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Coordinates: 53°57′48.5″N 7°21′26.8″W / 53.963472°N 7.357444°W / 53.963472; -7.357444

Ireland location map Border region
The Border region of Ireland with each constituent county council highlighted.

The Border Region is a NUTS Level III statistical region of Ireland. It comprises the territory of counties Cavan, Donegal, Leitrim, Louth, Monaghan and Sligo. The Border Region spans 12,156 km2, 17.3% of the total area of the state and has a population in excess of 432,500. Its NUTS code is IE011.

Prior to 2014, the region was governed by the Border Regional Assembly. Statutory instrument No. 573/2014 abolished that assembly. Since that date, the association between Regional Assemblies and NUTS regions has ceased. The NUTS regions are used for statistical reporting to Eurostat, while the Regional Assemblies are responsible for planning at a local government level.

The region's largest town is Drogheda which also has extensive links with the Mid-East Region.


The region stretches from the Atlantic Ocean in the west to the Irish Sea in the east. Two of Ireland's longest rivers, the Shannon and the Erne have their source here and have been connected to form one of the world's longest waterways - the Shannon–Erne Waterway. The region has a large rural landscape with many distinctive geographical features. There are many large mountain ranges and high sea cliffs in Donegal, such as Derryveagh Mountains and Slieve League. The region contains two of Ireland's three fjords: Lough Swilly in County Donegal and Carlingford Lough in County Louth.

Former Regional Authority

The Border region was administered by the Border Regional Authority, which consisted of 38 elected representatives including the region's representative on the EU Committee of the Regions. These representatives met once a month and were nominated from the six local government councils of the region:

  • Donegal County Council
  • Louth County Council
  • Cavan County Council
  • Monaghan County Council
  • Sligo County Council
  • Leitrim County Council

The Regional Authorities were dissolved in 2014 and were replaced by Regional Assemblies.

Major settlements

A list of the ten largest settlements in the Border region. County capitals are included and are shown in bold.

Rank Town County Population
(2011 census)
1 Drogheda Louth 38,578 Drogheda2005.jpg
2 Dundalk Louth 37,816 Dkit1 1024x768.jpg
3 Letterkenny Donegal 19,588 Letterkenny Town View.jpg
4 Sligo Sligo 19,452 North Sligo Town.jpg
5 Cavan Cavan 10,205 Cavan churches.jpg
6 Monaghan Monaghan 7,452 Dublin Street, Monaghan - - 612814.jpg
7 Buncrana Donegal 7,199 Buncrana - geograph - 746502.jpg
8 Ardee Louth 4,927 Ardee - Market Street.jpg
9 Carrickmacross Monaghan 4,925 Carrickmacross, Aeriel View.jpg
10 Ballybofey-Stranorlar Donegal 4,852 Balor arts centre - - 1376876.jpg
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