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Country  Spain
Population  61,102 (2012)
Founded  28 February 1776

Province  Gipuzkoa
Area  42.40 km2
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Mayor  Jose Antonio Santano Clavero (2007) (PSE-EE)

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Irun (Spanish: Irún, Basque: Irun) is a town of the Bidasoaldea region in the province of Gipuzkoa in the Basque Autonomous Community, Spain. It lies on the foundations of the ancient Oiasso, cited as a Roman-Vasconic town during the period.

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One of the biggest towns in Gipuzkoa, its border town situation (it is located on the border between Spain and France, across the Bidasoa river from Hendaye), has made Irun into a commercial and logistic centre, with important railway infrastructure, where the SNCF 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in) standard gauge rails meet the 1,668 mm (5 ft 5 2132 in) broad gauge Renfe ones. Currently Irun features a fair ground provided with modern exhibition and telecommunication facilities just at some 100 metres away from the actual borderline at the Santiago Bridge (river Bidasoa).

Irun is part of the conurbation of Txingudi bay with Hondarribia and Hendaye, the town being also involved in the Eurocité Basque Bayonne-San Sebastián (fr).

One of its main festivals is the Alarde de San Marcial, a parade recreating an episode of the Peninsular War, held on every 30 June yearly. Its main sports club is the Real Unión where its football team plays in Spain's Segunda División B.

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People from Irun

  • Manuel Anatol (8 May 1903 – 17 May 1990) was a naturalized French professional football player.
  • Tirso de Olazábal y Lardizábal (1842-1921), Carlist politician
  • Juan Olazábal Ramery (1860-1937), Carlist politician
  • Luis Mariano, singer.
  • Amaia Montero, singer.
  • Fermin Muguruza, singer.
  • Alberto Górriz, footballer.
  • Alberto López Fernández, footballer.
  • Iñaki Descarga, footballer.
  • Javier Garrido, footballer.
  • Javier Irureta, footballer.
  • Javier Yubero, footballer.
  • Luis Regueiro, footballer.
  • Patricio Arabolaza, footballer.
  • Oier Olazábal, footballer.
  • Sergio Francisco, footballer.
  • Juan Manuel Gárate, cyclist.
  • Basilio Sánchez Beguiristáin, mayor of the Chilean commune of Pichilemu.
  • Kortatu, punkrock band
  • Menchu Gal, painter
  • Jon Sistiaga, reporter
  • References

    Irun Wikipedia


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