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County Dublin
Contae Bhaile Átha Cliath

Coat of arms
Motto: Beart do réir ár mbriathar  (Irish)
"Action to match our speech"
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County town Dublin
 • Teachta Dála 19 Labour Party TDs
17 Fine Gael TDs
4 Sinn Féin TDs
3 Independent TDs
 • Total 921 km2 (356 sq mi)
Area rank 30th
Population (2011) 1,270,603
 • Rank 1st
Car plates D

County Dublin (Irish: Contae Bhaile Átha Cliath or Contae Átha Cliath) is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Dublin Region and is in the province of Leinster. It is named after the city of Dublin, which is the capital of Ireland. County Dublin was one of the first parts of Ireland to be shired by King John of England following the Norman invasion of Ireland. The area of the county no longer has a single local authority; local government is now split between three authorities. The population of the county at large, which includes Dublin city, was 1,270,603 according to the census of 2011.[1]


View of Dublin Bay from Killiney

It is no longer used for local government purposes in Ireland. In 1994, the administrative county (which did not include the county borough of Dublin) was dissolved and the area divided among the administrative counties of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown, Fingal and South Dublin each with its county seat. To these areas may be added the area of Dublin city which collectively comprise the Dublin Region[2] (Réigiúin Átha Cliath) and come under the remit of the Dublin Regional Authority.

The area lost its administrative county status in 1994, with Section 9 Part 1(a) of the Local Government (Dublin) Act, 1993 stating that "the county shall cease to exist."[3][4] At that time, and in response to a European Council report highlighting Ireland as the most centralised country in the European Union, it was decided that a single County Dublin was unmanageable and undemocratic from a local government perspective. In discussing the legislation to dissolve Dublin County Council, Avril Doyle TD said, "The Bill before us today effectively abolishes County Dublin, and as one born and bred in these parts of Ireland I find it rather strange that we in this House are abolishing County Dublin. I am not sure whether Dubliners realise that that is what we are about today, but in effect that is the case."[5]

Despite the legal status of the Dublin Region, the term "County Dublin" is still in common usage. Many organisations and sporting teams continue to organise on a "County Dublin" or "Dublin Region" basis. The area formerly known as "County Dublin" is now defined in legislation solely as the "Dublin Region" under the Local Government Act, 1991 (Regional Authorities) (Establishment) Order, 1993,[2] and this is the terminology officially used by the four Dublin administrative councils in press releases concerning the former county area. The term Greater Dublin Area, which might consist of some or all of the Dublin Region along with counties of Kildare, Meath and Wicklow, has no legal standing.

The latest Ordnance Survey Ireland "Discovery Series" (Third Edition 2005) 1:50,000 map of the Dublin Region, Sheet 50, shows the boundaries of the city and three surrounding counties of the region. Extremities of the Dublin Region, in the north and south of the region, appear in other sheets of the series, 43 and 56 respectively.

Irish language[]

There are 10,469 Irish speakers in County Dublin attending the 31 Gaelscoils (Irish language primary schools) and eight Gaelcholáiste (Irish language secondary schools).[6] There may be up to another 10,000 Irish speakers from the Gaeltacht living and working in Dublin also.

Local government and politics[]

Dublin Region

There are four local authorities whose remit collectively encompasses the geographic area of the county and city of Dublin.

Name Area Population
1 Dublin City 114.99 km2 (44.40 sq mi) 525,383
2 Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown 127.31 km2 (49.15 sq mi) 206,995
3 Fingal 454.60 km2 (175.52 sq mi) 273,051
4 South Dublin 222.74 km2 (86.00 sq mi) 265,174

Prior to the enactment of the Local Government (Dublin) Act 1993, the county was a unified whole even though it was administered by two local authorities - Dublin County Council and Dublin Corporation. Since the enactment of the Local Government Act 2001 in particular, the geographic area of the county has been divided between three entities at the level of "county" and a further entity at the level of "city". They rank equally as first level local administrative units of the NUTS 3 Dublin Region for Eurostat purposes. There are 34 LAU 1 entities in the Republic of Ireland. Each local authority is responsible for certain local services such as sanitation, planning and development, libraries, the collection of motor taxation, local roads and social housing.

The county is part of the Dublin constituency for the purposes of European elections. For elections to Dáil Éireann, the area of the county is today divided into twelve constituencies: Dublin Central, Dublin Mid–West, Dublin North, Dublin North–Central, Dublin North–East, Dublin North–West, Dublin South, Dublin South–Central, Dublin South–East, Dublin South–West, Dublin West and Dún Laoghaire. Together they return 47 deputies (TDs) to the Dáil.


Three Rock Mountain, Dublin, Ireland looking towards Bray Head

  • The local radio stations include 98FM, FM104, 103.2 Dublin City FM, Dublin's Q102, Spin 1038, Dublin's Country Mix 106.8, Phantom 105.2 and Radio Nova.
  • The local newspapers include Dublin Penny Journal, The Echo, The Northside People, The Southside People, Liffey Champion and The Metro Herald.

Most of the area can receive the five main UK television channels on analogue television as well as the main Irish channels, along with Sky TV and UPC cable television.


  • Road: The major roads are the N2, N3, N4 and N7 national primary roads, and the M1, M11 and M50 motorways.
  • Heavy rail: The InterCity and Commuter rail services (Iarnród Éireann).
  • Light rail: The Luas tram system serving Dublin City and its southern and western suburbs.
  • Rapid transit: The DART and the proposed Dublin Metro line.
  • Port: Dublin Port and Dún Laoghaire Harbour.
  • Air: Dublin International Airport.

Towns and suburbs[]

  • Adamstown
  • Artane
  • Ashtown
  • Balbriggan
  • Baldoyle
  • Balgriffin
  • Ballinteer
  • Ballsbridge
  • Ballyboden
  • Ballybrack
  • Ballybough
  • Ballyfermot
  • Ballygall
  • Ballymount
  • Ballymun
  • Ballyroan
  • Balrothery
  • Bayside
  • Beaumont
  • Belfield
  • Blackrock
  • Blanchardstown
  • Bluebell
  • Booterstown
  • Brittas
  • Broadstone
  • Ballyboughgal
  • Cabinteely
  • Cabra
  • Carrickmines
  • Castleknock
  • Chapelizod
  • Cherrywood
  • Churchtown
  • Clondalkin
  • Clonsilla
  • Clonskeagh
  • Clontarf
  • Coolmine
  • Coolock
  • Corduff
  • Cornelscourt
  • Crumlin
  • Dalkey
  • Darndale
  • Dartry
  • Deansgrange
  • Dollymount
  • Dolphin's Barn
  • Donabate
  • Donaghmede
  • Donnybrook
  • Donnycarney
  • Drimnagh
  • Drumcondra
  • Dún Laoghaire
  • Dundrum
  • East Wall
  • Edmondstown
  • Fairview
  • Finglas
  • Firhouse
  • Foxrock
  • Garristown
  • Glasnevin
  • Glasthule
  • Glencullen
  • Glenageary
  • Goatstown
  • Grangegorman
  • Harold's Cross
  • Howth
  • Inchicore
  • Irishtown
  • Islandbridge
  • Jobstown
  • Kill O' The Grange
  • Kilbarrack
  • Killester
  • Killiney
  • Kilmacud
  • Kilmainham
  • Kilnamanagh
  • Kilternan
  • Kimmage
  • Kinsealy
  • Knocklyon
  • Leopardstown
  • Loughlinstown
  • Lucan
  • Lusk
  • Malahide
  • Marino
  • Milltown
  • Monkstown
  • Mount Merrion
  • Mulhuddart
  • Newcastle
  • Naul
  • Oldbawn
  • Ongar
  • Palmerstown
  • Phibsborough
  • Portmarnock
  • Portobello
  • Raheny
  • Ranelagh
  • Rathcoole
  • Rathfarnham
  • Rathgar
  • Rathmichael
  • Rathmines
  • Rialto
  • Ringsend
  • Rush
  • Saggart
  • Sallynoggin
  • Sandycove
  • Sandyford
  • Sandymount
  • Santry
  • Shankill
  • Skerries
  • Smithfield
  • Stepaside
  • Stillorgan
  • Stoneybatter
  • Sutton
  • Swords
  • Tallaght
  • Templeogue
  • Terenure
  • The Coombe
  • Tyrrelstown
  • Walkinstown
  • Whitechurch
  • Whitehall
  • Windy Arbour

See also[]

  • For the baronial sub-divisions of the old county
  • List of abbeys and priories in the Republic of Ireland (County Dublin)
  • List of mountains and hills of County Dublin
  • List of rivers in County Dublin
  • List of schools in County Dublin
  • List of subdivisions of County Dublin
  • List of townlands of County Dublin


  1. ^ Census of Population 2011: Preliminary Results, Central Statistics Office. Retrieved 30 October 2011
  2. ^ a b "Local Government Act, 1991 (Regional Authorities) (Establishment) Order, 1993". Retrieved 31 July 2009. 
  3. ^ Act of the Oireachtas: Local Government (Dublin) Act, 1993 (Section 9 Part 1(a))
  4. ^ Local Government (Dublin) Act, 1993 Section 2 specifies: “the county”, in relation to any time before the establishment day, means the administrative county of Dublin.
  5. ^ Dáil Éireann: Parliamentary Debates (3 November 1993)
  6. ^ "Oideachas Trí Mheán na Gaeilge in Éirinn sa Ghalltacht 2010-2011" (in Irish). 2011. Retrieved 9 January 2012. 
  7. ^ For 1653 and 1659 figures from Civil Survey Census of those years, Paper of Mr Hardinge to Royal Irish Academy 14 March 1865.
  8. ^ "Census for post 1821 figures". 
  9. ^ "Histpop - The Online Historical Population Reports Website homepage". Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  10. ^ "Northern Ireland Census of Population". NISRA. Retrieved 4 December 2010. 
  11. ^ 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. 
  12. ^ Mokyr, Joel (November 1984). "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. 

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