Irun City Hall

Coat of arms
Motto: Vigilantiae Custos

Location of Irun within the Basque Autonomous Community

Coordinates: 43°20′16.13″N 1°47′19.72″W / 43.3378139°N 1.7888111°W / 43.3378139; -1.7888111Coordinates: 43°20′16.13″N 1°47′19.72″W / 43.3378139°N 1.7888111°W / 43.3378139; -1.7888111
Country Spain
Autonomous community Basque Country
Province Gipuzkoa
Comarca Bidasoaldea
Founded 28 February 1776
  Mayor José Antonio Santano Clavero (2007) (PSE-EE)
  Total 42.40 km2 (16.37 sq mi)
Elevation 20 m (70 ft)
Highest elevation 825 m (2,707 ft)
Lowest elevation 5 m (16 ft)
Population (2008)
  Total 61,419
  Density 1,400/km2 (3,800/sq mi)
Demonym(s) irundar, irunés/irunesa
Time zone CET (UTC+1)
  Summer (DST) CEST (UTC+2)
Postal code 20300-20305
Website Official website

Irun (old Basque for "fortified town"; Spanish: Irún) is a town of the Bidasoaldea region in the province of Gipuzkoa in the Basque Autonomous Community, Spain. Nowadays it is widely accepted by the historic researcher community that Irun is the ancient Basque Roman town of Oiasso on account of the vestiges (port, factory, etc.) disclosed lately in the historic nucleus of Irun, while the name itself may have applied to the whole surrounding area.

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.

People from Irun

Junkaleko Andre Maria church, Irun.
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