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Ireland is made up of 32 counties, with 26 in the Republic of Ireland and 6 in Northern Ireland.

Map of the counties

Counties of Ireland Republic of Ireland

Carlow - 4 (Ceatharlach)
Cavan - 9 (An Cabhán)
Clare - 20 (An Clár)
Cork - 16 (Corcaigh)
Donegal - 26 (Dún na nGall)
Dublin - 1 (DuÁth Cliath)
Galway - 21 (Gaillimh)
Kerry - 17 (Ciarraí)
Kildare - 5 (Cill Dara)
Kilkenny - 14 (Cill Chainnigh)
Laois - 13 (Leix)
Leitrim - (25 Liatroim)
Limerick - 18 (Luimneach)
Longford - 10 (An Longfort)
Louth - 7 (Lú)
Mayo - 22 (Maigh Eo)
Meath - 6 (An Mhí)

Monaghan - 8 (Muineachán)
Offaly - 12 (Uíbh Fhailí)
Roscommon - 23 (Ros Comáin)
Sligo - 24 (Sligeach)
Tipperary - 19 (Tiobraid Árann)
Waterford - 15 (Port Láirge)
Westmeath - 11 (An Iarmhí)
Wexford - 3 (Loch Garman)
Wicklow - 2 (Cill Mhantáin)

Northern Ireland
Antrim - 4 (Aontroim)
Armagh - 6 (Ard Mhacha)
Down - 5 (An Dún]]
Fermanagh - 1 (Fear Manach)
Londonderry (Derry) - 3 (Doire)
Tyrone - 2 (Tír Eoghain)

Scroll down to see a table of the four historic provinces and the counties contained in each.

List of counties

Key to provinces: Flag of Ulster.png Ulster Flag of Leinster.png Leinster Flag of Munster.png Munster Flag of Connacht.png Connacht
County
Irish name
County
English name
County Town
Irish name
County Town
English name
Province Country
Aontroim
Contae Aontroma
Antrim
County Antrim
Aontroim Antrim Flag of Ulster.png Flag of the United Kingdom.png
Ard Mhacha
Contae Ard Mhacha
Armagh
County Armagh
Ard Mhacha Armagh Flag of Ulster.png Flag of the United Kingdom.png
Áth Cliath*
Contae Átha Cliath
Dublin*
County Dublin
Áth Cliath Dublin Flag of Leinster.png Flag of Ireland.png
Átha Cliath Theas*
Contae Átha Cliath Theas
South Dublin*
County of South Dublin
Tamhlacht Tallaght Flag of Leinster.png Flag of Ireland.png
An Cabhán
Contae an Chabháin
Cavan
County Cavan
An Cabhán Cavan Flag of Ulster.png Flag of Ireland.png
Ceatharlach
Contae Cheatharlach
Carlow
County Carlow
Ceatharlach Carlow Flag of Leinster.png Flag of Ireland.png
Ciarraí
Contae Chiarraí
Kerry
County Kerry
Trá Lí Tralee Flag of Munster.png Flag of Ireland.png
Cill Chainnigh
Contae Chill Chainnigh
Kilkenny
County Kilkenny
Cill Chainnigh Kilkenny Flag of Leinster.png Flag of Ireland.png
Cill Dara
Contae Chill Dara
Kildare
County Kildare
Nás na Ríogh Naas Flag of Leinster.png Flag of Ireland.png
Cill Mhantáin
Contae Chill Mhantáin
Wicklow
County Wicklow
Cill Mhantáin Wicklow Flag of Leinster.png Flag of Ireland.png
An Clár
Contae an Chláir
Clare
County Clare
Innis Ennis Flag of Munster.png Flag of Ireland.png
Corcaigh
Contae Chorcaí
Cork
County Cork
Corcaigh Cork Flag of Munster.png Flag of Ireland.png
Doire
Contae Dhoire
Derry
County Derry/Londonderry
Doire Derry Flag of Ulster.png Flag of the United Kingdom.png
An Dún
Contae an Dúin
Down
County Down
Dún Pádraig Downpatrick Flag of Ulster.png Flag of the United Kingdom.png
Dún na nGall
Contae Dhún na nGall
Donegal
County Donegal
Leifear Lifford Flag of Ulster.png Flag of Ireland.png
Dún Laoghaire–Ráth an Dúin*
Contae Dún Laoghaire–Ráth an Dúin*
Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown*
County of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown
Dún Laoghaire Dún Laoghaire Flag of Leinster.png Flag of Ireland.png
Fear Manach
Contae Fhear Manach
Fermanagh
County Fermanagh
Inis Ceithleann Enniskillen Flag of Ulster.png Flag of the United Kingdom.png
Fine Gall*
Contae Fine Gall
Fingal*
County of Fingal
Sord Cholm Cille Swords Flag of Leinster.png Flag of Ireland.png
Gaillimh
Contae na Gaillimhe
Galway
County Galway
Gaillimh Galway Flag of Connacht.png Flag of Ireland.png
An Iarmhí
Contae na hIarmhí
Westmeath
County Westmeath
An Muileann gCearr Mullingar Flag of Leinster.png Flag of Ireland.png
Laois
Contae Laoise
Laoise
County Laois
Portlaoise Portlaoise Flag of Leinster.png Flag of Ireland.png
Liatroim
Contae Liatroma
Leitrim
County Leitrim
Cora Droma Rúisc Carrick-on-Shannon Flag of Connacht.png Flag of Ireland.png
Loch Garman
Contae Loch Garman
Wexford
County Wexford
Loch Garman Wexford Flag of Leinster.png Flag of Ireland.png
An Longfort
Contae an Longfoirt
Longford
County Longford
An Longfort Longford Flag of Leinster.png Flag of Ireland.png
Luimneach
Contae Luimnigh
Limerick
County Limerick
Luimneach Limerick Flag of Munster.png Flag of Ireland.png

Contae Lú
Louth
County Louth
Dún Dealgan Dundalk Flag of Leinster.png Flag of Ireland.png
Maigh Eo
Contae Mhaigh Eo
Mayo
County Mayo
Caisleán an Bharraigh Castlebar Flag of Connacht.png Flag of Ireland.png
An Mhí
Contae na Mí
Meath
County Meath
An Uaimh Navan Flag of Leinster.png Flag of Ireland.png
Muineachán
Contae Mhuineacháin
Monaghan
County Monaghan
Muineachán Monaghan Flag of Ulster.png Flag of Ireland.png
Port Láirge
Contae Phort Láirge
Waterford
County Waterford
Port Láirge Waterford Flag of Munster.png Flag of Ireland.png
Ros Comáin
Contae Ros Comáin
Roscommon
County Roscommon
Ros Comáin Roscommon Flag of Connacht.png Flag of Ireland.png
Sligeach
Contae Shligigh
Sligo
County Sligo
Sligeach Sligo Flag of Connacht.png Flag of Ireland.png
Tiobraid Árann
Contae Thiobraid Árann
Tipperary
County Tipperary
An tAonach (north)
Cluain Meala (south)
Nenagh (north)
Clonmel (south)
Flag of Munster.png Flag of Ireland.png
Tír Eoghain
Contae Thír Eoghain
Tyrone
County Tyrone
An Ómaigh Omagh Flag of Ulster.png Flag of the United Kingdom.png
Uíbh Fhailí
Contae Uíbh Fhailí
Offaly
County Offaly
Tulach Mhór Tullamore Flag of Leinster.png Flag of Ireland.png

Note: * - The old County Dublin has now been replaced by three new counties:
(i) Contae Átha Cliath Theas / County of South Dublin;
(ii) Contae Fine Gall / County of Fingal;
(iii) Contae Dún Laoghaire–Ráth an Dúin / County of Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown.

Jurisdictions

Jurisdictions, arranged from the smallest first to the largest last, of interest for family history research include:

  • Townlands -- small geographical areas that mostly serve as addresses but have also been used as a division for record organization.
  • Parishes -- civil government parishes and church parishes in both the Church of Ireland and the Roman Catholic Church. Civil parish and Church of Ireland parish boundaries closely correspond and share names. Roman Catholic parishes tend to be larger and have names that often do not match those of the civil parishes. Large cities can contain several parishes.
  • Baronies -- ancient districts which were used as divisions for record organization into the late 19th century.
  • Poor Law Unions -- created by the New Poor Law Act of 1838 to facilitate the care of the poor; each contains several civil parishes; later subdivided into districts for civil registration and into district electoral divisions for census, taxation and voting purposes.
  • County -- thirty-two in the whole of Ireland; each made up of several parishes and divided into jurisdictions for various purposes
  • Country -- the Republic of Ireland with twenty-six counties and Northern Ireland with six counties

 

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