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 County Nicknames of Ireland 

This is the list of nicknames that were given to Irish people. Each county hav a different nickname with origins and notes. 

County (GAA link) Nickname Origins and notes
Antrim (GAA) The Glensmen From the Glens of Antrim
Antrim (GAA) The Saffrons From the county colours
Armagh (GAA) The Orchard County The rich fruit growing country to the north-east of the city of Armagh is known as the "Orchard of Ireland". (The local election district is called "The Orchard")
Armagh (GAA) The Cathedral County The Primates of All Ireland's seats (both Church of Ireland and Roman Catholic) are in the city of Armagh
Carlow (GAA) The Dolmen County Brownshill Dolmen is near Carlow town
Carlow (GAA) The Barrowsiders River Barrow
Carlow (GAA) The Fighting Cocks Carlow was famous for cock fighting in the early nineteenth century. "The Fighting Cocks" is also a crossroads on the N80 road which names a district between Tullow and Nurney and its GAA club
Carlow (GAA) The Scallion Eaters In the early nineteenth century, most of the onions sold in Leinster were grown near Carlow town
Cavan (GAA) The Breffni Mediaeval Kingdom of Breifne, centred on Cavan
Cavan (GAA) The Lake county Lakes include Loughs Gowna, Oughter, Ramor, and Sheelin
Clare (GAA) The Banner County From the banners at monster meetings supporting Catholic Emancipation leader Daniel O'Connell's by-election campaign in the constituency of Clare in 1828
Cork (GAA) The Rebel County Originally from Cork city's support for pretender Perkin Warbeck in 1495; reinforced by Cork's prominence in the Irish War of Independence (1919–21) and the Irish Civil War (1922–23)
Cork (GAA) The Leesiders River Lee
Cork (GAA) The Donkey Aters (Eaters) Applied in particular to the vicinity of Skibbereen in West Cork, where people resorted to eating donkeys during the Great Famine
Donegal (GAA) The Hills The Derryveagh Mountains and Bluestack Mountains are called The Hills of Donegal in many folk songs
Donegal (GAA) Tír Chonaill or Tyrconnell Mediaeval kingdom, often used in place of the official Dún na nGall as the Irish name for the county
Donegal (GAA) The O'Donnell county Mediaeval lords
Donegal (GAA) The Herring Gutters The fishing industry is important, especially in Killybegs
Donegal (GAA) The Forgotten county Donegal is almost cut off from the rest of the Republic of Ireland by Northern Ireland
Down (GAA) The Mourne county;The Mournemen Mourne Mountains. In GAA contexts, "Mournemen" is often applied specifically to the football rather than the hurling team; though not always
Down (GAA) The Ardsmen Applied specifically to the hurling team. From the Ards peninsula, stronghold of hurling in the county
Dublin (GAA) The Dubs Clipped form of "Dubliners"
Dublin (GAA) The Liffeysiders River Liffey
Dublin (GAA) The Jackeens Pejorative term for Dubliners; contrasted with culchies
Dublin (GAA) The Jacks Reclaimed version of Jackeen
Dublin (GAA) The Metropolitans Dublin city is the metropolis, i.e. the capital city
Dublin (GAA) The Pale The Pale was the region around Dublin subject to English control in the 14th and 15th centuries
Dublin (GAA) The Big Schmoke A reference to severe smog problems that endured until the late 1980s
Fermanagh (GAA) The Maguire county Mediaeval lords (cf. Baron Maguire from the 17th Century)
Fermanagh (GAA) The Lakeland county; the Lake county Lough Erne dominates the topography
Fermanagh (GAA) The Erne county; the Ernesiders River Erne and Lough Erne
Galway (GAA) The Tribesmen Galway city is "the city of the tribes", those being fourteen historically prominent families
Galway (GAA) The Herring Chokers The fishing industry
Kerry (GAA) The Kingdom John Philpot Curran, MP, magistrate, and wit, said in the Irish House of Commons on 23 January 1787: "The low and contemptible state of your magistracy is the cause of much evil, particularly in the Kingdom of Kerry. I say Kingdom, for it seems absolutely not a part of the same country"
Kildare (GAA) The Lilywhites From the county colours
Kildare (GAA) The Short Grass county The open pastureland of the Curragh. Attested from at least 1897
Kildare (GAA) The Thoroughbred county Centre for breeding and training of racehorses. A marketing slogan, introduced in November 1999
Kilkenny (GAA) The Cats Kilkenny cats are proverbially tenacious fighters
Kilkenny (GAA) The Marble county Kilkenny city was "the Marble City" because of nearby marble quarrying, featured in its buildings and pavements
Kilkenny (GAA) The Noresiders River Nore
Kilkenny (GAA) Wet-the-guns
Laois (GAA) The O'Moore county Mediaeval lords (cf. Rory O'Moore in the 17th Century)
Leitrim (GAA) "Lovely Leitrim" From the song "Lovely Leitrim", written in by Phil Fitzpatrick, an NYPD member from Mohill killed in 1947. It was a 1966 Number One single for Larry Cunningham. Another "Lovely Leitrim" was written in Chicago in 1956 by Jim Donnelly of Cloone and Tom Masterson of Carrigallen
Leitrim (GAA) The Ridge county Leitrim town's name is anglicised from the Irish Liath Druim, "grey ridge"; Carrickon-Shannon is Cora Droma Ruisc - "the weir of the marshy ridge". The method of growing potatoes in ridges separated by ditches was especially common in Leitrim
Leitrim (GAA) Rhe Wild Rose county The Wild Rose of Lough Gill, an 1883 historical romance by Patrick G. Smyth set largely in North Leitrim. Wild roses grow profusely in northwest Leitrim
Leitrim (GAA) The O'Rourke county Mediaeval lords of western Breifne
Limerick (GAA) The Shannonsiders River Shannon
Limerick (GAA) Rhe Treaty county Limerick city is "the Treaty city" after the Treaty of Limerick in 1691
Limerick (GAA) buttermilks
Londonderry (Derry GAA) The Oak-leaf county From the leaf on the county coat of arms; Derry is an anglicisation of Irish language Doire "oak-grove"
Longford (GAA) The Slashers Longford Slashers is a GAA club in Longford town. "Slasher" in the sense "man of valour" comes from Myles 'the Slasher' O'Reilly, killed defending the bridge of Finnea in 1644. "Slasher" became a pejorative for Longford people, notably former Taoiseach Albert Reynolds, with a sense akin to culchie. Still more recently it has been reclaimed by the locals
Louth (GAA) The Wee county The smallest county in Ireland
Mayo (GAA) The Yew County The name Mayo is anglicised from the Irish Maigh Eo, "plain of the yew", the site of a mediaeval abbey
Mayo (GAA) The Heather county Heather is common in western Mayo
Mayo (GAA) The Maritime county The long Atlantic coastline
Mayo (GAA) "Mayo, God help us!" Mayo was the county worst affected by the Great Famine
Mayo (GAA) "The Green above the Red" From the county colours (green shoulders, red breast); themselves inspired by "The Green Above The Red", a rebel song to the tune of "Irish Molly O" with lyrics by Thomas Osborne Davis:

Full often when our fathers saw the Red above the Green,
They rose in rude but fierce array, with sabre, pike and skian,
And over many a noble town, and many a field of dead,
They proudly set the Irish Green above the English Red

Meath (GAA) The Royal county The Hill of Tara, seat of the legendary High Kings of Ireland, is in Meath
Monaghan (GAA) The Farney Mediaeval kingdom of south Monaghan, later a barony
Monaghan (GAA) The Drumlin county Drumlin fields dominate the local topography
Offaly (GAA) The Faithful county In 1953, Andy Croke wrote, 'If ever Offaly earns a name like "Rebel" Cork or "Premier" Tipperary, I believe it will be the "Faithful" County, for nowhere else are hurlers and football more intent on sticking to their colours, which incidentally are green, white and gold.' Also attributed to Bob O'Keeffe, GAA president from 1935–38, possibly because the county is strong in both hurling and gaelic football. The motto on the county council's current coat of arms is Esto Fidelis "Be You Faithful"
Offaly (GAA) The Biffos Acronym for "Big ignorant fucker from Offaly" Attested in the early 1990s in the United States
Roscommon (GAA) The Rossies  
Roscommon (GAA) The Sheepstealers A common cause of transportation to Australia, the crime was common in Roscommon as it was easy to cross the River Shannon to raid Westmeath and Longford
Sligo (GAA) The Yeats county Childhood and spiritual home of William Butler Yeats
Sligo (GAA) The Herring Pickers The fishing industry
Sligo (GAA) The Zebras From the county colours (black-and-white)
Sligo (GAA) The Magpies From the county colours (black-and-white)
Tipperary (GAA) The Premier county Origin uncertain. Attested from 1864 One suggested origin is the prosperous farmland of the Golden Vale. Another is that Tipperary was the seat of Butlers, Earls of Ormond
Tipperary (GAA) The Stone Throwers Tipperary agitators were unusually militant during the Land War of the 1870–90s. Stone Throwers Park in Tipperary Hill, Syracuse, New York commemorates an incident in the 1930s when a group of Irish Americans threw stones to prevent an upside-down traffic light being set with the "red above the green"
Tipperary (GAA) Tipp Clipping of Tipperary. The local radio station is Tipp FM. The Féile Festival, held in Semple Stadium in Thurles in the 1990s, was branded "the trip to Tipp"
Tyrone (GAA) The O'Neill county Mediaeval lords
Tyrone (GAA) The Red Hand county The Red Hand of Ulster on the county's GAA crest, also on the arms of the O'Neills
Tyrone (GAA) "Tyrone among the bushes" From a poem by Strabane poet William Collins, who took part in the Fenian raids into Canada:

"O God be with the good old times when I was twenty-one
In Tyrone among the bushes, where the Finn and Mourne run
When my heart was gay and merry, recked then not of care or toil
Blithesome as the bells of Derry ringing o’er the sunny Foyle"

Waterford (GAA) The Déise Mediaeval kingdom of the Déisi
Waterford (GAA) The Suirsiders River Suir
Waterford (GAA) The Gentle County The Gentle County: a Saga of the Decies People by Nicholas Whittle was published in 1959. He chose the title because "We in Waterford have never been too prone to blow our own trumpet"
Waterford(GAA) The Crystal county Waterford Crystal
Westmeath (GAA) The Lake county Site of many lakes, including Loughs Derravaragh, Ennell, Lene, Owal and Ree
Wexford (GAA) The Model county From its progressive farming methods and model farms The first agricultural school in Ireland was opened in Wexford in the 1850s; however, the nickname "model county" was established by 1847
Wexford (GAA) The Yellowbellies Said to have been first applied to a Wexford hurling team raised by Sir Caesar Colclough, which won a challenge match in Cornwall in the reign of William III of England while wearing yellow sashes in tribute to William as Prince of Orange. The county colours (yellow with purple shoulders) reflect this pre-existing nickname
Wexford (GAA) The Slaneysiders River Slaney
Wexford (GAA) The Strawberry Pickers Due to its relatively warm dry climate, it grows more strawberries than most of Ireland
Wicklow (GAA) The Garden of Ireland the Garden county Possibly from the planted estates of Big Houses such as Powerscourt House; or from the county's scenery; or serving as a garden for the adjacent city of Dublin. Formerly "the garden of Ireland" has been applied to: the Blackwater valley between Mallow and Fermoy; Carlow town; Killough Hill near Cashel; eastern County Westmeath; and the province of Ulster
Wicklow (GAA) The Goat Suckers Feral goats roam the Wicklow Mountains

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