|Established||1210 (as the Palatinate of Carlow)|
|• Type||County Council|
|• Total||897 km2 (346 sq mi)|
|Highest elevation||794 m (2,605 ft)|
|• Density||63/km2 (160/sq mi)|
|Time zone||UTC±0 (WET)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC+1 (IST)|
|Eircode routing keys|
R21, R93 (primarily)
|Telephone area codes||059 (primarily)|
County Carlow (Irish: Contae Cheatharlach) is a county in Ireland, part of the South-East Region and the province of Leinster. It is named after the town of Carlow, which lies on the River Barrow. Carlow County Council is the local authority. The population was 56,932 at the 2016 census.
Geography and political subdivisions
Carlow, or "Ceatharlach" originally part of the Norman Palantine-county of Leinster, became a separate county probably around 1306. At that time it was larger than today, extending to and including the coastal area around Arklow, though control of this area became disputed with the Irish chieftains of the area. These areas were given over to County Wicklow in 1606-07.
There are seven historic baronies in the county: Carlow, Forth, Idrone East, Idrone West, Rathvilly, St Mullin's Lower and St Mullin's Upper.
Towns and villages
Local government and politics
Local government in County Carlow is governed by the Local Government Acts, the most recent of which (Local Government Act 2001) established a two-tier structure of local government. The top tier of the structure consists of Carlow County Council. The second tier of local government consists of town councils. Outside the borough, the county council is solely responsible for local services. Two towns in the county have town councils: Carlow and Muine Bheag. There are 21 councillors in the county council who are returned from five local electoral areas: Borris (3), Carlow East (4), Carlow West (5), Muine Bheag (4) and Tullow (4). As the county is part of the South-East Region, some county councillors are also representatives on the South-East Regional Authority.
- F.C. Carlow are the local soccer team who compete in the A Championship
- Carlow GAA are the county's Gaelic Athletic Association body which fields both hurling and football teams.
- Pierce Butler - soldier, planter, and statesman, recognized as one of United States' Founding Fathers. He represented South Carolina in the Continental Congress and the United States Senate.
- William Dargan - engineer, often seen as the father of Irish railways
- James Fenelon - member of the Wisconsin State Assembly
- Samuel Haughton - polymath, in 1866 published a formula for calculating the drop needed to cause instantaneous death at hangings
- Richie Kavanagh - comic songwriter
- Myles Keogh - American Civil War military officer and later Captain of Company I, U.S. 7th Cavalry Regiment - Fought in Indian Wars and was killed at the Battle of the Little Bighorn in 1876. He was born in Orchard, Leighlinbridge in 1840
- Richard Montfort - architect and engineer, first Chief Engineer of the Louisville and Nashville Railroad.
- David Mullins - Irish jockey, notable for riding Rule The World to win the 2016 Grand National
- Peter Murphy - radio and television broadcaster, presented RTÉ's Cross Country Quiz, was born in Carlow
- Sean O'Brien - Leinster and Ireland international rugby player.
- Frank O'Meara - Carlow-born artist known for his impressionist, plein air landscape painting
- Mary O'Toole - first woman municipal judge in the United States
- Saoirse Ronan - Oscar nominated and Golden Globe awarded actress
- Derek Ryan - Country music singer & former member of Pop band D-side
- Kathryn Thomas - RTÉ presenter
- Turtle Bunbury - Historian and author
- John Tyndall - the 19th century scientist who was the first to explain why the sky is blue
- List of abbeys and priories in Ireland (County Carlow)
- Lord Lieutenant of Carlow
- High Sheriff of Carlow
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- Desmond Roche, Local Government in Ireland, Dublin, 1982
- "All Services". Carlow County Council. Retrieved 27 March 2011.[permanent dead link]
- "2009 Local elections – Carlow County Council". ElectionsIreland.org. Retrieved 27 March 2011.
- Act of the Oireachtas: County of Carlow Local Electoral Areas Order 2008
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