefonds Castle, France Castle has a history of scholarly debate surrounding its exact meaning. ... Shield Field Supporter Crest Wreath Mantling Helm Compartment Charge Motto Coat of arms elements A coat of arms or armorial bearings (often just arms for short), in European tradition, is a design belonging to a particular person (or group of people) and used by him or her in a wide...

In 1841 before the Great Famine, there was just under 3 million people living in the province of Munster, but the population had dropped devastatingly low due to mass emigration in the 1840's and continued emigration up until the 1980's.

For 30 days during the Irish Civil War, the province of Munster broke away from the Irish Free State and established the Munster Republic in opposition to the acceptance of the Anglo-Irish Treaty. The Munster Republic was short lived and subsequently crushed by heavily-armed Irish Free State forces. The Irish Civil War (June 28, 1922 – May 24, 1923) was a conflict between supporters and or2=Liam Lynch† Frank Aiken |commander1=Michael Collins† Richard Mulcahy |strength2= c. ... The IRA West Cork Flying Column (Anti-Treaty) during the War of Independence. ... Territory of the Irish Free State Capital Dublin Language(s) Irish, English Government Constitutional monarchy Monarch  - 1922–1936 George V  - 1936–1936 George VI President of the Executive Council  - 1922–1932 W.T. Cosgrave  - 1932–1937 Eamon de Valera Legislature Oireachtas  - Upper house Seanad Éireann  - Lower house Dáil Éireann...

Munster is also an Irish Rugby Football Union representative side which competes in the Celtic League and for the Heineken Cup, winning in 2006. The Irish Rugby Football Union Munster Branch (also known as Munster Rugby) is one of four branches of the IRFU, and is responsible for rugby union in the Irish province of Munster. ... The Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) is the body managing rugby union in Ireland. ... The Celtic League is an annual rugby union competition involving regional sides from Ireland, Scotland and Wales, seen by many as the third major league in Europe, after the English Guinness Premiership and the French TOP 14. ... The Heineken Cup sponsored by Heineken (known as the H Cup in France due to alcohol advertising laws) is an annual rugby union competition involving leading club, regional and provincial teams from the Six Nations: England, France, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, and Italy. ...



Cork is the largest city conurbation, which has a population of 186,239 (2002) and 380,000 within the Greater Cork Area.(See Cork Co. Council population report below) This article is about the city in Ireland. ...

Other important cities are Limerick 86,998 (2002) which also has over 100,000 people in the greater Limerick area and Waterford 46,736 (2002). WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ...

Large Towns

(* towns in Metropolitan Cork area) WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... The Cathedral of St. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... Clonmel (Cluain Meala in Irish) is a medium-sized town situated in south County Tipperary, Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 51. ... Cathedral of St. ... Mallow is the common name of several closely related genera of plant in the family Malvaceae: Althaea – Marsh mallow Callirhoe – Poppy mallow Kosteletzkya – Seashore mallow Lavatera – Tree mallow or rose mallow Malacothamnus – Santa Cruz Island bush-mallow Malva – Mallow Malvaviscus – Turks cap mallow Sidalcea – Greek mallow Sphaeralcea – Globemallow Plants... Midleton is a town in south-eastern County Cork, in the Republic of Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 52. ... Tramore (Trá Mhór in Irish, meaning big beach) is a seaside town in County Waterford on the southeast coast of Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 51. ... Newcastle West (An Caisleán Nua Thiar in Irish) is a town in County Limerick, Ireland. ... Metropolitan Cork refers to the city of Cork, its suburbs and the satellite towns that feed into it. ...

  • (All figures - 2002 Census)


The province of Munster contributes in excess of 35 billion euro(US$44.5bn) to Irish GDP.(2002) (greater than the GDP of Northern Ireland) (See "GDP stats" below)

The following are some of the more important employers in the region: AOL, Bausch & Lomb, Dell, Amazon, Intel, Motorola, Amgen, Pfizer, Analog Devices, Vistakon, Waterford Crystal, Apple Computer, Intel, Novartis, O2, Lufthansa Technik, Kerry Group, Siemens, Sony. The largest employment hub in Munster is Metropolitan Cork, with many large multinational firms located in the area. The second most important is the Shannon Free Zone with over 120 international firms based there employing over 7,500 people. Metropolitan Cork refers to the city of Cork, its suburbs and the satellite towns that feed into it. ... Shannon Free Zone is a 2. ...

The province is continuing to play an ever greater role in the bio-pharmaceutical industry and fighting off stiff competition from Switzerland and Singapore for inward investments in the bio-pharmaceutical area such as Amgen and Pfizer. Munster is becoming increasingly important as one of Ireland's most important I.T. hubs outside of Dublin with such multinationals as Apple Computer, Intel, Amazon and Dell locating their operations in the province. Information Technology (IT) or Information and Communication(s) Technology (ICT) is a broad subject concerned with technology and other aspects of managing and processing information, especially in large organizations. ...

International Airports

Shannon Airport (IATA Airport Code; SNN, ICAO Airport Code; EINN) is Irelands main transatlantic airport. ... Cork Airport (IATA: ORK, ICAO: EICK) or Aerfort Chorcaí in Irish, is one of Irelands principal airports, situated on the south side of Cork City in an area known as Ballygarvan. ... Kerry Airport (IATA Airport Code: KIR), often called Farranfore Airport, is an airport in County Kerry, Republic of Ireland. ...

Irish Language

The Irish language is allegedly spoken as a first language in Gaeltachtaí (Irish speaking areas); Irish (), a Goidelic language spoken in Ireland, is constitutionally recognised as the first official language of the Republic of Ireland, is an official language of the European Union, and has official recognition in Northern Ireland as well. ... Gaeltacht, plural Gaeltachtaí, is an Irish word for an Irish-speaking region. ...

  • in West Kerry (Corca Dhuibhne)
  • in South Kerry (Uíbh Ráthach). Here, the language died out in the 1950's.
  • in West Cork (Múscraí)
  • in south-west Cork (Oileán Cléire)
  • in south-west Waterford (Gaeltacht na Rinne or Gaeltacht na nDeise)

Within the past thirty years, there has been a big increase in the amount of Gaelscoileanna (Irish language schools) outside of the Gaeltachtaí. Children learn Irish, and leave Irish, in the Gaelscoileanna. Despite being in vogue for over 30 years, these schools have failed to halt the decline of Gaelic. A gaelscoil (Plural: gaelscoileanna) is an Irish-speaking school often also co-educational usually found in Ireland, but outside the Irish speaking Gaeltacht areas. ... Gaeltacht, plural Gaeltachtaí, is an Irish word for an Irish-speaking region. ...

Munster Media


  • RTÉ Cork - Cork based television broadcasting studios for RTÉ
  • South Coast TV - Cork based television company

Newspapers: Radio Telefís Éireann (RTÉ; Irish for Radio and Television of Ireland) is the national publicly-funded broadcaster of Ireland. ... This article is about the city in Ireland. ... This article is about the city in Ireland. ...

  • The Irish Examiner - Cork based National Newspaper
  • The Avondhu - covers North East Cork, West Waterford, South Limerick and South Tipperary.
  • The Munster Express - covers the South East.
  • Nationalist & Munster Advertiser
  • Clare:
    • Clare Champion
    • Clare People
  • Cork:
    • The Imokilly People (East Cork)
    • The Carrigdhoun
    • The Mallow Star
    • The Southern Star
    • The Vale Star
    • The Avondhu[1]
    • Evening Echo
  • Kerry:
    • The Kerryman
    • The Kingdom
    • The Kerryseye
  • Tipperary:
    • The Nenagh Guardian
    • The Tipperary Star
  • Waterford:
    • The Waterford News and Star
    • The Munster Express

Radio: The Irish Examiner (Formerly: Cork Examiner, The Examiner) is an Irish national daily newspaper which primarily circulates in the Munster region surrounding its base in Cork, though it is available throughout the country. ... This article is about the city in Ireland. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... The Limerick Leader is a weekly local newspaper in Limerick, Ireland. ... The Limerick Post is a weekly newspaper distributed freely through out Limerick City, Ireland. ...

  • Red FM - Cork Youth-driven service.
  • Clare FM - County Clare
  • Tipp FM - County Tipprary
  • Radio Kerry - County Kerry
  • WLR FM - Waterford City and County
  • 96FM and 103FM County Sound (dual franchise) - General service for Cork
  • Live 95FM - Limerick City and County
  • West Limerick 102 - Limerick city and County
  • Beat 102-103 - Youth-driven service. Counties Carlow, Kilkenny, Waterford, Wexford and South Tipperary.
  • RTÉ Ráidió na Gaeltachta "Camchuairt" - Tralee, County Kerry

Red FM is a FM radio channel in Bombay, India. ... Radio Kerry is a full service, licensed radio station that operates from the franchise area of County Kerry in Southwest Ireland. ... 96FM is a Cork-based Radio station owned by UTV Radio. ... This article is about the city in Ireland. ... Live 95FM is a local radio station in the Republic of Ireland owned by UTV Radio, broadcasting to Limerick city and county. ...

Munster Stadia

The grounds of where Semple Stadium is built were put up for sale in 1910 at the wish of Canon M. K. Ryan. ... The Gaelic Grounds or Páirc na nGael is the principal GAA stadium in Limerick City, Ireland, home to the Limerick football team. ... FitzGerald Stadium is the principal GAA stadium in Killarney, Ireland, home to the Kerry football team. ... Páirc Uí Chaoimh is a stadium in Ireland opened in June 6, 1976. ... Cusack Park is a GAA stadium in Ennis, County Clare, Ireland. ... Walsh Park is a GAA stadium in Waterford, Ireland. ... Fraher Field is a GAA stadium, located in Dungarvan Co. ... Musgrave Park is a stadium in Cork, Ireland. ... Thomond Park is a stadium in Limerick, Ireland. ... Turners Cross is a football ground located in and synonymous with the district of Turners Cross, Cork, Ireland. ... Waterford Regional Sports Centre The Waterford Regional Sports Centre is part of Waterford Corporations Municipal sporting facilities. ...

External links

  • Cork County Council population report
  • Census 2006 Preliminary Report
  • GDP stats 2002
  • Munster Stadia
  • Munster cycling clubs (Lakeland Cycle Club)

See also

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