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During the last glacial period, and up until about 9000 years ago, most of Ireland was covered with ice, most of the time.Sea levels were lower and Ireland, like Great Britain, formed part of continental Europe.
It is separated from Great Britain to its east by the North Channel, the Irish Sea, and St George's Channel.A war of independence in the early 20th century was followed by the partition of the island, creating the Irish Free State, which became increasingly sovereign over the following decades, and Northern Ireland, which remained a part of the United Kingdom.Northern Ireland saw much civil unrest from the late 1960s until the 1990s.Ireland is the second-largest island of the British Isles, the third-largest in Europe, and the twentieth-largest on Earth.Politically, Ireland is divided between the Republic of Ireland (officially named Ireland), which covers five-sixths of the island, and Northern Ireland, which is part of the United Kingdom, in the northeast of the island.Thick woodlands covered the island until the Middle Ages.
As of 2013, the amount of land that is wooded in Ireland is about 11% of the total, compared with a European average of 35%.
In the 1690s, a system of Protestant English rule was designed to materially disadvantage the Catholic majority and Protestant dissenters, and was extended during the 18th century.
With the Acts of Union in 1801, Ireland became a part of the United Kingdom.
For the sovereign state of the same name, see Republic of Ireland.
For the part of the United Kingdom, see Northern Ireland.
Irish culture has had a significant influence on other cultures, especially in the fields of literature.