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ID: 7003492
 

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

Coordinates:
Lat: 53 15 00 N  degrees minutes   Lat: 53.2500  decimal degrees
Long: 007 30 00 W  degrees minutes   Long: -7.5000  decimal degrees

Note: County Offaly lies in the province of Leinster in the Republic of Ireland. Measuring some 771 square miles in area, it consists of a mix of arable land and peat bog. It formed part of the Offaly kingdom, ruled by the O'Connor clan. The English king Edward VI conquered it and in 1556 it was made a King's County, though the people's resistance did not end until 1603. Important historic sites include Durrow Abbey founded in 553 by St. Columba. Industry is centered in towns of Birr, Edenderry and Clara. Much of the land is pasture, with a significant portion cultivated for crops. The 2003 estimated population was 64,500.

Names:
Offaly (preferred,C,V,English,U,N)
Uibh Fhailaí (C,V,Irish Gaelic,U,N)
County Offaly (C,V,display,English,U,N)
Ua bhFailghe (C,V,Irish Gaelic,U,N)
King's County (H,V)

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

Place Types:
county (preferred, C)  ............  established under reign of Mary Tudor in 1556
first level subdivision (C)
agricultural land (C)

Sources and Contributors:
County Offaly..........  [BHA, VP]
..........................  Blue Guide: Ireland (1979) 47
King's County..........  [VP]
..........................  Canby, Historic Places (1984) II, 682
Offaly..........  [GRLPSC, VP Preferred]
.................  Blue Guide: Ireland (1979) 47
.................  Canby, Historic Places (1984) 2:683
.................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) 8:881-882
.................  Rand McNally Atlas (1994) I-126
.................  Times Atlas of the World (1992) 144
.................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
Ua bhFailghe..........  [VP]
.......................  Canby, Historic Places (1984) II, 682
Uibh Fhailaí..........  [VP]
.......................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) VII, 881
Subject: .....  [BHA, GRLPSC, VP]
..................  Blue Guide: Ireland (1979) 47
..................  Canby, Historic Places (1984) II, 682; II, 683; 2:683
..................  Encyclopaedia Britannica (1988) VII, 881; VIII, 881-882; 8:881-882
..................  LC Subject Authority Headings. [online] (2002-) NAF 83053204 Offaly (Ireland), accessed 8 Oct. 2003
..................  NGA, GEOnet Names Server (2008-) accessed 28 April 2014
..................  Rand McNally Atlas (1994) I-126
..................  Times Atlas of the World (1992) 144
..................  Webster's Geographical Dictionary (1984)
 
Note:
English .......... [VP]
..........  Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-) accessed 8 Oct. 2003

 

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