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County Laois
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County Laois

County Laois
Area: 1,719 kmē
Capital: Portlaoise
Code: LS
Population: 58,774 (2002)
Province: Leinster

Laois (pronounced Leash), also spelt Laoighis or Leix, is a county in the midlands of Ireland. Situated in the province of Leinster, this small county is the only one in Ireland not bordered by another county with a coastline. Area: 1719 kmē (664 square miles).

Created in 1556 by Mary I of England as "Queen's County", Laois received its present Irish language name following the War of Irish Independence. Portlaoise is the county town.

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Counties of Ireland
Republic of Ireland: Carlow | Cavan | Clare | Cork | Donegal | Dublin | Galway | Kerry | Kildare | Kilkenny | Laois | Leitrim | Limerick | Longford | Louth | Mayo | Meath | Monaghan | Offaly | Roscommon | Sligo | Tipperary (North, South) | Waterford | Westmeath | Wexford | Wicklow
Northern Ireland: Antrim | Armagh | Derry/Londonderry | Down | Fermanagh | Tyrone
Provinces of Ireland: Connacht | Leinster | Munster | Ulster