County Waterford

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County Waterford (Irish: Contae Phort Láirge) is a county in Ireland. It is in the province of Munster and is part of the South-East Region. It is named after the city of Waterford. Waterford City and County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county at large, including the city, was 116,176 according to the 2016 census.[2] The county is based on the historic Gaelic territory of the Déise. There is an Irish-speaking area, Gaeltacht na nDéise, in the south-west of the county.

County Waterford
Contae Phort Láirge
Coat of arms of County Waterford
The Déise
Déisi oc Declán co Bráth  (Old Irish)
"May the Déise remain with Declan forever"
Location of County Waterford
Dáil ÉireannWaterford
EU ParliamentSouth
County townWaterford
 • TypeCity and County Council
 • Total1,857 km2 (717 sq mi)
Area rank20th
Highest elevation792 m (2,598 ft)
 • Total116,176
 • Rank20th
 • Density63/km2 (160/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC±0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST)
Eircode routing keys
E32, E91, X35, X42, X91 (primarily)
Telephone area codes051, 058 (primarily)
Vehicle index
mark code
W (since 2014)
WD (1987–2013)

Geography and political subdivisionsEdit

County Waterford has two mountain ranges, the Knockmealdown Mountains and the Comeragh Mountains. The highest point in the county is Knockmealdown, at 794 m (2,605 ft). It also has many rivers, including Ireland's third longest river, the River Suir (184 km (114 mi)); and Ireland's fourth longest river, the Munster Blackwater (168 km (104 mi)). There are over 30[citation needed] beaches along Waterford's volcanic coast line.[3] A large stretch of this coastline, known as the Copper Coast has been designated as a UNESCO Geopark, a place of great geological importance. To the west of Dungarvan is the Déise Gaeltacht, an Irish-speaking region comprising the areas of Ring, County Waterford and Old Parish.

Waterford City is the county seat, prior to the merger of the 2 Waterford authorities in June 2014 Dungarvan was the county seat[4] for Waterford County Council.


There are eight historic baronies in the county: Coshmore and Coshbride, Decies-within-Drum, Decies-without-Drum, Gaultiere, Glenahiry, Middlethird, Upperthird and Waterford City.

Largest townsEdit

Rank Town Population
(2016 census)
1 Waterford 53,504
2 Tramore 10,381
3 Dungarvan 9,227
4 Dunmore East 1,808
5 Portlaw 1,742
6 Lismore 1,374


Ballynageeragh Portal Tomb was built in the 4th millennium BC

County Waterford is colloquially known as "The Déise", pronounced "day-shih" or, in Irish, /dʲe:ʃʲɪ/ (Irish: Na Déise). Some time between the 4th and 8th centuries, an Irish tribe called the Déisi were driven from southern county Meath/north Kildare and moved into the Waterford region, conquering and settling there. The ancient principality of the Déise is today roughly coterminous with the current Roman Catholic Diocese of Waterford and Lismore thus including part of south County Tipperary.

The westernmost of the baronies are "Decies within Drum" and "Decies without Drum", separated by the Drum-Fineen hills.[11]

Mine workers at Bunmahon, County Waterford c. 1906

There are many megalithic tombs and ogham stones in the county.[12] The Viking influence can still be seen with Reginald's Tower, one of the first buildings to use a brick and mortar construction method in Ireland. Woodstown, a settlement dating to the 9th century was discovered 5.5 kilometres west of Waterford city. It was the largest settlement outside Scandinavia and the only large-scale 9th-century Viking settlement discovered to date in Western Europe. Other architectural features are products of the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland and its effects.

Local government and politicsEdit

As of 1 June 2014, Waterford City and County Council is the local government authority for Waterford. The authority was formed following the merger of Waterford City Council and Waterford County Council. The merger occurred following the Local Government Reform Act 2014. Each local authority ranks equally as first level local administrative units of the NUTS 3 South-East Region for Eurostat purposes. There are 31 LAU 1 entities in the Republic of Ireland. The local authority is responsible for certain local services such as sanitation, planning and real-estate development, libraries, the collection of automobile taxation, local roads and social housing.

The county is part of the South constituency for the purposes of European elections. For elections to Dáil Éireann, the county is part of two constituencies: Waterford and Tipperary South. Together they return 7 deputies (TDs) to the Dáil. The Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009 defines the Waterford constituency as "The county of Waterford, except the part thereof which is comprised in the constituency of Tipperary South; and the city of Waterford."[13]


Gaeltacht na nDéise is a Gaeltacht area in Co. Waterford consisting of the parish of An Rinn and An Sean Phobal. Gaeltacht na nDéise is located 10 km from the town of Dungarvan, has a population of 1,816 people (Census 2016) and encompasses a geographical area of 62 km2. According to Census 2016 the percentage of daily Irish speakers in Gaeltacht na nDéise was 45.6%.[14]

See alsoEdit

Counsellors strand


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  2. ^ a b c "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: County Waterford City And County". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Archived from the original on 18 November 2018. Retrieved 18 November 2018.
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  7. ^ Archived 7 May 2016 at the Wayback Machine
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  9. ^ Lee, JJ (1981). "On the accuracy of the Pre-famine Irish censuses". In Goldstrom, J. M.; Clarkson, L. A. (eds.). Irish Population, Economy, and Society: Essays in Honour of the Late K. H. Connell. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press.
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  11. ^ Egan, P.M. (20 November 2004) [1893]. "Early Waterford History 2. The Decies". History of Waterford. Archived from the original on 26 May 2008. Retrieved 23 February 2008.
  12. ^ "Prehistoric Waterford tombs, dolmens and standing stones". Archived from the original on 29 December 2011. Retrieved 10 April 2011.
  13. ^ "Electoral (Amendment) Act 2009: Schedule". Irish Statute Book database. Archived from the original on 25 November 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2010.
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Coordinates: 52°15′N 7°30′W / 52.250°N 7.500°W / 52.250; -7.500