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Encyclopedia > County Louth
County Louth
Contae Lughbaidh
Location
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Statistics
Province: Leinster
County Town: Dundalk
Code: LH
Area: 820 km²
Population (2006) 110,894
Website: www.louthcoco.ie

County Louth (Irish: Contae Lughbaidh) is a county on the east coast of Ireland, on the border with Northern Ireland. The original Irish name Lughbaidh comes from the place of worship of the celtic god Lugh whose festival was celebrated at Lughnasa (Irish month of the year "lughnasa" and day of the week "de luain" or monday in English are both derived from Lugh Image File history File links Louth County Crest Official crest as opposed to 3-bird design or GAA style, used by council and on county boundary/some town&estate signs, as well as displayed in Heraldic museum. ... map File links The following pages link to this file: County Louth Categories: GFDL images ... When under Gaelic rule, Ireland was divided into provinces to replace the earlier system of the túatha. ... Statistics Area: 19,774. ... A county town is the capital of a county in the United Kingdom or Republic of Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... A number plate for a car registered in 2001 in County Dublin Index marks on Number plates in the Republic of Ireland issued since 1987 have the format YY-CC-SSSSSS where the components are: YY — a 2-digit year (e. ... Area is a physical quantity expressing the size of a part of a surface. ... A county is generally a sub-unit of regional self-government within a sovereign jurisdiction. ... The Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST, internally called HT-7U) is a project being undertaken to construct an experimental superconducting tokamak magnetic fusion energy reactor in Hefei, the capital city of Anhui Province, in eastern China. ... Northern Ireland (Irish: ) is a part of the United Kingdom lying in the northeast of the island of Ireland, covering 5,459 square miles (14,139 km², about a sixth of the islands total area). ...


The county town is Dundalk, which is also the largest town in Louth.[1] The majority of the county's population live in either Dundalk or Drogheda. The 2006 Census[2] confirmed Dundalk and Drogheda as not only the largest towns in the county, but also the largest towns in Ireland. WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference O088754 Statistics Province: Leinster County: Elevation: 1 m Population (2006)  - Proper  - Environs    28,973[1]  6,117[1] Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference O088754 Statistics Province: Leinster County: Elevation: 1 m Population (2006)  - Proper  - Environs    28,973[1]  6,117[1] Website: www. ... A street in Ynysybwl, Wales, relatively stereotypical of a small town A town is usually an urban area which is not considered to rank as a city. ...


Drogheda has a population marginally larger than that of Dundalk. This however, includes areas and suburbs of Drogheda which lie in County Meath.[3]


County Louth is affectionately called "the Wee County" but it is not the smallest county in Ireland having a total area of only 820 square kilometres.

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History

This is a county steeped in myth, legend and history, going back to the pre-historical days of the Táin Bó Cúailnge (Cooley Cattle Raid, see Cúchulainn). Later it saw the influence of the Vikings as seen in the name of Carlingford Lough. Táin Bó Cúailnge (the driving-off of cows of Cooley, more usually rendered The Cattle Raid of Cooley or The Táin) is the central tale in the Ulster Cycle, one of the four great cycles that make up the surviving corpus of Irish mythology. ... Young Cúchulainn (as Sétanta), 1912 illustration by Stephen Reid. ... The name Viking is a loan from the native Scandinavian term for the Norse seafaring warriors who raided the coasts of Scandinavia, Europe and the British Isles from the late 8th century to the 11th century, the period of European history referred to as the Viking Age. ... Carlingford Lough (Loch Cairlinn in Irish) (Cairlinn being shortened form of Cathair Linn literally translated as City of the Pool) is a sea loch that forms part of the international border between Northern Ireland to the north and the Republic of Ireland to the south. ...


In the early fourteenth century the Scottish army of Edward Bruce (brother of Robert of Bannockburn fame) was defeated in the battle of Faughart near Dundalk, Edward losing not only his claim to the High Kingship Of Ireland, but also his life. The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries featured many skirmishes and battles involving Irish and English forces. Oliver Cromwell attacked Drogheda in 1649 slaughtering the Royalist garrison (Siege of Drogheda). // Edward Bruce (Edubard a Briuis as he was known in medieval Gaelic), (c. ... Oliver Cromwell (25 April 1599 – 3 September 1658) was an English military and political leader best known for his involvement in making England, Scotland and Ireland into a republican Commonwealth and for the brutal war exercised in his conquest of Ireland. ... // Events January 30 - King Charles I of England, Scotland and Ireland is beheaded. ... Drogheda, a town in eastern Ireland, was besieged twice in the 1640s, during the Irish Confederate Wars, the Irish theatre of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. ...


Towards the end of the same century the armies of the warring Kings, James and William, faced off in North Louth during the build-up to the Battle of the Boyne - the battle takes its name from the river Boyne which reaches the sea at Drogheda. Combatants Jacobite Forces -6000 French troops, 19,000 Irish Catholic troops Williamite Forces -English, Scottish, Dutch, Danish, Huguenot and Ulster Protestant troops Commanders James VII and II William III of England Strength 25,000 36,000 Casualties ~1,500 ~750 William III (William of Orange) King of England, Scotland and... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference O088754 Statistics Province: Leinster County: Elevation: 1 m Population (2006)  - Proper  - Environs    28,973[1]  6,117[1] Website: www. ...


Notable settlements in County Louth

Towns

WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: , Irish Grid Reference O088754 Statistics Province: Leinster County: Elevation: 1 m Population (2006)  - Proper  - Environs    28,973[1]  6,117[1] Website: www. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... Dunleer (Irish: Dún Léire) is a small town in County Louth, Ireland. ... Greenore Hotel and Port Greenore is a small town in County Louth, Ireland. ...

Villages

 

Ballymascanlon is a small village in County Louth in Ireland. ... Blackrock in Irish Na Creagacha Dubha, is a seaside village just to the south of Dundalk, County Louth, Ireland. ... Carlingford may refer to: Carlingford, County Louth, Republic of Ireland Carlingford, Ireland See also Carlingford Lough Carlingford, New South Wales ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Clogherhead is a fishing village in County Louth, on the east coast of Ireland 12 km. ... Collon is a small town/village about 10km from Ardee Collon is renowned for its great hurling and gaelic football team,Mattock Rangers. ... Dromiskin (Irish: Droim Ineasclainn which roughly means the hill at the spring of the water) is a village in County Louth, Ireland. ... Jenkinstown (Irish Baile Sheinicín), in County Louth, Ireland takes in the townlands of Rockmarshall, the Hollow and Dromiskin, stretching from Ravensdale in the West to Lordship/Cooley in the East, bounded by the mountains and Glenmore to the North and Bellurgan and Dundalk Bay to the south. ... Knockbridge (Irish: Cnoc Bríde) is a small village situated on the outskirts of Dundalk, County Louth in Ireland. ... Louth Village lies in the heart of County Louth, Ireland, roughly 8km south-west from the town of Dundalk. ... Mansfieldstown is a townland between Castlebellingham and Tallanstown in Louth, Ireland. ... Long Womans Grave, Omeath Omeath (Irish: Ó Méith) is a small village in County Louth close to the border with Northern Ireland. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County: Population (2002) 2,016  Termonfeckin (Irish: ) is a small picturesque village and parish in County Louth, Republic of Ireland. ... Tullyallen is a small village north of Drogheda in County Louth. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.http://www.cso.ie/census/documents/census2006_volume_1_pop_classified_by_area.pdf
  2. ^ http://www.http://www.cso.ie/census/documents/census2006_volume_1_pop_classified_by_area.pdf
  3. ^ http://www.http://www.cso.ie/census/documents/census2006_volume_1_pop_classified_by_area.pdf

[1] Central Statistics Office Census 2006 Reports. Central Statistics Office Ireland (April 2007).

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  Results from FactBites:
 
County Louth - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (359 words)
County Louth (Contae Lú in Irish) is a county on the east coast of Ireland.
The majority of the county's population live either in Dundalk or in the town of Drogheda.
County Louth is the smallest County in Ireland, it is the 'wee county'.
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