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Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown[2] (Irish: Dún Laoghaire–Ráth an Dúin) is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Dublin Region
Dublin Region
in the province of Leinster. It is named after the former borough of Dún Laoghaire and the barony of Rathdown. Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county was 218,018 at the time of the 2016 census.[1]

Contents

1 Geography and political subdivisions

1.1 Towns, villages and suburbs

2 Terminology and etymology

2.1 County insignia

3 Local government and politics 4 Demographics 5 Transport 6 Footnotes 7 External links

Geography and political subdivisions[edit] Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
is bordered to the east by the Irish Sea, to the north by the local government area of Dublin
Dublin
City Council, to the west by the county of South Dublin
South Dublin
and to the south by County Wicklow. University College Dublin
University College Dublin
and Dún Laoghaire
Dún Laoghaire
Institute of Art, Design and Technology are located in the county. It is one of four entities that comprise the " Dublin
Dublin
Region": the three smaller counties into which County Dublin
County Dublin
was divided in 1994, which along with the city of Dublin. Located to the south-east of the capital city of Dublin, the county town of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
is Dún Laoghaire. It was created in 1994 by merging the areas under the jurisdiction of the Corporation of Dún Laoghaire
Dún Laoghaire
and the south-eastern part of the former Dublin
Dublin
County Council. Additionally, the powers of the former Deansgrange
Deansgrange
Joint Burial Board were subsumed into the new authority. Since 2015, the county lies within the Eastern & Midland Regional Authority, one of three such subdivisions of the state. Towns, villages and suburbs[edit] See also: List of townlands of County Dublin

Ballinteer Ballybrack Ballyogan Blackrock Booterstown Belfield Bray Cabinteely Carrickmines Cherrywood Churchtown Clonskeagh Dalkey Deansgrange Dundrum Dún Laoghaire Foxrock Goatstown Glasthule Glenageary Glencullen Johnstown Killiney Kilmacud Kilternan Leopardstown Loughlinstown Monkstown Mount Merrion Rathfarnham Sandyford Sandycove Sallynoggin Shankill Stepaside Stillorgan Ticknock

Terminology and etymology[edit] The name Rathdown is an anglicisation of the Irish "Ráth an Dúin", meaning "ring-fort of the fort" and Dún Laoghaire
Dún Laoghaire
means "Laoghaire's fort"[3]. In Ireland the word "County" has traditionally come before rather than after the county's name: thus "County Clare" in Ireland as opposed to "Clare County" in Michigan, US. However, the counties created after 1994 often drop the word "County" entirely or use it after the name: for example, internet search engines show many more uses on Irish sites of "Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown" than of either "County Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown" or " Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown
County". There appears to be no official guidance on the matter and the local authority uses all three forms.[4] There is no "Rathdown" town in the county. The modern county follows virtually the same divisions as the medieval half-barony of Rathdown, a subdivision of County Dublin. While it is the smallest county in Ireland in terms of area, it is also the county with the longest name. Furthermore, the official legal name of the county, in English, is spelt without a síneadh fada on the "u" in the Irish-language part of the name, "Dún Laoghaire"[5] (although the current style within the county council is to use the síneadh fada on the name in both Irish and English).[6] The reason for this[citation needed] is that the titles of the new Dublin
Dublin
county councils were never examined at committee stage in the Houses of the Oireachtas, and were last altered under the 1991 Local Government Act which was rushed into effect. Both parliamentary debates and Dublin County Council’s own reorganisation report published in 1992 concluded that the name Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown was "unacceptable". A one-year proviso contained in the 1993 Local Government (Dublin) Act for changing the name of the county at local level was allowed to expire by the new council. The legislation permits the elected members of the council to make representations for additional legislation altering the name of the county. County insignia[edit] The motto on the insignia of the County Council reads, Ó Chuan go Sliabh, Irish for "From Harbour to Mountain". The crown in the device is that of King Lóegaire mac Néill
Lóegaire mac Néill
(Laoghaire, the High King of Ireland in the fifth century, who resided in the area). Local government and politics[edit]

Dún Laoghaire
Dún Laoghaire
Town Hall

Main article: Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council
Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown County Council
is the local authority for the county. There are six Local Electoral Areas (LEAs) for the county which return a total of 40 councillors as follows: Killiney-Shankill (6), Blackrock (6), Dundrum (7), Dún Laoghaire
Dún Laoghaire
(8), "Glencullen/Sandyford" (7), Stillorgan
Stillorgan
(6). In 1986, the "administrative county" of Dublin
Dublin
was divided into three "electoral counties": Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown, Dublin
Dublin
— Fingal, and Dublin
Dublin
— Belgard.[7] In 1994, Dublin
Dublin
County Council and the Corporation of Dún Laoghaire
Dún Laoghaire
were abolished and the three electoral counties became "administrative counties", named Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown, Fingal, and South Dublin
South Dublin
respectively.[8] In 2001, the "administrative counties" were redesignated as simply "counties". The three counties together with Dublin
Dublin
city constitute the Dublin Region. The label "County Dublin" continues to be used informally for this area (the city has been administered separately from County Dublin
Dublin
since 1548). For elections to Dáil Éireann, the county is split between the constituencies of Dún Laoghaire
Dún Laoghaire
(4 representatives) and Dublin Rathdown (3 representatives), with the division generally running along the N11. These constituencies currently have four Fine Gael
Fine Gael
TDs, one Green Party TD, one Solidarity–People Before Profit TD and one Independent TD. The Dublin
Dublin
region forms the Dublin
Dublin
constituency in European Parliament elections. Demographics[edit]

Main immigrant groups, 2016[9]

Nationality Population

 United Kingdom 11,927

 Poland 3,120

 United States 2,181

 India 1,919

 Philippines 1,325

 China 1,223

 France 1,178

 Spain 1,024

 Romania 953

 Germany 926

Transport[edit] The Dublin
Dublin
Area Rapid Transit system runs through the eastern coast of the county and connects to Dublin
Dublin
city centre to the north as well as other points north and south on the Iarnród Éireann
Iarnród Éireann
railway system, with connections to Intercity trains. The green Luas
Luas
line runs through the centre of the county. There is a medium-sized harbour at Dún Laoghaire, with now discontinued ferry crossings to and from Holyhead
Holyhead
in North Wales; this was a popular route for tourists travelling across the Irish Sea
Irish Sea
from Britain. This service was suspended indefinitely in September 2014. Footnotes[edit]

^ a b "Sapmap Area - County - Dún Laoghaire-Rathdown". Census 2016. CSO. 2016. Retrieved 17 January 2018.  ^ Electoral Amendment Act 2009 – Schedule ^ "Administrative County - Dún Laoghaire-Ráth an Dúin". Logainm. Placenames Commission. Retrieved 13 October 2017.  ^ Fingal
Fingal
County Council website, where (apart from references to the Council itself) both " Fingal
Fingal
County" and "County Fingal" appear, but much less frequently than "Fingal" alone. ^ Local Government (Dublin) Act, 1993 - Section 9 (2c) ^ DLRcoco.ie Archived 29 December 2005 at the Wayback Machine. ^ "Local Government (Reorganisation) Act, 1985, Section 12". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 14 February 2014.  "S.I. No. 400/1993 - Local Government (Dublin) Act, 1993 Commencement Order, 1993." Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 14 February 2014.  ^ "S.I. No. 400/1993 - Local Government (Dublin) Act, 1993 Commencement Order, 1993." Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 14 February 2014.  "Local Government (Dublin) Act, 1993". Irish Statute Book. Retrieved 14 February 2014.  ^ http://www.cso.ie/px/pxeirestat/Statire/SelectVarVal/define.asp?MainTable=E7050&ProductID=DB_E7&PLanguage=0&Tabstrip=&PXSId=0&SessID=7827795&FF=1&tfrequency=1

External links[edit]

Wikimedia Commons has media related to County of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.

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Places in Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown

County town: Dún Laoghaire

Villages and suburbs

Ballinteer Ballybrack Blackrock Booterstown Cabinteely Carrickmines Cherrywood Churchtown Dalkey Deansgrange Dún Laoghaire Dundrum Foxrock Goatstown Glasthule Glenageary Glencullen Johnstown Killiney Kilmacud Kilternan Leopardstown Loughlinstown Monkstown Rathfarnham Sandyford Sandycove Sallynoggin Shankill Stepaside Stillorgan

Category:Mountains and hills of County Dublin Category:Rivers of County Dublin Category:Geography of Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown

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Counties of Ireland

The counties are listed per province

 Connacht

Galway Leitrim Mayo Roscommon Sligo

 Leinster

Carlow Dublin

Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown Fingal South Dublin

Kildare Kilkenny Laois Longford Louth Meath Offaly Westmeath Wexford Wicklow

 Munster

Clare Cork Kerry Limerick Tipperary Waterford

 Ulster

Antrim† Armagh† Cavan Donegal Down† Fermanagh† Londonderry† Monaghan Tyrone†

Italics denote non-administrative counties. Brackets denote non-traditional counties. †denotes non-administrative counties of Northern Ireland

Coordinates: 53°18′00″N 6°08′24″W / 53.30000°N 6.14000°W / 53.300

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