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This article refers to the county of Fingal in the Republic of Ireland. For other uses of the name, see Fingal (disambiguation).
County Fingal
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Fingal shown within the Greater Dublin Area

Area: 448.07 km²
Capital: Swords
Code: FL (Pending)
Population: 196,413 (2002)
Province: Leinster

Fingal (Fine Gall in Irish, meaning "fair (headed) foreigners", i.e. Norsemen) is a county of the Republic of Ireland, part of the former historic county of Dublin. The county was established on 1 January, 1994 with the division of County Dublin into three new administrative counties, and covers the coastal area north of City of Dublin along the Irish Sea and south of the River Delvin to the River Liffey, and is is bordered by the counties of Meath, Kildare and South Dublin.

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Fingal County Crest

The heraldic crest for Fingal reads "Flúirse Talaimh is Mara" meaning "Abundance of Land and Water". The motto reflects the strong farming and fishing ties historically associated with the area. It also features a Viking longboat, which represents the arrival of the Norse in Fingal, where they became integrated with the existing Irish.

The area of Fingal, which had been recognised in various historical accounts throughout the middle ages (most notably the Annals of the Four Masters), achieved county status through the Local Government (Dublin) Act, 1993 and more formally in the Local Government Act, 2001. Fingal County Council, the administrative authority, inherited the former Dublin County Council premises on O'Connell Street, as no suitable building was available within the county at the time. However, this gave it the unusual status of having its county council offices significantly outside the county, O'Connell Street being in the Dublin City Council area. In 2001, the council moved its main offices to a new building in Swords.

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The Skerries Mills in Fingal

Fingal is Ireland’s primary horticultural region, producing 50% of the national vegetable output and 75% of all glasshouse crops grown in the country. However, the areas of production are coming under severe pressure from other development and the rural towns are increasingly becoming dormitories for the City. Howth harbour is the biggest fishing harbour on the east coast and the fifth largest in the country.

Fingal itself is the fifth largest local government area in Ireland by population. The main urban center in Fingal is Swords with other important centres at Balbriggan, Blanchardstown, Castleknock, Howth, Malahide and Mulhuddart. The Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown and Dublin International Airport are located within the county.

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

Fingal towns and villages


External link: Fingal Web Portal (http://www.fingal.ie)

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