County Down

county of Northern Ireland

County Down, (Contae an Dúin in Irish - meaning the Fort) is one of six counties that form Northern Ireland, and one of the nine counties of the ancient province of Ulster

County Down
Irish: Contae an Dúin
Coontie Doon / Countie Doun
Coat of arms of County Down
Absque Labore Nihil  (Latin)
"Nothing Without Labour"
Location of County Down
Coordinates: 54°12′28″N 5°53′29″W / 54.2079°N 5.8913°W / 54.2079; -5.8913
CountryUnited Kingdom
RegionNorthern Ireland
County seatDownpatrick
 • Total945 sq mi (2,448 km2)
 • Rank12th
 • Rank4th
Contae an Dúin is the Irish name, Countie Doun[1] and Coontie Doon[2] are Ulster Scots spellings.

The county forms an area of 2,448 km² (945 square miles). The estimated population in 1992 was 416,600, a more recent approximation puts it at about 516,000.[source?] The county town is Downpatrick, and the largest town is Bangor.

References change

  1. 2008 Annual Report in Ulster Scots North-South Ministerial Council.
  2. 2006 Annual Report in Ulster Scots Archived 2013-02-27 at the Wayback Machine North-South Ministerial Council.

Further reading change

  • Harris, Walter (attributed). 1744. The Ancient and Present Stare of the County of Down...'Dublin.
  • The Memoirs of John M. Regan, a Catholic Officer in the RIC and RUC, 1909–48, Joost Augusteijn, editor, District Inspector, Co. Down 1930s, 1919, ISBN 978-1-84682-069-4.

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