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County Carlow
Contae Cheatharlach
Flag of County Carlow
Coat of arms of County Carlow
Coat of arms
Location of County Carlow
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
Dáil Éireann Carlow–Kilkenny
EU Parliament South
 • Total 897 km2 (346 sq mi)
Area rank 31st
Population (2016) 56,875
 • Rank 30th
Vehicle index
mark code
Windmill Hill, Enniscorthy view West - - 64556
Windmill Hill, Enniscorthy, Blackstairs Mountains on the horizon.

County Carlow (Irish: Contae Cheatharlach) is a county in Ireland. It is part of the South-East Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the town of Carlow, which lies on the River Barrow. Carlow County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county is 54,612 according to the 2011 census.

Geography and political subdivisions

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


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 villages

  • Ardattin
  • Ballinkillin
  • Ballon
  • Ballymurphy
  • Borris
  • Carlow
  • Clonmore
  • Clonegal
  • Fennagh
  • Hacketstown
  • Kildavin
  • Muine Bheag
  • Myshall
  • Nurney
  • Old Leighlin
  • Rathvilly
  • Royal Oak
  • St Mullin's
  • Tinryland
  • Tullow


  • Pierce Butler - soldier, planter, and statesman, recognized as one of United States' Founding Fathers. He represented South Carolina in the Continental Congress and the United States Senate.
  • Myles Keogh - American Civil War military 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 in 1876. He was born in Orchard, Leighlinbridge in 1840.
  • William Dargan - engineer, often seen as the father of Irish railways.
  • Richie Kavanagh - comic songwriter, from Raheenwood, Fenagh, Co. Carlow.
  • John Tyndall - the 19th century scientist who was the first to explain why the sky is blue.
  • Derek Ryan - Country music singer & former member of Pop band D-side
  • Saoirse Ronan - Oscar and Golden Globe nominated actress.
  • Kathryn Thomas - RTÉ presenter.
  • Samuel Haughton - polymath, in 1866 published a formula for calculating the drop needed to cause instantaneous death at hangings.
  • Peter Murphy - radio and television broadcaster, presented RTÉ's Cross Country Quiz, was born in Carlow
  • Sean O'Brien Leinster and Ireland international rugby player.
  • Frank O'Meara, Carlow-born Irish artist known for his Impressionist, plein air landscape painting (1853-1888).
  • James Fenelon - member of the Wisconsin State Assembly.
  • David Mullins - Irish jockey, notable for riding Rule The World to win the 2016 Grand National
  • Mary O'Toole - first woman municipal judge in the United States

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