Surnames/tags: IRISH_ROOTS Northern_Ireland Eire
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Part of the Ireland Project For a selection of sources see the All Ireland Sources page.
- To return or go to the Category for the Counties click here.
- This page is managed by the Irish Roots Counties Team
The Counties Of Ireland
- Please be aware that for the purposes of locational categories, i.e. those defined as places, ALL are categorised under Ireland, Places. This includes all place names, cemeteries, churches, schools, universities, etc.
- The idea of counties was first introduced to Ireland following the Anglo-Norman invasion in the twelfth century. At that time 12 counties were defined in Leinster and Munster. From that time until the mid sixteenth century county borders were not well defined reflecting the weakness of English control during that period. During the reign of Elizabeth 1 the counties o f, Longford, Clare, Galway, Sligo, Mayo, Roscommon, Leitrim, Armagh, Monaghan (1585), Tyrone, Derry , Donegal, Fermanagh (1585), and Cavan were formed. But still the county borders were not very clearly set out. However, improvements in mapping gradually resulted in the counties as we know them today. Wicklow, surveyed and destinguished into a county in 1606, was the last county to be formed
- In Ireland, usage of the word county nearly always comes before rather than after the county name; thus "County Clare" in Ireland as opposed to "Clare County" in Michigan, United States. The former "King's County" and "Queen's County" were exceptions; these are now County Offaly and County Laois, respectively. The abbreviation Co. is used, as in "Co. Clare"
Table of Counties
- In this table the link in the County name takes you to the information page for the county (work in progress by the way). From those pages you will find navigation links to the Parishes and Towns of the selected County. You may also find links in the table below that take you directly to main towns and cities that are mentioned and there are also links to the Provinces.
Creating Geographic Categories linked to Irish Counties
- See the full explanation on the page: Creating Location Categories For Ireland
Navigation to County, Town, Parish etc
- The Civil Parish Space is a central location now for the names of all the towns, population centers and townlands within the Civil Parish. Each County page, accesses from the links above, has a top navigation bar similar to this example: (The underlined ones are NOT links in this example)
|Main Sligo Page
|Sligo Team page
- This system, which is being rolled out to all County Space pages in Ireland, make for very quick navigation around a county.
- The Civil Parishes space has a list of all the categories currently created and spaces pages currently created for all Civil Parishes in the County. The Towns link takes you to the listing of all known Towns and Population centres in the County (based on Logainm.ie) and the Team Pages takes you to the...well Team page of course!
- When you are on a Parish Page there is different navigation top bar:
|Main Sligo Page
|Category for Achonry Parish
|Civil Parishes in County Sligo
If you have any questions about how to create categories please do not hesitate to contact the Categories Team or, for location categories, the Counties Coordinator, who will be happy to help!
Official Placenames in Ireland
- GAZETTEER OF IRELAND (PDF) Names of centres of population and physical features
- The Placenames (Centres of Population and Districts) Order 2005 (PDF)
- Placenames (County Cork) Order 2012 (PDF)
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