County KerryCounty AntrimCounty LondonderryCounty DownCounty ArmaghCounty LouthCounty TyroneCounty WexfordCounty DublinCounty WicklowCounty MonaghanCounty DonegalCounty FermanaghCounty WaterfordCounty CorkCounty LimerickCounty ClareCounty CarlowCounty KilkennyCounty LaoisCounty TipperaryCounty MeathCounty KildareCounty CavanCounty LeitrimCounty SligoCounty RoscommonCounty GalwayCounty LongfordCounty WestmeathCounty OffalyCounty MayoCounty MayoA map of Ireland showing traditional county borders and names with Northern Ireland counties colored tan, all other counties colored green

The counties of Ireland are sub-national divisions that have been, and in some cases continue to be, used to geographically demarcate areas of local government.

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The map at the beginning of this article shows the 32 traditional counties that were in place in Ireland by early 17th century. Their area does not always correspond with the area of the counties currently used for local government purposes.
Note: Northern Ireland counties are coloured tan.


The last county to be formed was County Wicklow in 1606-1607.

List of countiesEdit

Flag County Irish name County town Province
County Antrim Antrim Aontroim
(Contae Aontroma)
Ballymena Ulster
Northern Ireland
County Armagh Armagh Ard Mhacha
(Contae Ard Mhacha)
Armagh Ulster
Northern Ireland
County Carlow Carlow Ceatharlach
(Contae Cheatharlach)
Carlow Leinster
County Cavan Cavan An Cabhán
(Contae an Chabháin)
Cavan Ulster
County Clare Clare An Clár
(Contae an Chláir)
Ennis Munster
County Cork Cork Corcaigh
(Contae Chorcaí)
Cork Munster
County Donegal Donegal Dún na nGall
(Contae Dhún na nGall)
Lifford Ulster
County Down Down An Dún
(Contae an Dúin)
Downpatrick Ulster
Northern Ireland
County Dublin Dublin Áth Cliath
(Contae Átha Cliath)
Dublin Leinster
County Fermanagh Fermanagh Fear Manach
(Contae Fhear Manach)
Enniskillen Ulster
Northern Ireland
County Galway Galway Gaillimh
(Contae na Gaillimhe)
Galway Connacht
County Kerry Kerry Ciarraí
(Contae Chiarraí)
Tralee Munster
County Kildare Kildare Cill Dara
(Contae Chill Dara)
Naas Leinster
County Kilkenny Kilkenny Cill Chainnigh
(Contae Chill Chainnigh)
Kilkenny Leinster
County Laois Laois Laois
(Contae Laoise)
Portlaoise Leinster
County Leitrim Leitrim Liatroim
(Contae Liatroma)
Carrick-on-Shannon Connacht
County Limerick Limerick Luimneach
(Contae Luimnigh)
Limerick Munster
County Londonderry Londonderry Doire
(Contae Dhoire)
Coleraine Ulster
Northern Ireland
County Longford Longford An Longfort
(Contae an Longfoirt)
Longford Leinster
County Louth Louth
(Contae Lú)
Dundalk Leinster
County Mayo Mayo Maigh Eo
(Contae Mhaigh Eo)
Castlebar Connacht
County Meath Meath An Mhí
(Contae na Mí)
Navan Leinster
County Monaghan Monaghan Muineachán
(Contae Mhuineacháin)
Monaghan Ulster
County Offaly Offaly Uíbh Fhailí
(Contae Uíbh Fhailí)
Tullamore Leinster
County Roscommon Roscommon Ros Comáin
(Contae Ros Comáin)
Roscommon Connacht
County Sligo Sligo Sligeach
(Contae Shligigh)
Sligo Connacht
County Tipperary Tipperary Tiobraid Árann
(Contae Thiobraid Árann)
Clonmel Munster
County Tyrone Tyrone Tír Eoghain
(Contae Thír Eoghain)
Omagh Ulster
Northern Ireland
County Waterford Waterford Port Láirge
(Contae Phort Láirge)
Dungarvan Munster
County Westmeath Westmeath An Iarmhí
(Contae na hIarmhí)
Mullingar Leinster
County Wexford Wexford Loch Garman
(Contae Loch Garman)
Wexford Leinster
County Wicklow Wicklow Cill Mhantáin
(Contae Chill Mhantáin)
Wicklow Leinster

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