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Carlow

Carlow is one of the twenty-six counties in the Republic of Ireland.

It is in in the province of Leinster.

It has an area of approximately 346 sq miles.

It has a population of approximately 51,000.

It is the second smallest county in Ireland.

County Carlow was established in 1306.

The county town of Carlow is Carlow.

The Irish name for Carlow is Ceatharlach meaning Four Lakes. No traces of the lakes remain.

Captain Myles Keogh, killed at the battle of the Little Big Horn, was born in Leighlinbridge, Co. Carlow.

His horse, Commanche, was the only survivor of the battle.

Carlow has never won an All-Ireland Senior Hurling Title.

Carlow has never won an All-Ireland Senior Football Title.

Carlow is also the birthplace of Samuel Haughton who devised the Standard Drop.

The Standard Drop is the distance a person being hanged should fall in order to ensure immediate death.

Lt Kevin Gleeson who was killed during the Niemba ambush in The Congo was from Carlow.

Carlow has the first Catholic Church built after Catholic Emancipation.

Carlow is known as the Dolmen County.

Carlow is bordered by five counties.

These are Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois, Wexford, and Wicklow.

 

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