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County Waterford
Contae Phort Láirge
Coat of arms of County Waterford
Motto: Déisi oc Declán co Bráth  (Irish)
"May the Déise remain with Declan forever"
Location
Map highlighting County Waterford
Statistics
Province: Munster
County seat: Dungarvan
Code: WD
Area: 1,837 km2 (709 sq mi)
Population (2006) 107,961
Website: www.waterfordcoco.ie

County Waterford (Irish: Contae Phort Láirge) is one of the traditional counties of Ireland and is located within the province of Munster. It was named after the city of Waterford (which derives from the Old Norse name Veðrafjǫrðr or Vedrarfjord). Dungarvan is the administrative centre of County Waterford.

Waterford is the 21st largest of Ireland’s 32 counties in area and 20th largest in terms of population[1]. It is the smallest of Munster’s 6 counties in size and smallest in terms of population.

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Cities, towns and villages

  • Abbeyside (Dún na Mainistreach), Affane (Ádh Mheán), Aglish (An Eaglais), Annestown (Bun Abha), An Rinn (Rinn Ua gCuanach), Ardmore (Ard Mhór)
  • Ballinacourty (Baile na Cúirte), Ballinameela (Baile na Míolach), Ballinamult (Béal na Molt), Ballinroad (Baile an Rodaigh), Ballybeg (An Baile Beag), Ballybricken (Baile Bhricín), Ballyduff Lower (Baile Uí Dhuibh), Ballyduff Upper (An Baile Dubh), Ballydurn (Baile Uí Dhoirn), Ballygunner (Baile Mhic Gonair), Ballylaneen (Baile Uí Fhlaithnín), Ballymacarbry (Baile Mhic Cairbre), Ballymacart (Baile Mhic Airt), Ballynaneashagh (Baile na nDéiseach), Ballysaggart (Baile na Sagart), Ballytruckle (Baile Throcail), Bilberry (Carraig na bhFraochán), Bunmahon (Bun Machan), Butlerstown (Baile an Bhuitléaraigh)
  • Cappoquin (Ceapach Choinn), Carrickbeg (An Charraig Bheag), Carriglea (An Charraig Liath), Cheekpoint (Pointe na Síge), Clashmore (Clais Mhór), Clonea-Power (Cluain Fhia-de Paor), Clonea Strand (Trá Chluain Fhia), Colligan (An Choilleagáin), Coolnasmear (Cúil na Sméar), Crooke (An Crúc)
  • Dungarvan (Dún Garbhán), Dunhill (Dún Aill), Dunmore East (Dún Mór)
  • Faha (An Fhaiche), Faithlegg (Faiche Liag), Fenor (Fionnúir), Ferrybank (Port Mór), Fews (Feá), Fourmilewater (Caisleán Cuanach)
  • Glencairn (Bhaile an Gharráin), Grange (An Ghráinsigh)
  • Helvick Head ( Ceann Heilbhic)
  • Kilbrien (Cill Bhriain), Kilgobinet (Cill Ghobnait), Kill (An Chill), Killea (Cill Aodha), Kilmacthomas (Coill Mhic Thómáisín), Kilmanahan (Cill Mainchín), Kilmeaden (Cill Mhíodáin), Kilrossanty (Cill Rosanta), Kilwatermoy (Cill Uachtar Maí), Kinsalebeg (Baile an Phoill), Knockanore (Cnoc an Óir)
  • Lemybrien (Léim Uí Bhriain), Lisduggan (Lios Dúgáin), Lismore (Lios Mór Mochuda)
  • Mahon Bridge (Droichead na Machan), Mine Head (Mionn Ard), Modeligo (Maigh Dheilge), Mothel (Maothail), Mount Congreve (Bruachaill), Mount Mellaray (Cnoc Mheilearaí)
  • Newtown (An Baile Nua)
  • Old Parish (An Sean Phobal)
  • Passage East (An Phasáiste), Portlaw (Port Lách)
  • Rathgormack (Ráth Ó gCormaic)
  • Sliabh gCua (Sliabh gCua), Stradbally (An tSráidbhaile)
  • Tallow (Tulach an Iarainn), Tramore (Trá Mhór), Touraneena (Tuar an Fhíona), Tourin (An Tuairín), Tycor (An Tigh Corr)
  • Waterford (Port Láirge), Whitechurch (An Teampall Geal), Whiting Bay (Béal Abha), Woodstown (Ceann Chnoc Mhilis)
  • Villierstown (An Baile Nua)

Geography

County Waterford has two mountain ranges, the Knockmealdown Mountains and the Comeragh Mountains. The highest point in the county is Knockmealdown, at 794m. It also has many rivers, including Ireland's third longest river, the River Suir (184 km); and Ireland's fourth longest river, the Munster Blackwater (168 km). There are over 30[citation needed] beaches along Waterford's volcanic[citation needed] coast line. A large stretch of this coastline, known as the Copper Coast has been designated as a UNESCO Geopark, a place of great geological importance. The area around (An Rinn) is a Gaeltacht, an Irish-speaking area.

Déise

County Waterford is known locally as "The Déise" (An Déise). Some time between the 4th and 8th centuries, a tribe of native Gaelic people called the Déisi were driven from the southern parts of the country, conquering and settling here. The ancient principality of the Déise is today roughly coterminous with the current Roman Catholic Diocese of Waterford and Lismore. The Deise has a rich history from megalithic tombs and ogham stones, to Vikings, to remnants of English occupancy, including the Gaulstown dolmen, Reginalds Tower and the Ballysaggartmore Towers respectively. The people that live in the Déise today are known to thrive on Irish traditions such as hurling and gaelic football and Irish traditional music. The westernmost of the baronies of county Waterford are "Decies within Drum" and "Decies without Drum", separated by the Drum-Fineen hills.[8]

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References

  1. ^ Corry, Eoghan (2005). The GAA Book of Lists. Hodder Headline Ireland. pp. 186–191. 
  2. ^ For 1653 and 1659 figures from Civil Survey Census of those years, Paper of Mr Hardinge to Royal Irish Academy March 14, 1865.
  3. ^ Census for post 1821 figures.
  4. ^ http://www.histpop.org
  5. ^ http://www.nisranew.nisra.gov.uk/census
  6. ^ Lee, JJ (1981). "On the accuracy of the Pre-famine Irish censuses". in Goldstrom, J. M.; Clarkson, L. A.. Irish Population, Economy, and Society: Essays in Honour of the Late K. H. Connell. Oxford, England: Clarendon Press. 
  7. ^ Mokyr, Joel; O Grada, Cormac (November), "New Developments in Irish Population History, 1700-1850", The Economic History Review Volume 37 (Issue 4): 473–488, doi:10.1111/j.1468-0289.1984.tb00344.x, http://www3.interscience.wiley.com/journal/120035880/abstract 
  8. ^ Egan, P.M. (20 November 2004) [1893]. "Early Waterford History 2. The Decies". History of Waterford. http://www.waterfordcountymuseum.org/exhibit/web?task=Display&art_id=184&pagenum=2. Retrieved 2008-02-23. 

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Coordinates: 52°15′N 7°30′W / 52.25°N 7.5°W / 52.25; -7.5

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Travel guide

Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikitravel

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Waterford is a county in Southeast Ireland.

  • Visit Dunmore East,, a beautiful fishing village, situated about 11 miles from the city. It is well known for its annual Bluegrass festival that is well worth the visit. Great pubs, restaurants and friendly people and the well known blaa (bread) is worth tasting.
  • Take a tour of the Waterford Crystal factory in Waterford
  • Visit Tramore. A seaside town nestled in the sunny southeast of Ireland about 5 miles from Waterford city. There is excellent accomodation, a vibrant night-life, fine dining, an amusement park and a three mile long sandy beach. Tramore is situated along the route of the Southeast Coastal drive.

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Go hillwalking in the Comeragh Mountains. The Comeragh Mountains Walking Festival is held every October and is centred on the Nire Valley in west Waterford. Experienced local guides are available and there are a range of routes including tough and gentler walks and a number of short and easy walks suitable for beginners.

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County Waterford
Contae Phort Láirge
Coat of arms of County Waterford
Location
centerMap highlighting County Waterford
Statistics
Province: Munster
County Town: Waterford
Code: WD
Area: 1,837 km²
Population (2002) 113,241
Website: www.waterfordcoco.ie

County Waterford (Irish: Contae Phort Láirge ) is a county in the province of Munster on the south coast of Ireland. Administratively, the city of Waterford is a county-level authority. Dungarvan is the administrative centre for the rest of the county.

Cities, towns and villages in County Waterford include:

The Déise

County Waterford is known locally as "The Decies" (An Déise). Sometime between the 4th and 8th centuries, a tribe of native Gaelic people called the Déisi were driven from the southern parts of the country, conquering and settling here. The ancient principality of the Déise is today roughly coterminous with the current Diocese of Waterford and Lismore.

The Deise region has two mountain ranges, rivers and lakes and over 30 beaches along a volcanic coast line. It is one of the few regions in Ireland with a Gaeltacht, an area with native Irish speaking people. The Deise has a rich history from megalithic tombs and ogham stones, to Vikings, to remnants of English occupancy, including the Gaulstown Dolmen, Reginalds Tower and The Ballysaggartmore Towers respectively.

The people that live in the Deise today are known to thrive on Irish traditions such as hurling and eating blaas (a type of floury bread roll, unique to the region).

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