County Carlow

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County Carlow
Irish: Contae Cheatharlach
Republic of Ireland
County Carlow
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Province: Leinster
Area: 346 square miles
Population: 54,612
County seat: Carlow

The County of Carlow is a landlocked county in the southern part of Leinster in the Republic of Ireland. The population is 54,612 according to the 2011 census.

Windmill Hill, Enniscorthy, Blackstairs Mountains on the horizon.

Geographic subdivisions

Carlow, or "Catherlough" originally part of the Norman County palatine of Leinster, became a separate county probably around 1306.[1] At that time it was larger than today, extending to and including the coastal area around Arklow, though control of this area became disputed with the Irish chieftains of the area. These areas were given over to County Wicklow in 1606-07


There are seven historic baronies in the county: Carlow, Forth, Idrone East, Idrone West, Rathvilly, St Mullin's Lower and St Mullin's Upper.

Towns and villages


  • Pierce Butler - soldier, planter, and statesman, recognized as one of United States' Founding Fathers.
  • Myles Keogh - American Civil War military officer and later Captain of Company I, U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment - Fought in Indian Wars and was killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. He was born in Orchard, Leighlinbridge in 1840.
  • William Dargan - engineer, often seen as the father of Irish railways.
  • Richie Kavanagh - comic songwriter, from Raheenwood, Fenagh, Co. Carlow.
  • John Tyndall - the 19th century scientist who was the first to explain why the sky is blue.
  • Derek Ryan - Country music singer & former member of Pop band D-side
  • Saoirse Ronan - Oscar and Golden Globe nominated actress.
  • Samuel Haughton - polymath, in 1866 published a formula for calculating the drop needed to cause instantaneous death at hangings.
  • Sean O'Brien Lenister and Ireland international rugby player.


  1. Desmond Roche, Local Government in Ireland, Dublin, 1982

Outside links

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about County Carlow)
Counties of the Republic of Ireland

Carlow • Cavan • Clare • Cork • Donegal • Dublin • Galway • Kerry • Kildare • Kilkenny • Laois • Leitrim • Limerick • Longford • Louth • Mayo • Meath • Monaghan • Offaly • Roscommon • Sligo • Tipperary • Waterford • Westmeath • Wexford • Wicklow