County Louth, Ireland Genealogy

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County Louth is named after the village of Louth (Lughbhadh in Irish, some say refers to the Celtic god Lugh) and is located on the eastern coast of Ireland in the province of Leinster. It is affectionaly called “the Wee County,” as it is the smallest county in Ireland. Its length is 29 miles from the boundary a little north of Ravensdale to the boundary south of Drogheda and its breath is only 12 to 13 miles. The area is 316.8 square miles (820.5 sq km).

Prior to the Normans, this County was part of the Kingdom of Oriel. Drogheda, its main town, was founded in 911 by the Norse Vikings. Following the Norman invasion in about 1183, the area was settled by English farmers and it became one of the first four counties established by King John of England in 1210. Louth was controlled by England over most of the following centuries. Many skirmishes and battles involving Irish and English forces occurred in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Oliver Cromwell attacked Drogheda in 1649 slaughtering the Royalist garrison (Siege of Drogheda). Towards the end of the same century the armies of the warring Kings, James and William, faced off in North Louth during the build-up to the Battle of the Boyne - the battle takes its name from the river Boyne which reaches the sea at Drogheda.

In 1821, the County’s population was 119,129 and increased to 128,240 in 1841. During the Great Famine of 1845-1847, the population decreased until it was 107,662 in 1851. The population continued to decrease to 62,739 in 1926. In 2006, the population was 111,267. County Louth is predominately Roman Catholic. In 1891, the percentage of Roman Catholic, Church of Ireland, Presbyterian and Methodist was 91.3%, 6.8%, 1.3% and 0.4%. Overtime, the Roman Catholics stay about the same to 91.6% in 2002, while the Church of Ireland, Presbyterians and Methodists decreased to 1.6%, 0.3% and 0.2%, respectively, with other or no religions increasing to about 3.9%.

General County Research Information

Further information about County Louth is available at the GenUKI site.

Civil Jurisdictions and Parish Research Information

A map of the Civil Parishes of County Louth is available at Irish Times site.

A map of the Civil Parishes of County Louth is available at the Irish Times site. 

Civil Parish - Church of Ireland

Barony Poor Law Union Catholic Parish[1] Catholic Diocese[1]
Ardee Ardee Ardee Ardee Armagh
Ballybarrack Upper Dundalk Dundalk Kilkerley Armagh
Ballyboys Lower Dundalk Dundalk Lordship Armagh
Ballymakenny Drogheda Drogheda part Monasterboice; part Termonfeckin
Ballymakenny Ferrard Drogheda
Ballymascanlan Lower Dundalk Dundalk Lordship
Ballymascanlan Upper Dundalk Dundalk
Barronstown Upper Dundalk Dundalk Kilkerley Armagh
Beaulieu Ferrard Drogheda Termonfeckin Armagh
Cappoge Ardee Ardee Dunleer Armagh
Carlingford Dundalk Lower Dundalk Carlingford ans Cloghenrny
Carlingford Lower Dundalk Dundalk
Carrickbaggot Ferrard Drogheda Clogherhead Armagh
Castletown Lower Dundalk Dundalk Dundalk
Castletown Upper Dundalk Dundalk
Charlestown Ardee Ardee Tallanstown Armagh
Clogher Ferrard Drogheda Clogherhead Armagh
Clonkeehan Louth Ardee Tallanstown Armagh
Clonkeen Ardee Ardee Tallanstown Armagh
Clonmore Ferrard Drogheda Togher Armagh
Collon Ferrard Ardee Collon Armagh
Creggan Upper Dundalk Dundalk Creggan Armagh
Darver Louth Dundalk Darver Armagh
Dromin Ardee Ardee Dunleer Armagh
Dromiskin Louth Dundalk Darver Armagh
Drumcar Ardee Ardee Togher Armagh
Drumshallon Ferrard Drogheda part Monasterboice; part Termonfeckin Armagh
Dunany Ferrard Ardee Togher Armagh
Dunbin Upper Dundalk Dundalk Kilkerley Armagh
Dundalk Upper Dundalk Dundalk Dundalk Armagh
Dunleer Ferrard Ardee Dunleer Armagh
Dysart Ferrard Drogheda Togher Armagh
Faughart Upper Dundalk Dundalk Faughart Armagh
Gernonstown Ardee Ardee Kilsaran Armagh
Haggardstown Upper Dundalk Dundalk Dundalk Armagh
Haynestown Upper Dundalk Dundalk Kilkerley Armagh
Inishkeen Louth Dundalk Inishkeen Armagh
Inishkeen Upper Dundalk Dundalk
Kane Upper Dundalk Dundalk Dundalk Armagh
Kildemock Ardee Ardee Ardee Armagh
Killanny Ardee Dundalk Louth Armagh
Killincoole Louth Dundalk Darver Armagh
Kilsaran Ardee Ardee Kilsarin Armagh
Louth Ardee Dundalk Louth Armagh
Louth Louth Ardee
Louth Louth Dundalk
Louth Upper Dundalk Dundalk
Mansfieldstown Louth Ardee Darver Armagh
Mapastown Ardee Ardee Ardee Armagh
Marlestown Ferrard Drogheda Dunleer Armagh
Mayne Ferrard Drogheda Clogherhead Armagh
Monasterboice Ferrard Drogheda Monasterboice Armagh
Mosstown Ardee Ardee Dunleer Armagh
Mullary Ferrard Ardee Monaterboice
Mullary Ferrard Drogheda
Parsonstown Ferrard Drogheda Clogherhead Armagh
Philipstown (Ardee) Ardee Ardee Tallanstown Armagh
Philipstown (Ferrard) Ferrard Drogheda Drogheda Armagh
Philipstown (Upper Dundalk) Upper Dundalk Dundalk Kilkerley (Haggardstown/Blackrock) Armagh
Port Ferrard Drogheda Togher Armagh
Rathdrumin Ferrard Drogheda Clogherhead Armagh
Richardstown Ardee Ardee Dunleer Armagh
Roche Upper Dundalk Dundalk Dundalk; part Faughert Armagh
Salterstown Ferrard Ardee Togher Armagh
Shanlis Ardee Ardee Ardee Armagh
Smarmore Ardee Ardee Ardee Armagh
St. Mary's Drogheda, Muni. Borough of Drogheda Drogheda Armagh
St. Peter's Drogheda Drogheda Drogheda Armagh
St. Peter's Drogheda and Muni. Borough Drogheda
Stabannan Ardee Ardee Kilsaran Armagh
Stickillin Ardee Ardee Ardee Armagh
Tallanstown Ardee Ardee Tallanstown Armagh
Termonfeckin Ferrard Drogheda Termonfeckin Armagh
Tullyallen Ferrard Drogheda Tullyallen; Kilichel; Donoghmore and Killishall; Mellifont
Tullyallen Ferrard & Muni. Borough of Drogheda Drogheda


1885 County Map: Courtesy of London Ancestor


collected by Ffolliott, Rosemary. Some Game Licences of 1802. A list of names, places of abode who took out Certificates of Game Licences issued in 1802, covering Counties Armagh, Clare, Down, Kilkenny, Louth and Tipperary. Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol.VIII. no.1. 1976. pages 35-47, Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i v7-8.

collected by Ffolliott, Rosemary.  Co. Louth Game Licences in 1813.  List taken from Drogheda Journal 23 October 1813 gives 122 names and residences.  Article in The Irish Ancestor, vol. XII, no. 2, pages 87-89. Family History Library Ref. 941.5 B2i, vol. X11 no. 2, 1980.

 Web Sites

To view a list of Louth web sites, visit for some great sites.

  1. 1.0 1.1 Ryan, James G. Irish Records: sources for family and local history. USA:, 1997. FHL 941.5 D23r