County Carlow
County Carlow is a county
Counties of Ireland
The counties of Ireland are sub-national divisions used for the purposes of geographic demarcation and local government. Closely related to the county is the County corporate which covered towns or cities which were deemed to be important enough to be independent from their counties. A county...

 in Ireland
Republic of Ireland
Ireland , described as the Republic of Ireland , is a sovereign state in Europe occupying approximately five-sixths of the island of the same name. Its capital is Dublin. Ireland, which had a population of 4.58 million in 2011, is a constitutional republic governed as a parliamentary democracy,...

. It is part of the South-East Region
South-East Region, Ireland
The South-East Region is a NUTS Level III region of Ireland and is governed by the South-East Regional Authority. It consists of the area under the jurisdiction of the county councils of counties Carlow, Kilkenny, South Tipperary, Wexford, and Waterford along with Waterford City Council. The...

 and is also located in the province
Provinces of Ireland
Ireland has historically been divided into four provinces: Leinster, Ulster, Munster and Connacht. The Irish word for this territorial division, cúige, literally meaning "fifth part", indicates that there were once five; the fifth province, Meath, was incorporated into Leinster, with parts going to...

 of Leinster
Leinster is one of the Provinces of Ireland situated in the east of Ireland. It comprises the ancient Kingdoms of Mide, Osraige and Leinster. Following the Norman invasion of Ireland, the historic fifths of Leinster and Mide gradually merged, mainly due to the impact of the Pale, which straddled...

. It is named after the town of Carlow
Carlow is the county town of County Carlow in Ireland. It is situated in the south-east of Ireland, 84 km from Dublin. County Carlow is the second smallest county in Ireland by area, however Carlow Town is the 14th largest urban area in Ireland by population according to the 2006 census. The...

, which lies on the River Barrow
River Barrow
The Barrow is a river in Ireland. It is one of The Three Sisters; the other two being the River Suir and the River Nore. The Barrow is the longest and most prominent of the three rivers...

. Carlow County Council
Carlow County Council
Carlow County Council is the local authority which is responsible for County Carlow in Ireland. The Council is responsible for Housing and Community, Roads and Transportation, Urban planning and Development, Amenity and Culture, and Environment. The head of the council has the title of Mayor...

 is the local authority
Local government in the Republic of Ireland
Local government functions in the Republic of Ireland are mostly exercised by thirty-four local authorities, termed county or city councils, which cover the entire territory of the state. The area under the jurisdiction of each of these authorities corresponds to the area of each of the 34 LAU I...

 for the county. The population of the county is 54,532 according to the 2011 census.


There are seven historic baronies
Barony (Ireland)
In Ireland, a barony is a historical subdivision of a county. They were created, like the counties, in the centuries after the Norman invasion, and were analogous to the hundreds into which the counties of England were divided. In early use they were also called cantreds...

 in the county: Carlow, Forth, Idrone East, Idrone West, Rathvilly, St Mullin's Lower and St Mullin's Upper.

Towns and villages

  • Ballinkillen
    Ballinkillen, officially Ballinkillin , is a small village between Borris and Muine Bheag in County Carlow, Ireland. The village itself has 20 homes and about 74 people...

  • Ballon
    Ballon, County Carlow
    Ballon is a village in County Carlow, Ireland. It is located on the N80 road near Carlow.The village has two pubs, Joe Doyle's and Kavanagh's Lounge, both on the Main Street in the centre of the village. Nolan's stonecutter and monumental works are also situated on the main street.There is a...

  • Ballymurphy
    Ballymurphy, County Carlow
    Ballymurphy, historically Ballymurchoe , is a village in County Carlow, Ireland on the R702 regional road. It lies on the western flank of the Blackstairs Mountains.-See also:* List of towns and villages in Ireland...

  • Borris
  • Carlow
    Carlow is the county town of County Carlow in Ireland. It is situated in the south-east of Ireland, 84 km from Dublin. County Carlow is the second smallest county in Ireland by area, however Carlow Town is the 14th largest urban area in Ireland by population according to the 2006 census. The...

  • Clonmore
    Clonmore, County Carlow
    Clonmore is a village in County Carlow, Ireland. It is located 3½ miles south of Hacketstown and 9 miles east of Tullow in the north-east corner of County Carlow.-History:...

  • Clonegal
    Clonegal, officially Clonegall , is a village in the southeast of County Carlow, Ireland. It is in a rural setting, 5 km from Bunclody, County Wexford, 22 km from Carlow and 17 km from the proposed interchange of the N9 and N80 roads at Rathcrogue. It is just over a mile north of...

  • Fennagh
    Fennagh, County Carlow
    Fennagh or Fenagh is a village in County Carlow, Ireland. It lies on the R724 regional road between Muine Bheag and Myshall.-Amenities:...

  • Grangeford
  • Hacketstown
    Hacketstown , historically known as Ballydrohid , is a town in County Carlow, Ireland.It is located on the R747 regional road at its junction with the R727...

  • Kildavin
    Kildavin is a small village in County Carlow, Ireland. Situated on at the junction of the N80 National secondary road and the R724 regional road, it lies 5 km north of Bunclody, County Wexford at the northern end of the Blackstairs Mountains.-See also:...

  • Muine Bheag
  • Myshall
    Myshall is a small village 22 km southeast of Carlow town, on the slopes of Mount Leinster, in County Carlow, Ireland. It is situated on the R724 regional road.-Adelaide Memorial Church:...

  • Nurney
  • Old Leighlin
    Old Leighlin
    Old Leighlin is a small town in County Carlow, Ireland, 3.5 km west of Leighlinbridge. The site was at one time one of the foremost monastic houses in Leinster, with 1500 monks in residence...

  • Rathvilly
    Rathvilly is a village in County Carlow, Ireland. The area has the family seat of Baron Rathdonnell. Rathvilly has won the Irish Tidy Towns Competition on three separate occasions, 1961, 1963, and 1968.-History:...

  • Royal Oak
    Royal Oak, County Carlow
    Royal Oak is a small village in County Carlow, Ireland. It is across the River Barrow from Muinebeag, off the main N9 road from Dublin to Kilkenny. Royal Oak is within the townland of Clorusk .-See also:* List of towns and villages in Ireland...

  • St Mullin's
    St Mullin's
    St Mullin's is a village situated in the south of County Carlow on the eastern bank of the River Barrow in Ireland. It is located less than 2 km off the R729 regional road.-History:...

  • Tinryland
    Tinryland is a village in County Carlow, Ireland, less than 5 km south of Carlow town. It is within the townland of Tinriland , in the parish of Tullowmagimma.-History:Settlement developed in the Tinryland area about 3700-3400 BC...

  • Tullow
    Tullow is a town in County Carlow, Ireland. It is located on the River Slaney where the N81 road intersects with the R762.-History:There is a statue of Father John Murphy, one of the leaders of the 1798 Rebellion, who was captured near Tullow and executed in the Market Square on 2 July...

County council

The principal local authority is Carlow County Council. The council provides a number of services including planning, roads maintenance, fire brigade, council housing, water supply, waste collection, recycling and landfill, higher education grants and funding for arts and culture.

Town councils

An additional tier of local government exists in the two largest towns in the county, Carlow
Carlow is the county town of County Carlow in Ireland. It is situated in the south-east of Ireland, 84 km from Dublin. County Carlow is the second smallest county in Ireland by area, however Carlow Town is the 14th largest urban area in Ireland by population according to the 2006 census. The...

 and Muine Bheag.


  • Lisa Burke
    Lisa Burke
    Lisa Burke is an Irish weather forecaster.-Background:Burke was born and lived in Killeshin, near the town of Carlow in County Carlow, Ireland and attended school there before moving to London with her family in 1987. Her father is Tony Burke, a former goalkeeper for Laois...

     - weather forecaster on Sky News
    Sky News
    Sky News is a 24-hour British and international satellite television news broadcaster with an emphasis on UK and international news stories.The service places emphasis on rolling news, including the latest breaking news. Sky News also hosts localised versions of the channel in Australia and in New...

  • Pierce Butler
    Pierce Butler
    Pierce Butler was a soldier, planter, and statesman, recognized as one of United States' Founding Fathers. He represented South Carolina in the Continental Congress, the 1787 Constitutional Convention, and the U.S. Senate...

     - soldier, planter, and statesman, recognized as one of United States
    United States
    The United States of America is a federal constitutional republic comprising fifty states and a federal district...

    ' Founding Fathers. He represented South Carolina
    South Carolina
    South Carolina is a state in the Deep South of the United States that borders Georgia to the south, North Carolina to the north, and the Atlantic Ocean to the east. Originally part of the Province of Carolina, the Province of South Carolina was one of the 13 colonies that declared independence...

     in the Continental Congress
    Continental Congress
    The Continental Congress was a convention of delegates called together from the Thirteen Colonies that became the governing body of the United States during the American Revolution....

     and the United States Senate
    United States Senate
    The United States Senate is the upper house of the bicameral legislature of the United States, and together with the United States House of Representatives comprises the United States Congress. The composition and powers of the Senate are established in Article One of the U.S. Constitution. Each...

  • Myles Keogh
    Myles Keogh
    Myles Walter Keogh was an Irishman who fought in Italy during the 1860 Papal War before volunteering for the Union side in the American Civil War . During the war years, he was promoted from the rank of Captain to that of Major, finally being awarded the brevet rank of Lieutenant Colonel...

     - American Civil War
    American Civil War
    The American Civil War was a civil war fought in the United States of America. In response to the election of Abraham Lincoln as President of the United States, 11 southern slave states declared their secession from the United States and formed the Confederate States of America ; the other 25...

    A military is an organization authorized by its greater society to use lethal force, usually including use of weapons, in defending its country by combating actual or perceived threats. The military may have additional functions of use to its greater society, such as advancing a political agenda e.g...

     officer and later Captain of Company I, U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment - Fought in Indian Wars and was killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn
    Battle of the Little Bighorn
    The Battle of the Little Bighorn, also known as Custer's Last Stand and, by the Indians involved, as the Battle of the Greasy Grass, was an armed engagement between combined forces of Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho people against the 7th Cavalry Regiment of the United States Army...

     in 1876. He was born in Orchard, Leighlinbridge
    Leighlinbridge is a village on the River Barrow in County Carlow, Ireland. The N9 National primary route once passed through the village, which was by-passed in the 1980s. It now lies on the R705 regional road....

     in 1840.
  • William Dargan
    William Dargan
    William Dargan , an engineer, often seen as the father of Irish railways, came from Killeshin, County Laois, Ireland. Born in 1799, he constructed Ireland's first railway from Dublin to Dún Laoghaire in 1833. He constructed over of railway to important urban centres of Ireland...

     - engineer, often seen as the father of Irish railways.
  • Richie Kavanagh
    Richie Kavanagh
    Richie Kavanagh is an Irish entertainer who writes and performs his own songs. Famous for the song Aon Focal Eile, he now has a number of hits to his name...

     - comic songwriter, from Raheenwood, Fenagh, Co. Carlow.
  • John Tyndall
    John Tyndall
    John Tyndall FRS was a prominent Irish 19th century physicist. His initial scientific fame arose in the 1850s from his study of diamagnetism. Later he studied thermal radiation, and produced a number of discoveries about processes in the atmosphere...

     - the 19th century scientist who was the first to explain why the sky is blue.
  • Saoirse Ronan
    Saoirse Ronan
    Saoirse Una Ronan is an Irish film actress. She began her career as a child and came to international prominence in 2007 after co-starring in the film Atonement, which gained her nominations for a BAFTA, a Golden Globe and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.Ronan has since appeared in...

     - Oscar and Golden Globe nominated actress.
  • Kathryn Thomas
    Kathryn Thomas
    Kathryn Thomas is an Irish television presenter from Carlow. She does be doing the holiday programme on RTÉ. Now she does a Winning Streak every week with Marty Whelan...

     - RTÉ presenter.
  • Samuel Haughton
    Samuel Haughton
    Samuel Haughton was an Irish scientific writer.-Biography:He was born in Carlow, the son of James Haughton ....

     - Polymath, in 1866 published a formula for calculating the drop needed to cause instantaneous death at hangings.
  • Sean O Brien- Leinster Rugby, from Tullow, Co.Carlow.

See also

  • List of abbeys and priories in Ireland (County Carlow)
  • Lord Lieutenant of Carlow
    Lord Lieutenant of Carlow
    This is a list of people who have served as Lord Lieutenant of Carlow. The office was created on 23 August 1831.* John Ponsonby, 4th Earl of Bessborough 17 October 1831 – 1838* John Ponsonby, 5th Earl of Bessborough November 1838 – 28 January 1880...

  • High Sheriff of Carlow
    High Sheriff of Carlow
    The High Sheriff of Carlow was the British Crown’s judicial representative in County Carlow, Ireland from the 16th century until 1922, when the office was abolished in the new Free State and replaced by the office of Carlow County Sheriff. The sheriff had judicial, electoral, ceremonial and...

  • Monte Carlow - a place to discuss everything Carlow

External links

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