County Monaghan

County Monaghan (/ˈmɒnəhən/ MON-ə-hən;[3] Irish: Contae Mhuineacháin) is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Border Region and is in the province of Ulster. It is named after the town of Monaghan. Monaghan County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county was 61,386 according to the 2016 census.[2]

County Monaghan
Contae Mhuineacháin
Nickname(s): 
The Drumlin County
Motto(s): 
Dúthracht agus Dícheall  (Irish)
"Diligence and Best Endeavour"
CountryIreland
ProvinceUlster
Dáil ÉireannCavan–Monaghan
EU ParliamentMidlands–North-West
Established1607[1]
County townMonaghan
Government
  TypeCounty Council
Area
  Total1,295 km2 (500 sq mi)
Area rank28th
Highest elevation373 m (1,224 ft)
Population
 (2016)[2]
  Total61,386
  Rank28th
  Density47/km2 (120/sq mi)
Time zoneUTC±0 (WET)
  Summer (DST)UTC+1 (IST)
Eircode routing keys
A75, A81, H18, H23 (primarily)
Telephone area codes047 (primarily)
Vehicle index
mark code
MN
Websitewww.monaghan.ie

The county has existed since 1585, when the Mac Mathghamhna rulers of Airgíalla agreed to join the Kingdom of Ireland. Following the 20th-century Irish War of Independence and the signing of the Anglo-Irish Treaty, Monaghan was one of three Ulster counties to join the Irish Free State rather than Northern Ireland.