What was the first country to recognize Ireland as a country?

I've spent a little time looking this up and got a bunch of hits. Unfortunately, every website I went to had a different answer from the last. The dates for recognition were all over history's timeline, too. I'd appreciate if an actual historian and/or sociologist could help with this. A... show more I've spent a little time looking this up and got a bunch of hits. Unfortunately, every website I went to had a different answer from the last. The dates for recognition were all over history's timeline, too. I'd appreciate if an actual historian and/or sociologist could help with this. A geneologist's input would be helpful, as well. Thanks!
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