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In 1887, John Bartholomew's Gazetteer of the British Isles described County Carlow like this:

Carlow.-- Inland co. of Leinster province, and, with the exception of Louth, the smallest co. in Ireland; is surrounded by cos. Kildare, Wicklow, Wexford, Kilkenny, and Queen's co.; greatest length, N. and S., 33 miles; greatest breadth, E. and W., 20 miles; average breadth, 10 miles; area, 221,344 ac. ...


(498 water), or a little over 1 per cent. of the total area of Ireland; pop. 46,568,88.5 per cent. of whom are Roman Catholics, 10.8 Protestant Episcopalians, 0.2 Presbyterians, and 0.3 Methodists. Nearly the whole surface is flat or gently undulating. The Comer Hills (1047 ft.) occupy a small part of the NW., while the Blackstairs Mountains (2409 ft.) and Mount Leinster (2610 ft.) rise on the SE. boundary. The rivers are the Barrow with its affluent the Burren, and the Slaney with its affluent the Derreen. Limestone is abundant, and marble is quarried. The soil is generally very rich, and well adapted for pasture or tillage. (For agricultural statistics, see Appendix.) The co. comprises 7 bars.-- Carlow, Forth, Idrone (East and West), Rathvilly, St Mullin's (Lower and Upper); 35 pars., and parts of 12 other pars.; and the towns of Carlow (the greater part of) and Bagenalstown. It returns 1 member to Parliament.

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How to reference this page:

GB Historical GIS / University of Portsmouth, History of County Carlow | Map and description for the county, A Vision of Ireland through Time.

URL: http://www.visionofireland.org/place/20026

Date accessed: 31st July 2021


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