Ireland is and was divided into a number of different divisions depending on
the reason. When people have a name, a townland, a county they immediately
focus in on that one area, forgetting all others and refusing at times to
accept any information from any other area, they sometimes ignore possible
relatives because of this.
We have thirty two counties on the Island of Ireland
There are four
Provinces. Ulster, Leinster, Munster and Connaught. Each of
these is divided into a number of counties. While there are nine counties
in the Province of Ulster, only six of these are British, hence we say the
six counties. These are: Antrim, Armagh, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry and
Antrim, Armagh, Cavan, Donegal, Down, Fermanagh, Londonderry
(Derry),Monaghan and Tyrone
Carlow, Dublin, Longford, Kildare, Kilkenny, Laois (Queen's/Leix), Louth,
Meath, Offaly (King's), Westmeath, Wexford, and Wicklow
Cork, Kerry, Clare, Limerick, Tipperary and Waterford,
Galway, Leitrim, Mayo, Roscommon, and Sligo.
Each of these provinces is further subdivided into a number of administrative areas.
Ireland is divided into
Dioceses, Roman Catholic and
Protestant which do not follow county lines. Civil parishes, Roman Catholic
Parishes, and Protestant Parishes. Protestant Parishes pretty much follow
the outline of Civil parishes, Roman Catholic Parishes do not. Roman
Catholic Parish boundaries may cross over the boundaries of other counties.
We have four Ecclesiastical
Provinces, made up of a number of Dioceses these
are Armagh; Dublin; Cashel and Tuam.
Dioceses of the Established Church in Ireland
7. Newry & Mourne
1. Ardfert & Aghadoe
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