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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.
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.
The Cooley Peninsula is the home of current Irish rugby player, Rob Kearney.
- Placenames Database of Ireland
- Rhys, John. Lectures on the Origin and Growth of Religion (1892), p.140
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