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County Carlow
Contae Cheatharlach

Coat of arms
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
Dáil Éireann Carlow-Kilkenny
EU Parliament East constituency
County seat Carlow
 • Type County Council
 • Total 896 km2 (346 sq mi)
Area rank 31st
Population (2011)[1] 54,612
 • Rank 30th
Car plates CW

Windmill Hill, Enniscorthy, Blackstairs Mountains on the horizon.

County Carlow (Irish: Contae Cheatharlach) is a county in Ireland. It is part of the South-East Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the town of Carlow, which lies on the River Barrow. Carlow County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county is 54,612 according to the 2011 census.

Geography and political subdivisions[]

Carlow, or "Catherlough" originally part of the Norman Palantine-county of Leinster, became a separate county probably around 1306.[8] 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[]

  • Ballinkillin
  • Ballon
  • Ballymurphy
  • Borris
  • Carlow
  • Clonmore
  • Clonegal
  • Fennagh
  • Hacketstown
  • Kildavin
  • Muine Bheag
  • Myshall
  • Nurney
  • Old Leighlin
  • Rathvilly
  • Royal Oak
  • St Mullin's
  • Tinryland
  • Tullow

Local government and politics[]

Local government in County Carlow is governed by the Local Government Acts, the most recent of which (Local Government Act 2001) established a two-tier structure of local government. The top tier of the structure consists of Carlow County Council. The second tier of local government consists of town councils. Outside the borough, the county council is solely responsible for local services.[9] Two towns in the county have town councils: Carlow and Muine Bheag. There are 21 councillors in the county council who are returned from five local electoral areas: Borris (3), Carlow East (4), Carlow West (5), Muine Bheag (4) and Tullow (4).[10][11]

As the county is part of the South-East Region, some county councillors are also representatives on the South-East Regional Authority.

For elections to Dáil Éireann, Carlow is part of the Carlow–Kilkenny constituency which returns 5 TDs. The present form of the constituency was created for the 1948 general election.


F.C. Carlow in the A Championship


  • Lisa Burke - weather forecaster on Sky News.
  • Pierce Butler - soldier, planter, and statesman, recognized as one of United States' Founding Fathers. He represented South Carolina in the Continental Congress and the United States Senate.
  • 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.
  • Saoirse Ronan - Oscar and Golden Globe nominated actress.
  • Kathryn Thomas - RTÉ presenter.
  • Samuel Haughton - polymath, in 1866 published a formula for calculating the drop needed to cause instantaneous death at hangings.
  • Peter Murphy - radio and television broadcaster, presented RTÉ's Cross Country Quiz, was born in Carlow

See also[]


  1. ^ "County Carlow". Central Statistics Office. 2011. 
  2. ^ For 1653 and 1659 figures from Civil Survey Census of those years, Paper of Mr Hardinge to Royal Irish Academy March 14, 1865.
  3. ^ Census for post 1821 figures.
  4. ^
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  6. ^ Lee, JJ (1981). "On the accuracy of the Pre-famine Irish censuses". In Goldstrom, J. M.; Clarkson, L. A.. Irish Population, Economy, and Society: Essays in Honour of the Late K. H. Connell. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press. 
  7. ^ Mokyr, Joel (November). "New Developments in Irish Population History, 1700-1850". The Economic History Review 37 (4): 473–488. DOI:10.1111/j.1468-0289.1984.tb00344.x. 
  8. ^ Desmond Roche, Local Government in Ireland, Dublin, 1982
  9. ^ "All Services". Carlow County Council. Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  10. ^ "2009 Local elections – Carlow County Council". Retrieved 27 March 2011. 
  11. ^ Act of the Oireachtas: County of Carlow Local Electoral Areas Order 2008

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Coordinates: 52°40′N 6°50′W / 52.667, -6.833

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