Cooley Peninsula

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Coordinates: 54°2′4″N 6°13′36″W / 54.03444°N 6.22667°W / 54.03444; -6.22667

The Cooley Peninsula's highest point, Slieve Foy, as seen from Carlingford

The Cooley Peninsula (from Irish: Cuaille,[1] older Cuailghe)[2] is a hilly peninsula in County Louth, Ireland, which includes towns such as Omeath, Carlingford and Greenore.

Geography[edit]

The peninsula contains the Cooley Mountains, the highest of which, Slieve Foy, is also the highest peak in County Louth at 588m. To the north is Carlingford Lough and the border with Northern Ireland; to the south is Dundalk Bay. The peninsula is ringed by the R173 regional road.

The peninsula is geologically diverse, with 440 million year old Silurian greywacke sandstones in the north west and south west, 340 million year old limestones in the east, and 60 million year old volcanic rocks forming the Cooley Mountains.

Antiquity[edit]

In Irish mythology Cooley (Old Irish Cúalnge) was the home of the bull Donn Cúailnge, and the site of the Táin Bó Cúailnge or Cattle Raid of Cooley. Ancient monuments in Cooley include the Proleek Dolmen, whose capstone weighs an estimated 46 tons (46.7 tonnes), and a Bronze Age gallery grave, both near Ballymascanlon.

People[edit]

The Cooley Peninsula is the home of current Leinster and Irish rugby players, Rob Kearney and David Kearney.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland
  2. ^ Rhys, John. Lectures on the Origin and Growth of Religion (1892), p.140

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