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County map of Ireland

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Free county map of Ireland

Map of the 32 counties of Ireland. Click map for a larger view.
County map of Ireland.
This county map of Ireland shows all 32 counties on the island. It makes no distinction between the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland. See the right-hand column for lists of the respective counties for each.

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The names of the counties are those in modern use. And they are referred to individually with the word 'county' coming before the name, not after.

So, if your ancestors came from Clare, they would have said they came from County Clare, not from Clare County.

The only exceptions were 'King's County' and 'Queen's County' which have now reverted to their former names of County Offaly and County Laois respectively.

Chapman Codes

Chapman Codes – a three-letter abbreviation or code for each county in the UK and Ireland – were introduced in the 1970s.

They are not used much in the general run of life these days, and they are not accepted as an address device by either An Post in the Republic or the Royal Mail in Northern Ireland.

However, you may come across them in your genealogy research, so it's worth familiarising yourself with the code for the county where your ancestors lived.

Wikipedia has a full list.

Alphabetical list of counties

You can also find out more about each of the Irish counties on these pages:

These pages provide a little extra social and historical information about each of the counties.

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Facts about Irish counties

  • Largest land area: Cork
  • Smallest land area: Louth
  • First to form a county: Dublin (12th century)
  • Last county formed: Wicklow (1606)
  • Most densely populated 2011: Dublin (1378/sqkm). In second place is Antrim (202/sqkm)
  • Least densely populated 2011: Leitrim (19.9/sqkm). In second place is Mayo (23.3/sqkm)
  • Most densely populated 1841: Dublin (405/sqkm)
  • Least densely populated 1841: Doneqal (61/sqkm)
  • Largest population increase (%) 2006-2011: Leitrim was recorded as the fastest growing county with a 20% increase. The next fastest was Cavan, 13.9% up.
  • Largest population increase (numerical) 2006-2011: The number of people in County Cork grew by 10.3%.
  • Largest decrease in city dwellers: Limerick City's population fell by 5% between 2006 and 2011.
  • Just under 28% of the population of the Republic of Ireland lives in County Dublin.
  • The six counties of Northern Ireland (UK) are Antrim, Armagh, Derry-Londonderry, Down, Fermanagh and Tyrone.
  • The 26 counties of the Republic of Ireland are Carlow, Cavan, Clare, Cork, Donegal, Dublin, Galway, Kerry, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Leitrim, Limerick, Longford, Louth, Mayo, Meath, Monaghan, Offaly, Roscommon, Sligo, Tipperary, Waterford, Westmeath, Wexford and Wicklow.

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