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Irish: Contae Lú
|• Type||County Council|
|• Total||826 km2 (319 sq mi)|
|• Rank||18th |
The county town is Dundalk, which is also the largest town in Louth. Most people that live in Louth live in the two biggest towns, Dundalk and Drogheda. The 2006 Census showed that Dundalk and Drogheda as not only the largest towns in the Louth, but also the second and third largest towns in Ireland.
Where the name comes from
The name is now spelled as An Lú. This is just the modern way of spelling Lughbhaidh. 'Lú' means 'small' in Irish, but this is not where the name comes from.
The history of Louth goes back a long time. Before people wrote down histories and dates, a famous Irish story is supposed to have happened in Louth. It is called the Táin Bó Cúailge. In this story, a famous warrior called Cúchulainn fights a whole army by himself to protect a brown bull from being stolen.
There are some old monasteries in the county including Monasterboice and Mellifont Abbey
In the fourteenth century the Scottish army of Edward Bruce lost the Battle of Faughart near Dundalk. Edward was killed in the battle. Oliver Cromwell attacked Drogheda in 1649 killing the Royalist garrison (Siege of Drogheda).
Places in County Louth
- Central Statistics Office Census 2006 Reports. Central Statistics Office Ireland (April 2007).
- Louth - Britannica Online Encyclopedia
- "Location Result". http://www.discoverireland.ie/DI/resultsengine/Location.aspx?LocationID=16.
- "North West Passage : : Brochures : Ireland Travel Tourism Tour Irlande Irlanda Irland Donegal Dublin Dungannon Armagh Omagh Strabane Louth Meath Monaghan". http://www.northwestpassage.org/brochures/.
- Louth Ireland / Ireland Louth / County louth ireland / Hotel Louth, Restaurant Louth, Hotels Ireland, Travel Guide County Louth Ireland, Louth Attractions
- Omeath Online - Official Site of Omeath, Co. Louth
- Carlingford Online - Carlingford Local and Tourist Site
- Dunleer Parish
- Louth Local Authorities
- Drogheda Tourism - Official Site of the Drogheda Tourist Office