Irish Name: an Lù - "after Lugh, an Irish god"
County Town: Dundalk
Nickname: The Wee County
GAA Colors: Red and White
Famous People with Louth roots: The Corrs, John O'Reilly, John Foster, Henry Boylan, Dorothy MacArdle, Paul Vincent Carroll, Sir Leopold McClintock, Thomas D'Arcy McGee
Situated half way between the two biggest cities in Ireland, Belfast and Dublin, lies the smallest county in Ireland, Louth. The 'Wee County' as it is affectionately known to the Irish is beautifully situated on the North East coats of the island with its long, beautiful beaches stretching away from the towering Mountains of Mourne to the North.
Carlingford Lough is one of Ireland's most famous lakes with breathtaking scenery stretching even to the Isle of Man across the Irish Sea. The rugged mountains that tower over the town provide splendid country for hill walking and cater to those in search of the perfect view. Nearby, situated along the Lough is the Tain Holiday Village a 10-acre site with all sorts of water and adventure activities for the whole family and a wide choice of accommodation.
From Carlingford one can strike out along the 40 km Tain Way bringing the visitor though the wild and romantic Cooley Peninsula. But if shopping or something more relaxing is what you're after Louth's two biggest towns, Drogheda and Dundalk can see to your needs.
One of Ireland's oldest ands most historical towns Drogheda traces its history back to 1194. Drogheda is associated with an extraordinary number of significant events in the history of Ireland - The Battle of the Boyne, St Oliver Plunkett, Poynings Law, Cromwell's Siege and the surrender of the Irish Chieftains to the English King. These days though the town is far more relaxed and the pleasant streets of Drogheda are home to many fine bars and restaurants.
Ardee and Dundalk provide alternative bases from which to explore the county but whichever one a guest choose he or she can be assured of a warm reception. Louth's unique situation between the two biggest cities in Ireland has bred a tradition of hospitality into the very ground. The war and friendly atmosphere will be unmistakable wherever you go in the county.
With its mix of the modern and the mythic, the urban and the unusual Louth becomes more and more attractive to visitors with each passing year. Convenient to the big cities and with accommodation to suit every budget a visit is highly recommended.
Common Surnames in Louth: Byrne, Kelly, Murphy, Smith, Clarke, Duffy, McArdle and Reilly
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