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Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown

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Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown
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Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown shown within the Greater Dublin Area

Area: 127.31 km²
Capital: Dún Laoghaire
Code: DR (Pending)
Population: 191,792 (2002)
Province: Leinster

Dun Laoghaire–Rathdown1 (Irish: Dún Laoghaire–Ráth an Dúin) is a county in the Republic of Ireland which forms part of the now historical county of Dublin. Dun Laoghaire is located to the south-east of the City of Dublin, and has its administrative centre in the town of Dún Laoghaire. In 1994, the area of the Corporation of Dún Laoghaire, the Deansgrange Joint Burial Board and the south-east part of County Dublin were merged to create the county of Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown.

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Dun Laoghaire Rathdown County Crest

The motto on the heraldic crest for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown reads "Ó Chuan go Sliabh" meaning "From the Harbour to the Mountain". The crown in the shield is that of King Laoghaire, the High King of Ireland in the fifth century, who resided in the area.

The six Local Electoral Areas (LEAs) or wards for Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown County Council divide up the election of its 28 councillors as follows: Ballybrack (6), Blackrock (4), Dundrum (6), Dún Laoghaire (6), Glencullen (3), Stillorgan (3).

The Dublin Area Rapid Transit system runs through the eastern coast of the county and connects to the centre to the north as well as other points north and south on the Iarnród Éireann railway system with connections to Intercity.

There is a medium sized ferry port at Dún Laoghaire which has ferry crossings to and from Holyhead in North Wales; this is a popular route for tourists travelling across the Irish Sea from Great Britain. With the advent of faster boats, day trips have become more popular using the Dún Laoghaire port.

Dún Laoghaire is becoming popular with young people because of the cinema and shops situated there, other important centres in the county include Dalkey, Dundrum, Glenageary, Killiney and Sandyford.

Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown is bordered by the Irish Sea and Dublin City, as well as the counties of South Dublin and Wicklow.

As of April 2005, the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown county boundary now appears on all Ordnance Survey Ireland "Discovery Series" (3rd edition) national maps, and from 2006 onwards Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown will be portrayed on these maps with full county status. The county is considered part of the "Greater Dublin Area".

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Footnote

  1. This is the official legal name of the council area in English (spelt without a síneadh fada on the "u" in "Dún Laoghaire").

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