County Louth

Coordinates: 53°50′N 6°30′W / 53.833°N 6.500°W / 53.833; -6.500
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County Louth
Irish: Contae Lú
Coat of arms of County Louth
Lugh sáimh-ioldánach  (Irish)
"Lugh equally skilled in many arts"
Location of County Louth
Coordinates: 53°50′N 6°30′W / 53.833°N 6.500°W / 53.833; -6.500
Dáil ÉireannLouth
EU ParliamentEast
County seatDundalk
 • TypeCounty Council
 • Total826 km2 (319 sq mi)
 • Rank32nd
 • Rank18th [1]
Car platesLH
Notice of Council bye laws at Port Oriel, Clogher Head

County Louth (Irish: Contae Lú)[2][3] is a county on the east coast of Ireland, on the border with Northern Ireland.

The county town is Dundalk, which is also the largest town in Louth. Most people that live in Louth live in the two biggest towns, Dundalk and Drogheda. The 2006 Census[1] showed that Dundalk and Drogheda as not only the largest towns in the Louth, but also the second and third largest towns in Ireland.

Louth is nicknamed "the Wee County" because it is the smallest county[4] in Ireland ("wee" means small).[5]

Where the name comes from[change | change source]

The old Irish name of the county Lughbhaidh comes from the place where people worshipped the Celtic god Lugh whose festival was celebrated at Lúnasa.

The name is now spelled as An Lú. This is just the modern way of spelling Lughbhaidh. 'Lú' means 'small' in Irish, but this is not where the name comes from.

History[change | change source]

The history of Louth goes back a long time. Before people wrote down histories and dates, a famous Irish story is supposed to have happened in Louth. It is called the Táin Bó Cúailge. In this story, a famous warrior called Cúchulainn fights a whole army by himself to protect a brown bull from being stolen.

There are some old monasteries in the county including Monasterboice and Mellifont Abbey

In the fourteenth century the Scottish army of Edward Bruce lost the Battle of Faughart near Dundalk. Edward was killed in the battle. Oliver Cromwell attacked Drogheda in 1649 killing the Royalist garrison (Siege of Drogheda).

Places in County Louth[change | change source]

Towns[change | change source]

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 Central Statistics Office Census 2006 Reports. Central Statistics Office Ireland (April 2007).
  2. Louth - Britannica Online Encyclopedia
  3. "Location Result". Archived from the original on 2007-12-18. Retrieved 2008-09-30.
  4. "North West Passage : : Brochures : Ireland Travel Tourism Tour Irlande Irlanda Irland Donegal Dublin Dungannon Armagh Omagh Strabane Louth Meath Monaghan". Archived from the original on 2018-03-21. Retrieved 2008-09-30.
  5. Louth Ireland / Ireland Louth / County louth ireland / Hotel Louth, Restaurant Louth, Hotels Ireland, Travel Guide County Louth Ireland, Louth Attractions

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