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Northern Ireland saw much civil unrest from the late 1960s until the 1990s.
This subsided following a political agreement in 1998.
During the last glacial period, and up until about 10,000 BC, most of Ireland was periodically covered in ice.
Sea levels were lower and Ireland, like Great Britain, formed part of continental Europe.
However, summers are cooler than those in Continental Europe. The earliest evidence of human presence in Ireland is dated at 10,500 BC. The island was Christianised from the 5th century onward.
Following the Norman invasion in the 12th century, England claimed sovereignty over Ireland.
Just under 4.8 million live in the Republic of Ireland and just over 1.8 million live in Northern Ireland.
In 2011, the population of Ireland was about 6.6 million, ranking it the second-most populous island in Europe after Great Britain.
Alongside mainstream Western culture, a strong indigenous culture exists, as expressed through Gaelic games, Irish music, and the Irish language.
The culture of the island also shares many features with that of Great Britain, including the English language, and sports such as association football, rugby, horse racing, and golf.
For other uses, see Ireland (disambiguation).) is an island in the North Atlantic.
It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George's Channel. It is the second largest island in the British Isles, after Great Britain.