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An Tulach
N81 crossing the River Slaney in the centre of Tullow
N81 crossing the River Slaney in the centre of Tullow
Tullow is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 52°48′01″N 6°44′13″W / 52.8003°N 6.7369°W / 52.8003; -6.7369Coordinates: 52°48′01″N 6°44′13″W / 52.8003°N 6.7369°W / 52.8003; -6.7369
CountyCounty Carlow
95 m (312 ft)
Time zoneUTC±0 (WET)
 • Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST)
Eircode routing key
Telephone area code+353(0)59
Irish Grid ReferenceS852728

Tullow (/ˈtʊl/; Irish: An Tulach, meaning 'the hillock',[2] formerly Tulach Ó bhFéidhlim/ Tullowphelim) is a market town in County Carlow, Ireland. It is located on the River Slaney where the N81 road intersects with the R725. As of 2016, the population was 4,673.[1]


There is a statue of Father John Murphy, one of the leaders of the 1798 Rebellion, who was captured near Tullow and executed in the Market Square on 2 July. There is a small museum with information about this period and other local history.


Gaelic Sports[edit]

Saint Patrick's are the GAA club in Tullow who currently compete in the Carlow Junior A Football Championship and have been crowned champions on ten occasions. They also compete in the Carlow Intermediate Hurling Championship.


Parkville United who play at Hawkins Lane Tullow compete in the Carlow premier division and Slaney Rovers who play at Tullow town pitch.


Tullow RFC are the local rugby team. Former Ireland international player Seán O'Brien played with the club.[3]


Emerald Darts are a Darts Academy situated at Floor 1 Post Office Sorting Office (At The Back Of Supervalu) who are the ONLY Darts Academy in Ireland who compete against other Darts Academies worldwide in the Junior Darts Corporation (JDC) grading system affiliated to The Professional Darts Corporation (PDC) and various national tournaments, Kian Cullen represented Emerald Darts in the JDC European Championships in the UK in December 2016. Emerald Darts are proudly sponsored by Unicorn Darts the biggest dart manufacturer in the world.


There is quote in Brendan Behan's Borstal Boy that mentions Tullow: "Littlewood was twenty and married. We thought he was as old as the Hills of Tullow."

Statue of Father John Murphy, Tullow.



The town was at one time connected to the Irish railway network, on a branch line from Naas in County Kildare. Tullow railway station opened on 1 June 1886, closed for passenger and goods traffic in 1947 and finally closed on 1 April 1959.[4]


Bus Éireann route 132 provides a once a day each way (Mondays to Fridays inclusive) commuter link to Dublin via Tallaght. There are also a limited range (usually one/two journeys a day each way) of Bus Éireann Expressway services linking the town to Dublin, New Ross, Waterford and Rosslare Europort. JJ Kavanagh and Sons route from Hacketstown to Carlow also serves the town. The main stopping place for buses is on the Square.


A local weather station operates in Tullow, which records all local weather and provides a five-day local forecast.[5] Tullow recorded the lowest temperature in 2010 at −17.7 °C. It is also based in a basin so the weather patterns are slightly different.


Tullow Oil is one of Europe's largest independent exploration and production companies with worldwide operations.

Notable people[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Sapmap Area: Settlements Tullow". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  2. ^ "An Tulach/Tullow". Placenames Database of Ireland (logainm.ie). Government of Ireland. Retrieved 22 September 2021.
  3. ^ "SEAN O'BRIEN Ireland". ESPN. Retrieved 3 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Tullow station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 24 November 2007.
  5. ^ CarlowWeather.com

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