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Birr

The currency of Ethiopia. It was introduced in 1945, replacing the East African shilling, though an earlier birr had been the currency prior to the East African campaign and the Italian occupation of Ethiopia. It is noted for its high rate of inflation, estimated at over 11% in 2005 and 41% in 2008. Interestingly, the official translation of the birr was "dollar" until 1976, when "birr" became the appropriate word in both Amharic and English.
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I'd be more than surprised if Birr weren't going into this match quietly confident they will win it but on the day they could be surprised.
They'd recovered from back-to-back All-Ireland final defeats to Birr and Sixmilebridge in 1995 and '96 to return to the semi-final stage but were badly beaten by Athenry two years ago before the deflating defeat to Birr 12 months ago.
You'd think Birr might stir up some bad memories for Dunloy but McLean insisted: "We're happy it's Birr.