digplanet beta 1: Athena
Share digplanet:

Agriculture

Applied sciences

Arts

Belief

Business

Chronology

Culture

Education

Environment

Geography

Health

History

Humanities

Language

Law

Life

Mathematics

Nature

People

Politics

Science

Society

Technology

This article is about the Irish province. For the professional rugby union team representing this province, see Leinster Rugby. For the town in Western Australia, see Leinster, Western Australia. For the ship which was sunk on 10 October 1918 with over 500 deaths, see RMS Leinster. For William F. Jenkins nom de plume, see Murray Leinster.
Leinster
Laighin[1]
Flag of Leinster
Flag
Location of Leinster
State Republic of Ireland Ireland
Counties Carlow
Dublin
Kildare
Kilkenny
Laois
Longford
Louth
Meath
Offaly
Westmeath
Wexford
Wicklow
Government
 • Teachta Dála 36 Fine Gael TDs
27 Labour Party TDs
8 Fianna Fáil TDs
7 Sinn Féin TDs
6 Independent TDs
4 ULA TDs
Area
 • Total 19,800 km2 (7,644 sq mi)
Population (2011)[2]
 • Total 2,504,814 (1st)
 • Density 126.5/km2 (328/sq mi)
ISO 3166 code IE-L
Patron Saint: Brigid[3]

Leinster (/ˈlɛnstər/Irish: Laighin / Cúige Laigheanpronounced [ˈl̪ˠaːjɪnʲ]) is one of the Provinces of Ireland situated in the east of Ireland. It comprises the ancient Kingdoms of Mide, Osraige and Leinster. Following the Norman invasion of Ireland, the historic fifths of Leinster and Mide gradually merged, mainly due to the impact of the Pale, which straddled both, thereby forming the present-day province of Leinster. The ancient kingdoms were shired into a number of counties for administrative and judicial purposes. In later centuries, local government legislation has seen further sub-division of the historic counties.

Leinster has no official function for local government purposes. However, the province is an officially recognised subdivision of Ireland. It is listed on ISO-3166-2 as one of the four provinces of Ireland and "IE-L" is attributed to Leinster as its country sub-division code.

The population of Leinster is 2,504,814 according to the 2011 census, making it the most populous province in the country [4] The traditional flag of Leinster features a golden harp on a green background.

History[edit]

Early history[edit]

Leinster, province of Ireland (Hogg, 1784)

The Gaelic Kingdom of Leinster before 1171 was considerably smaller than today's province. The first part of the name Leinster derives from Laigin, the name of a major tribe that once inhabited the area. The latter part of the name derives either from the Irish tír or the Old Norse staðr, both of which translate as "land" or "territory".

The tribes of Leinster were united by Úgaine Mór (Hugony, the Great), who supposedly built the hill-fort of Dún Ailinne, near Kilcullen, County Kildare. He is a likely, but uncertain candidate as the first historical king of Laigin (Leinster) in the 7th century BC. The kingdom of Laigin was re-founded circa 175/185 AD following a period of civil wars in Ireland by the legendary Cathair Mor. Finn Mac Cool, or Fionn mac Cumhaill, was reputed to have built a stronghold at the Hill of Allen, on the edge of the Bog of Allen, in what was then Leinster.

In the 4th and 5th centuries, after Magnus Maximus left Britain with his legions, leaving a power vacuum, colonists from Laigin settled in North Wales, specifically in Anglesey, Carnarvonshire and Denbighshire. In Wales some of the Leinster-Irish colonists left their name on the Llŷn Peninsula, which derives its name from Laigin. In the 5th century the emerging Uí Néill dynasties from Connacht conquered areas of Westmeath, Meath and Offaly from the Uí Enechglaiss and Uí Failge of the Laigin. Uí Néill Ard Righ attempted to exact the Boroimhe Laighean, or cattle-tribute from the Laigin from that time, in the process becoming their traditional enemies.

By the 8th century, the rulers of Laigin had split into two dynasties:

After the death of the last Kildare-based King of Laigin, Murchad Mac Dunlainge in 1042, the kingship of Leinster reverted to the Uí Cheinnselaig sept based in the south east, now County Wexford. This southern dynasty gave all the later Kings of Leinster.

Kingdom of Ireland period[edit]

The ancient Kingdom of Mide today encompasses much of counties Meath and Westmeath with five west County Offaly baronies. The Offaly parishes of Annally and Lusmagh were formerly part of Connacht while the baronies of Ballybrit and Clonlisk were part of Éile in Munster. County Louth was formerly part of Ulster. The last major boundary changes occurred with the formation of County Wicklow (1603–1606), from lands in the north of Carlow (which previously extended to the sea) and most of southern Dublin. The provincial borders were redrawn by Cromwell for administration and military reasons. Later minor changes dealt with "islands" of one county in another. By the late 1700s, Leinster looked as shown in the above map of 1784.

Leinster represents the extended "English Pale", counties controlled directly from Dublin, at the beginning of the 1600s. The other Provinces had their own regional Presidency systems, based on a Welsh model of administration, in theory if not in fact from the 1570s and 1580s up to the 1670s, and were considered separate entities. Gradually "Leinster" subsumed the term of "The Pale", as the difference between the old Pale area and the wider province, now under English administration, grew less distinct.

Counties and Counties Corporate[edit]

Main article: Counties of Ireland

Following the abolition of County Dublin, three successor counties were created that cover the same area. They are Dún Laoghaire–Rathdown,[5] Fingal and South Dublin. To these may be added the historic County Corporate of the city of Dublin, which, under the terms of the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898 was abolished to be succeeded by the County borough of Dublin. This was in turn abolished under the terms of the Local Government Act 2001 and the area is now under the jurisdiction of Dublin City Council. The remaining counties of the province are Kildare, Offaly, Laois, Wexford, Carlow, Wicklow, Louth, Meath, Westmeath, Longford and Kilkenny. While Kilkenny city was once a county corporate, by the terms of the 1898 Act it became part of the administrative county.[6] although it retains the privilege of calling itself a city.

However, the counties of Galway, London and Antrim play in the Leinster Hurling Championship with Galway winning the title in 2012.

Irish language[edit]

There are about 40,000 Irish speakers in the province; 1,299 native speakers in the Meath Gaeltacht and this doesn't count the 19,348 attending the 66 Gaelscoils (Irish language primary schools) and 15 Gaelcholáiste (Irish language secondary schools) all across the province. According to the Irish Census 2011 there are 20,040 daily speakers outside the education system in the province.

Leinster today[edit]

The main settlements in order of size (2006 census figures; urban areas with over 10,000 inhabitants) are:

According to the CSO regional income report, GDP for the province of Leinster in 2004 was estimated to be over €75 billion.

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ ISO 3166-2 Newsletter II-1, 19 February 2010, which gives "Leinster" as the official English name of the Province and "Laighin" as the official Irish name of the Province and cites "Ordnance Survey Office, Dublin 1993" as its source - http://www.iso.org/iso/iso_3166-2_newsletter_ii-1_corrected_2010-02-19.pdf
  2. ^ "Province Leinster". Central Statistics Office. 2011. 
  3. ^ Koch, John. Celtic Culture: A Historical Encyclopedia, Vol. 1. "Brigit (Goddess)". ABC-CLIO, 2006.
  4. ^ "Province Leinster". Central Statistics Office. 2011. 
  5. ^ http://www.dlrcoco.ie/
  6. ^ A Handbook of Local Government in Ireland (1899) p.51

References[edit]

  • Foster, R. F. The Oxford History of Ireland. Oxford University Press, Oxford & New York, 1992. ISBN 0-19-285271-X (references to Irish colony in North Wales, Lleyn Peninsula, page 6)
  • Kings, Saints and Sagas, Alfred. P. Smyth, in Wicklow:History and Society, 1994. ISBN 9780906602300
  • Settlement patterns in the early historic kingdom of Leinster (seventh-mid twelfth centuries), Mark Clinton, in Seanchas:Studies in Early and Medieval Irish Archaeology, History and Literature in Honour of Francis John Byrne, ed. Alfred P. Smyth, pp. 275–298, Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2000.
  • Kings, the kingship of Leinster, and the regnal poems of "laidshenchas Laigen":a reflection of dynastic politics in Leinster, 650-1150, Edel Bhreathnach, Seanchas ...", pp. 299–312.

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 53°20′52″N 6°15′35″W / 53.34778°N 6.25972°W / 53.34778; -6.25972


Original courtesy of Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leinster — Please support Wikipedia.
This page uses Creative Commons Licensed content from Wikipedia. A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia.
116706 videos foundNext > 

LTV: Leinster v Northampton Saints Highlights

Highlights of Leinsters impressive win over Northampton Saints in the Heineken Cup.

LTV: Leinster v London Wasps Highlights

Highlights of the action packed Amlin Cup Challenge between London Wasps and Leinster Rugby.

Leinster Rugby tribute to Brian O'Driscoll

A look back over the career of one of the greatest players of all time, Leinster's Brian O'Driscoll.

RU 2014 Pro12 R18 Leinster v Munster x264

Leinster V Munster RabDirect Pro 12 Round 18. I do not own the footage used in this video. All rights for the video go to the respective owners Celtic Rugby ...

Leinster v Glasgow Warriors - Full Match Report 31st May 2014

Check out the following video from the final of the RaboDirect PRO12. For more information on the RaboDirect PRO12 visit www.RaboDirectPRO12.com. You can fol...

Leinster v Munster - Full Time Round Up March 29th 2014

Full Time Round Up of the Leinster v Munster rugby match in Round 18 of the RaboDirect PRO12 at the Aviva Stadium, Dublin on Saturday 29th March 2014. For mo...

Leinster Rugby Conditioning Session at FFS Dublin

Great to have the Leinster team training at FFS with our conditioning staff during their conditioning week. This is how the pros train #FFS www.ffs.ie facebo...

Leinster vs Stade Francais Highlights - Challenge Cup Final 2013

Leinster vs Stade Francais 2013 Full Highlights Amlin Challenge Cup Final 2013.

Leinster v Glasgow Warriors - Full Time Round Up 31st May 2014

Check out the following video from the final of the RaboDirect PRO12. For more information on the RaboDirect PRO12 visit www.RaboDirectPRO12.com. You can fol...

Heineken Cup 2013-14 Leinster vs Castres 19 Oct Full Match

http://www.smart-safe.org/

116706 videos foundNext > 

28537 news items

Official Leinster Rugby website

Official Leinster Rugby website
Mon, 01 Sep 2014 04:37:30 -0700

Leinster's final pre-season game against Ulster may have ended in defeat, but with the new season kicking off this Saturday against Glasgow Warriors in Scotstoun (KO 5.15pm, Live SKY Sports), this bruising encounter was the perfect preparation. Academy ...

Irish Times

Irish Times
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 06:07:30 -0700

When the 25-year-old lock signed up to leave Michael Cheika's NSW Waratahs side for Leinster, he also ended his international career with Ewen McKenzie and the Wallabies. Douglas has won 14 caps for Australia. However, O'Connor yesterday said that ...

Irish Independent

RTE.ie
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:16:45 -0700

Leinster and Ireland backrow Jordi Murphy is expected to be sidelined for up to 12 weeks having undergone surgery on a shoulder injury and looks set to miss the November Tests against South Africa, Georgia and Australia. Ahead of Leinster's opening ...

Official Leinster Rugby website

Official Leinster Rugby website
Sat, 30 Aug 2014 10:35:36 -0700

This was Leinster's final warm-up encounter before the start of their GUINNESS PRO12 campaign away to Glasgow Warriors next Saturday. In a similar vein to their meeting with Northampton Saints last weekend, Matt O'Connor opted for a blend of youth and ...

Irish Examiner

Irish Examiner
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 10:37:30 -0700

Leinster have confirmed that the player will sit out the start of the new season and is expected to be sidelined for up to three months after already undergoing surgery on a troublesome shoulder injury. The province have also announced that Dan Leavy ...

SportsNewsIRELAND

SportsNewsIRELAND
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 03:23:54 -0700

Leinster Rugby scrum-half Isaac Boss stated he is fighting for an extension to his current contract which expires at the end of the season. With UCD's Luke McGrath expecting further game time this season and Ireland's Eoin Reddan likely to be Matt ...

Official Leinster Rugby website

Official Leinster Rugby website
Fri, 29 Aug 2014 04:12:09 -0700

The Leinster team to face Ulster Rugby in the Bank of Ireland pre-season friendly in Tallaght Stadium tomorrow (Kick Off: 4.00pm) has been announced with Tullow's Sean O'Brien captaining the side from number eight. O'Brien is one of 12 players to make ...

Official Leinster Rugby website

Official Leinster Rugby website
Tue, 02 Sep 2014 07:15:00 -0700

Take a look at some photos from squad training ahead of the first game of the new season against Glasgow Warriors. The Leinster squad trained in UCD this week ahead of the match against Glasgow Warriors this Saturday in Scotstoun (KO 5.15pm, LIVE ...
Loading

Oops, we seem to be having trouble contacting Twitter

Talk About Leinster

You can talk about Leinster with people all over the world in our discussions.

Support Wikipedia

A portion of the proceeds from advertising on Digplanet goes to supporting Wikipedia. Please add your support for Wikipedia!