County Louth (Irish: Contae LU ) [3] is a county [4] in Ireland. It is in the province of Leinster, and is part of the border area. It is named after the village of Louth. Louth County Council ärkommunen county. The population of the county is 122,897 according to the 2016 census. [5]


County Louth is colloquially called “the Wee County” as it is Ireland’s smallest county by area (826 km 2 (319 mi 2 ). [6] It is the 19th largest in terms of population. [7] It is the smallest of Leinster: s 12 counties by size and the sixth largest by population.

It is the second most densely populated county in Ireland behind Dublin, and the fourth on the island of Ireland.


See also: History of Dundalk and Drogheda history


County Louth is named after the village of Louth, which in turn is named after Lugh, god of the ancient Irish. Historically, the placename had different spellings; “Lugmad”, “Lughmhaigh” and “Lughmhadh” (see historical names list, for complete list). LU is the modern simplified spelling.

The county is rich in myth, legend and history, and is a setting in Tain Bó Cúailnge. Later saw the influence of the Vikings as seen in the name of Carlingford Lough. They also established a longphort on Annagassan in the ninth century. At this time Louth consisted of three kingdoms in each subject to separate over kingdoms: Conaille (Ulaidh); Fir Rois (Airgialla); and Fir Arda Ciannachta (Midhe). The whole area became part of the Kingdom O’Carroll Airgialla (Oriel) in the early 12th century.

A number of historical sites in the county, including religious sites at Monasterboice, Mellifont Abbey and St Mary Magdalene Dominican Friary.

The Normans occupied the Louth area in the 1180s, and it became known as the “English” Oriel, to distinguish it from the rest ( “Irish” Oriel) which remained in Irish hands. The latter blevMcMahon domination Oriel Monaghan.

In the early 14th century, the Scottish army of Edward Bruce fought back from Drogheda. Edward finally defeated loses his application to the High Kingship of Ireland, with his life, the impact at Faughart near Dundalk, of a mainly local force led by John de Bermingham.

In 1189 AD, was a royal charter granted Dundalk by a Norman nobleman named Bertram de Verdun built a mansion on Castle Mount. Later in 1412 AD, was a royal charter granted to Drogheda. This charter united the towns of Drogheda-in Meath and Drogheda-in- Uriel (Louth) that a county in its own right, designed as “County town of Drogheda.” [8] Drogheda continued as a County Borough until the establishment Landstings, through the adoption of local Government (Ireland) Act 1898, which saw all Drogheda, including a large area south omfloden Boyne, become part of an expanded County Louth. [8] [9] [10]

Until the late 16th century, Louth had been part of Ulster, before it is included as part of Leinster after a conference held at Faughart (1596) between the Chiefs of Ulster (O’Nial / O’Niel and O’Donel / McDonnel), on the Irish side, and the Archbishop of Cashel and the Earl of Ormonde in the English language.

16 and 17th centuries featured many skirmishes and battles involving Irish and English forces, as it was on the main road to the “Moiry Pass” and Ulster areas are often in rebellion and yet uncolonised. Oliver Cromwell Attacke Drogheda 1649 slaughter Royalist garrison and hundreds of the city’s citizens. Towards the end of the same century, the armies of the contending Kings, James and William, faced off in southern Louth during the reconstruction of the Battle of the Boyne battle was fought 3 km west of Drogheda. Drogheda held for James II during the Lord Iveagh, but surrendered to King William (III) in Orange day after the Battle of the Boyne. [ Citation needed ]

In 1798, leaders of the United Irishmen included Bartholomew Teeling, John Byrne and Patrick Byrne, from Castle; Anthony Marmion from Louth Town and Dundalk, Anthony McCann from Corderry; Nicholas and Thomas Markey from Barmeath, and Arthur McKeown, John Warren, and James McAllister from Cambricville. The betrayed by informer, particularly a Dr.Conlan, who came from Dundalk, and a provocateur named Sam Turner, from Newry. Several leaders hanged.

The priest and scientist Nicholas Callan (1799-1864) was from Darver.


[View] Historical population

County Louth is the 19th largest county in terms of population, [7] but it is the most densely populated county in Ireland outside Dublin with a population density of 148.7 people per square kilometer, almost twice as much as the national average. The majority of the county’s 122,897 population live in either Dundalk in North Louth, Drogheda or in South Louth.2011 Census [17] confirmed Drogheda [17] and Dundalk [17] that not only the largest cities in the county, but also the largest and the second largest cities and a total of 6, and 7 largest cities in Ireland.

Towns and settlements (2011 Census)

area Legal Town Limit Surroundings Inc. Inc. Rural
dundalk 31.149 [18] 37816 [19] 63429
drogheda 30393 [20] 38578 [21] 38578
Ardee 4554 4927 7418
black stone 3000 3000 3000
Clogherhead 1993 3026 3026
Dunleer 1786 2340 2340
Termonfeckin 1443 1443 1443
Tullyallen 1358 1358 1358
Dromiskin 1115 1115 1115
Carling 1045 1045 1045
Castlebellingham 1035 1035 1035
Louth 715 715 715
Tallanstown 673 673 673
Knockbridge 583 583 583
Omeath 503 503 503
Tinure 456 456 456
Jenkins 323 323 323
Beaulieu 221 221 221
Annagassan 180 180 180

Towns and Villages

  • Annagassan
  • Ardee
  • Ballymascanlan
  • Baltray
  • black stone
  • Carling
  • Castlebellingham
  • Clogherhead
  • Collon
  • drogheda
  • Dromiskin
  • dundalk
  • Dunleer
  • Greenore
  • Gyles ‘Quay
  • Jenkins
  • Knockbridge
  • Kilkerley
  • Kilsaran
  • Louth
  • Omeath
  • Paughanstown
  • Sandpit, County Louth
  • Stonetown
  • Tallanstown
  • Termonfeckin
  • Tinure
  • Tullyallen

Local governments and politics

Louth County Council

Main article: Louth County Council

The municipality is Louth County Council offices in Dundalk, which provides a number of services including; planning, road maintenance, fire brigade, municipal housing, water supply, waste management, recycling and disposal, education grants and funding for arts and culture higher. [22]

Since the implementation of the Municipal Reform Act 2014 June 1, 2014, County Louth has been divided into four local Electoral Areas (often abbreviated LEA) for election to Louth County Council and three municipal districts for local authorities

  • Ardee municipal
  • Drogheda District
  • Dundalk municipal
Advice area District [t 1] READ [t 2] Councillors [t 3]
Louth County Council (29) Ardee Y Y 6
drogheda And [t 4] Y 10
dundalk Y 13
dundalk Carling Y 6
dundalk South Y 7


  1. Jump up ^ Y indicate the area is a municipal district. (They are designated as “metropolitan districts” or “urban districts” are footnotes.)
  2. Jump up ^ Y indicates the zone is a local electoral area.
  3. Jump up ^ The number of councilors returned by the LEA and / or number of the district administration. All district delegates are ex officiomembers of the county / city council.
  4. Jump up ^ Borough district.

Louth Dáil constituency

Main article: Louth (Dáil Éireann constituency)

For elections to Dáil Éireann Louth is represented by five members Louth constituency that takes in the entire county Louth and two electoral divisions in County Meath. the Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009 merged the electoral divisions of St.Mary’s (part) and Julianstown, collectively known as the “East Meath” in County Meath County Louth to form a Dáil constituency.The report on Dáil and European Parliament constituencies in 2007 described “by extending south from the constituency and in the area of Drogheda and take in the electoral divisions that have extensive connections with the city. This allows the introduction of Drogheda town and hinterland areas in a single constituency. ” [23] This merger must the areas in Greater Drogheda Area County Meath [24] and their combined population of 20,375 is merged with and Drogheda County Louth. After the 2011 general election, the constituency chose two TDs for the Fine Gael Party (center right), and a TD each for Fianna Fáil (center to center-right), the Labour Party (center left) and Sinn Fein (left side).


The area was Omeath Irish-speaking until the early 20th century. A native dialect of Louth Irish were there until about 1930, but is now extinct, but the recordings were made. [25] Within the county 1,587 people use Irish daily outside the education system according to the census of 2011. [26]



  • Eamonn Campbell – Member of The Dubliners
  • Andrea Corr – Singer, The Corrs
  • Caroline Corr – Musiker, The Corrs
  • Jim Corr – Musiker, The Corrs
  • Sharon Corr – Musiker, The Corrs
  • Evanna Lynch – Actress, Harry Potter
  • Cathy Maguire – Singer / songwriter
  • John Moore – Film Director
  • Gerry O’Connor – Traditional Irish fiddle players


  • Major General Arthur Thomas Moore VC – soldier and recipient of the Victoria Cross
  • Admiral Francis Leopold McClintock KCB FRS – Royal Navy officer och Explorer


  • John McClintock (1770-1855) , MP för Athlone 1820, County Louth 1830-1831
  • Dermot Ahern – Politicians, Fianna Fáil TD for Louth
  • James Carroll – Politicians, Fianna Fáil, a member of Seanad Éireann from Louth
  • Mark Dearey – Politicians, Green Party Senator from Louth
  • Séamus Kirk – Politicians, Fianna Fáil TD for Louth
  • Brendan McGahon – Politician, Fine Gael TD for Louth
  • Michael McKevitt – Republican dissident leaders
  • Arthur Morgan – Politician, Sinn Féin TD for Louth


  • Thomas Byrne – Former race car driver
  • Nick Colgan – footballer, currently playing for Grimsby Town FC
  • Kenny Finn – Irish American football and Gaelic football
  • Beatrice Hill-Lowe – Archer
  • Gary Kelly – Soccer Player, Leeds United
  • Robert Kearney – Irish Rugby Player
  • Colin Larkin – football players, Hartlepool United
  • Tommy Smyth – Football commentator for ESPN
  • Steve Staunton – Footballer
  • Kevin Thornton – Footballer


  • George Drumgoole Coleman – Civil arkitekt
  • Peter Rice – building


  • Dundalk railway station
  • Dundalk IT.
  • Cuchulainn stone
  • Castle Roche
  • Slive Foy and King John Castle
  • Mellifont Abbey
  • Dromiskin Round Tower
  • drogheda
  • Drogheda järnvägsstationmed Enterprise
  • Clogherhead Harbour
  • Carling Harbour

See also

  • List of abbeys and priories in Ireland (County Louth)
  • Lord Lieutenant of Louth
  • High Sheriff of Louth
  • List of songs about Louth


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  2. Jump up ^ Statistics Census 2006 reports. Central Statistics Office Ireland (April 2007).
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