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County Louth is named after the village of Louth (Lughbhadh in Irish, some say refers to the Celtic god Lugh) and is located on the eastern coast of Ireland in the province of Leinster. It is affectionaly called “the Wee County,” as it is the smallest county in Ireland. Its length is 29 miles from the boundary a little north of Ravensdale to the boundary south of Drogheda and its breath is only 12 to 13 miles. The area is 316.8 square miles (820.5 sq km).

Prior to the Normans, this County was part of the Kingdom of Oriel. Drogheda, its main town, was founded in 911 by the Norse Vikings. Following the Norman invasion in about 1183, the area was settled by English farmers and it became one of the first four counties established by King John of England in 1210. Louth was controlled by England over most of the following centuries. Many skirmishes and battles involving Irish and English forces occurred in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Oliver Cromwell attacked Drogheda in 1649 slaughtering the Royalist garrison (Siege of Drogheda). Towards the end of the same century the armies of the warring Kings, James and William, faced off in North Louth during the build-up to the Battle of the Boyne - the battle takes its name from the river Boyne which reaches the sea at Drogheda.

In 1821, the County’s population was 119,129 and increased to 128,240 in 1841. During the Great Famine of 1845-1847, the population decreased until it was 107,662 in 1851. The population continued to decrease to 62,739 in 1926. In 2006, the population was 111,267. County Louth is predominately Roman Catholic. In 1891, the percentage of Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist was 91.3%, 6.8%, 1.3% and 0.4%. Overtime, the Roman Catholics stay about the same to 91.6% in 2002, while the Church of Ireland, Presbyterians and Methodists decreased to 1.6%, 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively, with other or no religions increasing to about 3.9%.

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General County Research Information

Further information about County Louth is available at the GenUKI site.

Civil Jurisdictions and Parish Research Information

A map of the Civil Parishes of County Louth is available at Irish Times site.

Civil Parish - Church of Ireland

Barony Poor Law Union Catholic Parish[1] Catholic Diocese[1]
Ardee Ardee Ardee
Ballybarrack Upper Dundalk Dundalk
Ballyboys Lower Dundalk Dundalk
Ballymakenny Drogheda Drogheda

Ballymakenny Ferrard Drogheda
Ballymascanlan Lower Dundalk Dundalk

Ballymascanlan Upper Dundalk Dundalk
Barronstown Upper Dundalk Dundalk
Beaulieu Ferrard Drogheda
Cappoge Ardee Ardee
Carlingford Dundalk Lower Dundalk

Carlingford Lower Dundalk Dundalk
Carrickbaggot Ferrard Drogheda
Castletown Lower Dundalk Dundalk

Castletown Upper Dundalk Dundalk
Charlestown Ardee Ardee
Clogher Ferrard Drogheda
Clonkeehan Louth Ardee
Clonkeen Ardee Ardee
Clonmore Ferrard Drogheda
Collon Ferrard Ardee
Creggan Upper Dundalk Dundalk
Darver Louth Dundalk
Dromin Ardee Ardee
Dromiskin Louth Dundalk
Drumcar Ardee Ardee
Drumshallon Ferrard Drogheda
Dunany Ferrard Ardee
Dunbin Upper Dundalk Dundalk
Dundalk Upper Dundalk Dundalk
Dunleer Ferrard Ardee
Dysart Ferrard Drogheda
Faughart Upper Dundalk Dundalk
Gernonstown Ardee Ardee
Haggardstown Upper Dundalk Dundalk
Haynestown Upper Dundalk Dundalk
Inishkeen Louth Dundalk
Inishkeen Upper Dundalk Dundalk
Kane Upper Dundalk Dundalk
Kildemock Ardee Ardee
Killanny Ardee Dundalk
Killincoole Louth Dundalk
Kilsaran Ardee Ardee
Louth Ardee Dundalk
Louth Louth Ardee
Louth Louth Dundalk
Louth Upper Dundalk Dundalk
Mansfieldstown Louth Ardee
Mapastown Ardee Ardee
Marlestown Ferrard Drogheda
Mayne Ferrard Drogheda
Monasterboice Ferrard Drogheda
Mosstown Ardee Ardee
Mullary Ferrard Ardee

Mullary Ferrard Drogheda
Parsonstown Ferrard Drogheda
Philipstown Ardee Ardee
Philipstown Ferrard Drogheda
Philipstown Upper Dundalk Dundalk
Port Ferrard Drogheda
Rathdrumin Ferrard Drogheda
Richardstown Ardee Ardee
Roche Upper Dundalk Dundalk
Salterstown Ferrard Ardee
Shanlis Ardee Ardee
Smarmore Ardee Ardee
St. Mary's Drogheda, Muni. Borough of Drogheda
St. Peter's Drogheda Drogheda
St. Peter's Drogheda and Muni. Borough Drogheda
Stabannan Ardee Ardee
Stickillin Ardee Ardee
Tallanstown Ardee Ardee
Termonfeckin Ferrard Drogheda
Tullyallen Ferrard Drogheda

Tullyallen Ferrard & Muni. Borough of Drogheda Drogheda

Maps

1885 County Map: Courtesy of London Ancestor

Occupations

collected by Ffolliott, Rosemary. Some Game Licences of 1802. A list of names, places of abode who took out Certificates of Game Licences issued in 1802, covering Counties Armagh, Clare, Down, Kilkenny, Louth and Tipperary. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol.VIII. no.1. 1976. pages 35-47, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i v7-8.

collected by Ffolliott, Rosemary.  Co. Louth Game Licences in 1813.  List taken from Drogheda Journal 23 October 1813 gives 122 names and residences.  Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. XII, no. 2, pages 87-89. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i, vol. X11 no. 2, 1980.


 Web Sites

To view a list of Louth web sites, visit FHLFavorites.info for some great sites.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ryan, James G. Irish Records: sources for family and local history. USA: Ancestry.com, 1997. FHL 941.5 D23r


 

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