Louth, County Louth

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Louth
Town
The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Louth
The Church of the Immaculate Conception, Louth
Louth is located in Ireland
Louth
Louth
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°57′04″N 6°32′28″W / 53.951°N 6.541°W / 53.951; -6.541Coordinates: 53°57′04″N 6°32′28″W / 53.951°N 6.541°W / 53.951; -6.541
Country Ireland
Province Leinster
County County Louth
Elevation 34 m (112 ft)
Population (2006)
 • Urban 549
 • Rural 757
Time zone WET (UTC+0)
 • Summer (DST) IST (WEST) (UTC-1)
Irish Grid Reference H957011

Louth (Irish: )[1] is a village at the heart of County Louth, Ireland. It is roughly 11 km south-west of the town of Dundalk. The village gave its name to the county.

History[edit]

The village is named after Lugh, a god of the ancient Irish. It may once have been the site of a shrine dedicated to the god. An older spelling of the village's name was Lughbhaidh but today it is standardised and simplified as .

According to tradition, Mochta—a Christian missionary from Britain—founded a monastery at Louth in the 4th century. This is known as Saint Mochta's House. In the 12th century, Saint Mary's Abbey was built. However, both are now in ruins. The local GAA team took the name St. Mochtas and play at Pairc Mochta.

Until early in the 21st century, the village was also home to the last remnants of St John's Abbey. The last standing portion of the walls of the monastery, a 12-foot-high (3.7 m), 4-foot-wide (1.2 m) piece known locally as The Pinnacle, suddenly collapsed overnight.

At the heart of the village is the Church of the Immaculate Conception, which was built in 1892, and sits atop a hill overlooking the village and surrounding area. It was destroyed in 2003 by an accidental fire, started during renovation work, leaving only the exterior walls and spire standing. In early 2006, it reopened with a modern-style interior.

Annalistic references[edit]

  • AI818.2 The shrine of Mochta of Lugmad in flight before Aed,son of Niall, and it came to Les Mór.

Demographics[edit]

The population has soared in the last decade, with a constant programme of building of new homes in and around the village. In 2002, it had a population of 514, an increase of 28 per cent in just six years.[2]

The village is home to the former TD for Louth, Eddie Filgate.

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