Carlow

Carlow (/ˈkɑːrl/ KAR-loh; Irish: Ceatharlach) is the county town of County Carlow, in the south-east of Ireland, 84 km (52 mi) from Dublin. At the 2016 census, it had a combined urban and rural population of 24,272.[3]

A map of Carlow

Carlow
Ceatharlach
Town
From top left: Carlow Castle, Tullow Street, Carlow Courthouse, Town Hall
Carlow
Location in Ireland
Carlow
Carlow (Europe)
Coordinates: 52.8306°N 6.9317°W / 52.8306; -6.9317
CountryIreland
ProvinceLeinster
CountyCounty Carlow
Dáil ÉireannCarlow–Kilkenny
Government
  TypeCarlow Municipal District
  MayorAndrea Dalton
Area
  Total11.8 km2 (4.6 sq mi)
Elevation
57 m (187 ft)
Population
 (2016)[3]
  Total24,272
  Rank13th
  Density2,100/km2 (5,300/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC±0 (WET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST)
Eircode routing key
R93
Telephone area code+353(0)59
Irish Grid ReferenceS724771
Websitewww.carlow.ie

The River Barrow flows through the town and forms the historic boundary between counties Laois and Carlow. However, the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898 included the town entirely in County Carlow. The settlement of Carlow is thousands of years old and pre-dates written Irish history. The town has played a major role in Irish history, serving as the capital of the country in the 14th century.