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ID: 7003480
 

Record Type: administrative
Hierarchy of Leitrim (county)  Leitrim (county)

Coordinates:
Lat: 54 20 00 N  degrees minutes   Lat: 54.3333  decimal degrees
Long: 008 20 00 W  degrees minutes   Long: -8.3333  decimal degrees

Note: Leitrim is a county in the province of Connacht in Ireland. It measures 589 square miles in area, comprised of farmland and rocky glacial drift. The county was part of the ancient kingdom of Bréifne, ruled by the O'Rourke clan. In 1559, Sir Brian O'Rourke hid 1,000 Spaniards from the English fleet, which led to his exile and eventual execution in 1591. The population suffered great poverty in the late 19th century. Through the 20th century its population has steadily declined. Cattle and sheep are raised on the mostly poor soil, and potatoes and oats are the main crops. The small towns have some textile, automotive part, and electronics industry. The 2003 estimated population is about 25,900.

Names:
Leitrim (preferred,C,V)
Liatroim (C,V,Irish Gaelic,U,N)
County Leitrim (C,V,display)
Gray Ridge (C,V,English,U,N)

Hierarchical Position:
Hierarchy of World (facet)    World (facet)
Hierarchy of Europe (continent)  ....  Europe (continent) (P)
Hierarchy of Ireland (nation)  ........  Ireland (nation) (P)
Hierarchy of Connacht (province)  ............  Connacht (province) (P)
Hierarchy of Leitrim (county)  ................  Leitrim (county) (P)

Place Types:
county (preferred, C)  ............  formed part of ancient kingdom of Bréifne
second level subdivision (C)
agricultural land (C)

Sources and Contributors:
County Leitrim..........  [VP]
.............................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 362
Gray Ridge..........  [VP]
.......................  Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (2002-) "Leitrim," accessed 29 Sept. 2003
Leitrim..........  [GRLPSC, VP Preferred]
.................  Blue Guide: Ireland (1979) 51
.................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) VII, 257
.................  Rand McNally Atlas (1994) I-96
.................  Times Atlas of the World (1992) 111
.................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
Liatroim..........  [VP]
.................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) VII, 256
Subject: .....  [GRLPSC, VP]
..................  Blue Guide: Ireland (1979) 51
..................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) VII, 256; VII, 257
..................  Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (2002-) "Leitrim," accessed 29 Sept. 2003
..................  Rand McNally Atlas (1994) I-96
..................  Times Atlas of the World (1992) 111
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1988) 362
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
..........  Encyclopaedia Britannica Online (2002-) accessed 29 Sept. 2003

 

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