Dundalk

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Dundalk
Irish: Dún Dealgan
Town
Clanbrassil Street, the main thoroughfare of Dundalk

Coat of arms
Motto: Mé do rug Cú Chulainn cróga  (Irish)
"I gave birth to brave Cú Chulainn"
Dundalk is located in Ireland
Dundalk
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 54°00′32″N 6°24′18″W / 54.009°N 6.4049°W / 54.009; -6.4049Coordinates: 54°00′32″N 6°24′18″W / 54.009°N 6.4049°W / 54.009; -6.4049
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Louth
Dáil Éireann Louth-East Meath
EU Parliament East
Area[1]
 • Town 24.68 km2 (9.53 sq mi)
Population (Census 2011)
 • Rank 6th
 • Urban 31,073
 • Rural 25,581
 • CSA 56,654
Irish Grid Reference J048074
Dialing code 042, +353 42

Dundalk (Irish: Dún Dealgan) is a town in County Louth, Republic of Ireland, near the border with Northern Ireland. It takes its name from Dún Dealgan, "Dalga's fort" and officially became a town in 1189. It is located at a ford on the Castletown River. The town's crest reads "Mé do rug Cú Chulainn Cróga" (I gave birth to brave Cú Chulainn) Dundalk is twinned with the town of Rezé in France.[2]

Dundalk is the largest town in Ireland with a population of 29,037 inhabitants.[1] In 2003, Dundalk was amongst nine cities and towns to be given "Gateway status" in the Irish Government's "National Spatial Strategy". "Gateway towns" will be the first to get funding for improving their towns.[3].

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