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Irish: Dún Dealgan
Coat of arms of Dundalk
Coat of arms
Motto(s): 
CountryIreland
ProvinceLeinster
CountyCounty Louth
Dáil ÉireannLouth-East Meath
EU ParliamentEast
Area
 • Town24.68 km2 (9.53 sq mi)
Population
 (Census 2011)
 • Rank6th
 • Urban
31,073
 • Rural
25,581
 • CSA
56,654
Irish Grid ReferenceJ048074
Dialing code042, +353 42
Websitewww.dundalk.ie

Dundalk (Irish: Dún Dealgan) is a town in County Louth, Republic of Ireland, near the border with Northern Ireland. It takes its name from Dún Dealgan, "Dalga's fort" and officially became a town in 1189. It is located at a ford on the Castletown River. The town's crest reads "Mé do rug Cú Chulainn Cróga" (I gave birth to brave Cú Chulainn) Dundalk is twinned with the town of Rezé in France.[2]

Dundalk has a large population of 29,037 inhabitants.[1] In 2003, Dundalk was amongst nine cities and towns to be given "Gateway status" in the Irish Government's "National Spatial Strategy". "Gateway towns" will be the first to get funding for improving their towns.[3]

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