County Louth (UK Parliament constituency)

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For other parliamentary constituencies called Louth, see Louth (disambiguation).
Former County constituency
for the House of Commons
Created from North Louth and South Louth
Replaced by North Louth and South Louth

County Louth, otherwise known as Louth County or Louth, is a former parliamentary constituency in Ireland, which was represented in the House of Commons of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. From 1801 to 1885 it returned two Members of Parliament (MPs), and one in 1918–1922.


From 1801 to 1885, the constituency comprised the whole of County Louth, except for the Parliamentary boroughs of Drogheda and Dundalk. Between 1885 and 1918 the county was divided into the county division constituencies North Louth and South Louth. In 1918, the reunited constituency covered the entire county of Louth plus a small part of County Meath near Drogheda.


Louth was a constituency in the first Dáil election in December 1918 when Sinn Féin won by 255 votes, its narrowest margin of victory in that election. John J. O'Kelly, a native of Kerry, resident in Glasnevin (Dublin), was Louth's first TD. The constituency was merged with Meath to form the 5 seat Louth–Meath constituency for the 2nd and 3rd Dála. In 1923 Louth became a new 3 seat constituency.

Members of Parliament[edit]

MPs 1801–85[edit]

Election 1st Member 1st Party 2nd Member 2nd Party
1801, 1 January John Foster William Charles Fortescue
1806, 18 November Viscount Jocelyn
1807, 19 May John Jocelyn
1810, 10 February Viscount Jocelyn
1820, 10 August John Jocelyn
1821, 27 September Thomas Skeffington
1824, 21 February John Leslie Foster
1826, 21 June Alexander Dawson
1830, 13 August John McClintock Conservative
1831, 18 May Richard Lalor Shiel
1831, 28 September Sir Patrick Bellew, Bt
1832, 21 December Thomas FitzGerald Richard Montesquieu Bellew
1834, 24 December Sir Patrick Bellew, Bt
1837, 5 August Henry Chester
1840, 31 July Thomas Fortescue
1841, 15 July Thomas Vesey Dawson
1847, 10 August Chichester Fortescue
1852, 22 July Tristram Kennedy
1857, 10 April John McClintock
1859, 16 May Richard Montesquieu Bellew
1865, 15 April Tristram Kennedy
1868, 24 November Matthew O'Reilly Dease
1874, 14 February Alexander Martin Sullivan Philip Callan[1]
1874, 9 April George Harley Kirk
1880, 15 April Philip Callan
1880, 31 May Alan Henry Bellingham Conservative
1885 Constituency divided: see North Louth and South Louth

MPs 1918–22[edit]

Election Member Party
1918 John J. O'Kelly Sinn Féin
1922 Constituency abolished



  1. ^ Philip Callan was also returned for Dundalk, for which he chose to sit