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Louth

county louthAffectionately referred to as the 'Wee County', Louth is the smallest of Ireland's 32 counties.

This is a county steeped in myth, legend and history, with a number of historic sites in the county, including religious sites at Mellifont Abbey and Monasterboice High Crosses and Round Tower in the south of the county.

The Cooley Peninsula to the north of County Louth is a hilly peninsula best known for the Cooley Mountains, the highest of which, Slieve Foy, is the highest peak in County Louth. In Irish mythology the Cooley Mountains were the site of the Táin Bó Cúailnge or Cattle Raid of Cooley. The landscape of Cooley is very ancient, with many monuments of archaeological interest, such as the Proleek Dolmen, whose capstone weighs an estimated 46 tons and a Bronze Age gallery grave, both near Ballymascanlon.


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