WWN Guide To Louth

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READ on for our indispensable guide to the ‘wee county’:

Well known throughout the country as the ‘wee county’, Louth briefly changed that name to the ‘gee county’ after a significant influx of trafficked Eastern European sex workers in the early 2000s.

The Cooley Mountains, which are located in the North East part of Louth didn’t always go by its current name. Originally called simply ‘the Mountains’, a Louth councillor by the name of Martin Comerford made the decision to change the name in 1993 after becoming fond of the slang word ‘cooley’, an impossibly uncool alternative to ‘cool’ which was even less popular than ‘rapid’, ‘rad’ and ‘narly’. Comerford was kicked off the council for his moment of madness, but the name has remained unchanged.

The official tourist slogan for Louth is ‘Louth, it rhymes with shroud’

Louth fended off attacks on Drogheda and Dundalk by an angry Scottish man named Edward Bruce. To this day, no one by the name of Bruce or Edward is allowed to set foot in the county.

Louth shares a border with Armagh which is made up entirely of counterfeit cigarette packets. There are several gaps in the border cigarette wall which are the perfect size to fit large quantities of laundered fuel through.

Until The Corrs rapid rise to fame, Louth had never had a famous person to come from their county before, the adjustment took some time as residents spent their days standing outside the Corrs’ home to stare for hours on end.

It has a Penneys. Actually, it has three in total.

Louth is the second most densely populated county in Ireland after Dublin, which means there is a huge risk of tripping over someone or bumping into them. Over 40,000 density based accidents occur every year.

Dromiskin Round Tower was originally constructed incorrectly with its pointed top placed into the ground, the unveiling of the tower in the early 1500s drew a large crowd who were ultimately crushed when the structure fell over. It was later turned the right way up.

Dundalk is home to Cú Chulainn and refuses to let the rest of the country forget it.

Some variations of the Louth accent are considered implements of torture, and have been known to drive visiting tourists insane.

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