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The Four Provinces of Ireland
Ceithre Chúigí na hÉireann
Flag of the Four Provinces
1. Leinster, 2. Munster, 3. Connacht, 4. Ulster
Area: 84,412 km²
Population (2006): 5,962,110

The Provinces of Ireland were the main divisions of Ireland prior to 1922 when it was partitioned as a result of the majority of it becoming independent. Ireland was divided into four different provinces, or territorial divisions.

The four provinces are:

Province Population (2006) Area (km²) Number of Counties Chief city
Leinster Leinster 2,292,939 19,774 12 Dublin
Munster Munster 1,172,170 24,608 6 Cork
Connacht Connacht 503,083 17,713 5 Galway
Ulster Ulster 1,993,918‡ 24,481 9 Belfast
"Number of Counties" is traditional counties, not administrative ones.
Euler diagram of the countries and traditional provinces on the island of Ireland

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