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County Carlow (Irish: Contae Cheatharlach) is a county in Ireland, part of the South-East Region and the province of Leinster.[8] It is named after the town of Carlow, which lies on the River Barrow. Carlow County Council is the local authority. The population was 56,932 at the 2016 census.[1]

County Carlow

Contae Cheatharlach
Flag of County Carlow
Flag
Coat of arms of County Carlow
Coat of arms
Location of County Carlow
CountryIreland
ProvinceLeinster
Dáil ÉireannCarlow–Kilkenny
EU ParliamentSouth
County townCarlow
Government
 • TypeCounty Council
Area
 • Total897 km2 (346 sq mi)
Area rank31st
Population
 (2016)[1]
 • Total56,932
 • Rank30th
 • Density63/km2 (160/sq mi)
Vehicle index
mark code
CW
Websitewww.carlow.ie
Windmill Hill, Enniscorthy, Blackstairs Mountains on the horizon.

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Geography and political subdivisionsEdit

Carlow, or "Ceatharlach" originally part of the Norman Palantine-county of Leinster, became a separate county probably around 1306.[9] 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.

BaroniesEdit

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 villagesEdit

Local government and politicsEdit

 
The River Barrow in Carlow

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.[10] 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).[11][12] 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.

SportEdit

PeopleEdit

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c "Census 2016 Sapmap Area: County Carlow". Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 22 November 2018.
  2. ^ For 1653 and 1659 figures from Civil Survey Census of those years, Paper of Mr Hardinge to Royal Irish Academy 14 March 1865.
  3. ^ Census for post 1821 figures.
  4. ^ http://www.histpop.org Archived 7 May 2016 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 17 February 2012. Retrieved 2010-08-12.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  6. ^ Lee, JJ (1981). "Pre-famine". 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.
  7. ^ Mokyr, Joel; O Grada, Cormac (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.[dead link]
  8. ^   Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Carlow (county)" . Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press.
  9. ^ Desmond Roche, Local Government in Ireland, Dublin, 1982
  10. ^ "All Services". Carlow County Council. Retrieved 27 March 2011.[permanent dead link]
  11. ^ "2009 Local elections – Carlow County Council". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
  12. ^ Act of the Oireachtas: County of Carlow Local Electoral Areas Order 2008

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