This is a list of nicknames for the traditional counties of Ireland and their inhabitants. The nicknames are mainly used with reference to the county's representative team in gaelic games organised by the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). A few of the names are quite old and well-known; most are recent coinages mainly used by journalists.Some refer specifically to the Gaelic games county colours.
Many counties have multiple nicknames – for example, Kildare may be called "the short grass county" or "the thoroughbred county"– while some counties have separate nicknames for the county and people: for example Wexford is often called the Model county, and Wexford people are called "yellowbellies". A few nicknames are shared: any Connacht county playing a team from elsewhere may be dubbed "the Westerners"; London GAA or New York GAA may be called "the Exiles"; Westmeath, Fermanagh, and Cavan have each been called "the Lake county".
|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 electoral district in that part of Armagh 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||Either the banners captured by Clare's Dragoons at the Battle of Ramillies; or the banner of "Catholic emancipation" raised by Daniel O'Connell's victory in an 1828 by-election for County Clare that led to the Roman Catholic Relief Act 1829.|
|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) In 2011, Cork GAA's youth development section was rebranded as "Rebel Óg" (Irish óg = "young").|
|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 Smoke||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 the nearby quarry of Kilkenny marble (actually limestone ) featured in its buildings and pavements.|
|Kilkenny (GAA)||The Noresiders||River Nore|
|Laois (GAA)||The O'Moore County||Mediaeval lords (cf. Rory O'Moore in the 17th Century)|
|Laois (GAA)||"Poor and proud"||Disused.|
|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"; Carrick-on-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)||The 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||The River Shannon, Limerick is the principal city on the longest river in Ireland|
|Limerick (GAA)||The Treaty County||Limerick city is "the Treaty city" after the Treaty of Limerick in 1691|
|Londonderry (Derry GAA)||The Oak-leaf County||From the leaf on the county coat of arms and on the crest of Derry GAA; 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|
|Longford (GAA)||The O'Farrell County||Medieval O'Farrell family|
|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 longest 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:|
|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 territory of Farney, later the Barony of Farney in south County Monaghan. A 2004 article suggests the nickname dates from the prominence of Farneymen in the early years of Monaghan GAA.|
|Monaghan (GAA)||The Oriel County||Airgíalla, anglicised Oriel, a medieval kingdom with territory overlapping the modern county; north Monaghan people prefer the nickname "Oriel" to "Farney".|
|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 Martin O'Neill (Leinster GAA secretary 1927–69) and Bob O'Keeffe (GAA president from 1935–38). Possibly because the county is strong in both hurling and gaelic football. The motto on the 1983 county 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)||Land of Heart's Desire||Tourist branding from Yeats's 1894 play The Land of Heart's Desire , set in the barony of Kilmacowen.|
|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||In the 1840s editor of the Nation newspaper stated that "Where Tipperary leads Ireland follows" due to the nationalistic feeling in Tipperary. The title of The Premier county was further strengthened by the foundation of the GAA and starting the war for Irish independence within County Tipperary. . Attested from 1864 Tipperary has rich 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 or "The Home of Hurling"||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 Hands||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
|Waterford (GAA)||The Déise, Decies||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, Owel 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 "Exemplar Hiberniae" is the motto chosen for the county arms in 1987.|
|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.|
|Wicklow (GAA)||The Last County||Wicklow was the last part of Ireland to be formed into a county by English administrators (in 1606), due to the rebellious O'Byrne and O'Toole clans.|
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Outside Ireland, the GAA is organised into regional bodies which have the same status as Irish counties, some of which compete in the same inter-county competitions.
In 2008, the main Dublin and Down hurling teams were supplemented with second teams competing in the Nicky Rackard Cup, respectively called Fingal and South Down.
|County||Nickname||Origins and notes|
|Fingal (GAA)||The Ravens||Ravens appear on the crest of Fingal.|
|Fingal (GAA)||The Northsiders||Fingal is north of the River Liffey (although "Northsider" often refers to part of Dublin city rather than rural Fingal).|
|Hertfordshire (GAA)||Herts||Clipping of Hertfordshire|
|Lancashire (GAA)||Lancs||Clipping of Lancashire|
|Lancashire (GAA)||Red Rose County||Red Rose of Lancaster, badge of Henry IV of England and symbol of the county of Lancashire|
|London GAA||The men from the county Hell||"Boys from the County Hell", 1984 song by the Pogues|
|London GAA||The Exiles||Recruited from Irish emigrants "exiled" in Britain. The nickname is also used for New York GAA and London Irish rugby union club|
|New York GAA||The Exiles||Recruited from Irish emigrants "exiled" in New York. The nickname is also used for London GAA|
|South Down GAA||The non-Ardsmen||Players are selected from outside the Ards peninsula, the stronghold of Down hurling|
|Warwickshire (GAA)||Warks||Clipping of Warwickshire|
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The Committee also considered a letter from Westmeath County Council which expressed a desire to develop links between County Westmeath and County Fermanagh, highlighting similarities including the status as a 'Lake County' [...]
Cavan, 'the Lake County', is a favourite with hardcore fishermen
N 80 [...] Fighting Cocks' Cross Roads [...]
the Tullow to Fenagh and Nurney via the Fighting Cocks area running east to west[ permanent dead link ]
The people of Skibbereen are known as the "donkey eaters" because in the last century the town of Skibbereen suffered more than any other part of the country from the Famine. It is still a folk memory there
The footballers are 'the Mournemen' while the hurlers are 'the Ardsmen', even though there are many Down footballers from outside the Kingdom of Mourne and a few decent hurlers on 'the mainland'
Derry were given little chance of beating the Mournemen but they produced a sparkling performance
Even before last Sunday's embarrassing mauling by Antrim, the Mournemen were already destined for the Christy Ring Cup
despite the best efforts of the Ards men, representing Down, it was Antrim who lifted the Senior Hurling Championship
the Ardsmen run out nine-point winners
Kevin Heffernan [...] Destined to immortality in the chant:
"The Jacks are back, The Jacks are back,
Let the railway end go barmy,
Hill 16, Has never seen,
The likes of Heffos army
Colum Bradley looked very sharp for the Lake County
I say Kingdom, for it seems absolutely not a part of the same country..
The following players will represent the "short grass" county [etc.]
Kildare has adopted the horse as its official logo by assuming a new identity as the "thoroughbred county". The brand was officially introduced yesterday by the Minister for Finance, Mr McCreevy [...] Kildare is home to the Irish Turf Club, the Curragh, Punchestown and Naas racecourse, the National Stud, the Irish Equestrian Centre, Weatherbys (keeper of the Stud Book) and Goffs – with more than 120 stud farms and more than 60 training establishments
Men in the county known as 'Lovely' Leitrim
Even in the bad old days the county was known as "Lovely Leitrim"
With men and women of the highest administrative standing overseeing the promotion, development and expansion of boxing within Mayo, the titles have continued to filter back to the Yew County
Now the Irish have a strange custom: whenever the name of County Mayo is spoken (whether in praise, blame or noncommittally), as soon as the mere word Mayo is spoken, the Irish add: "God help us!"
the prophetic words of the then Leinster Council Secretary Martin O’Neill over 60 years ago when he proclaimed Offaly "The Faithful County"; "GAA/LEN/01 : Leinster Provincial Council Minute Books, 1915–1980". crokepark.ie/. GAA. p. iii. Retrieved 22 February 2018.
This word [sc. 'Biffo'] is widely understood to stand for 'Big Ignorant Fucker from Offaly'
that crual New York acronym, BIFFO – a Big Ignorant F***er From Offaly
The origins of the tag, 'The Premier County', perpetuated by sportswriters and in an occasional burst of political rhetoric, are unidentified by eleven other county-wide local historians whom I've consulted
it redounds infinitely to the credit of this force that such a debasing and inhuman spectacle of English customs and English sport was prevented from being enacted in this country, especially in Tipperary, the premier county of Ireland; Morris, William (August 1883). "Irish Local Government". Macmillan's Magazine. Cambridge. 48 (286): 286–292 : 287.
Tipperary ("the premier county")
in Land League times 'Tipperary stone-throwers' became proverbialcited in Ward, Margaret (1997). "Nationalism, Pacifism, Internationalism: Louie Bennett, Hanna Sheehy-Skeffington, and the Problems of "Defining Feminism"". In Anthony Bradley, Maryann Gialanella Valiulis (ed.). Gender and Sexuality in Modern Ireland . Amherst: University of Massachusetts Press. p. 64. ISBN 978-1-55849-131-1.
[...] the band stole the show at major open air festivals including a number of Feile Trip To Tipp festivals in Thurles
The viking logo is somewhat at odds with Waterford's Gentle County nickname
Waterford, the county that has the nickname of the 'Gentle County'
14 January 1847, a meeting of Irish Peers, Commoners, and landed proprictors, of all creeds and partics, convened by the requisition alluded to, took place in the Rotunda, Dublin. [...] Mr. Charles A. Walker, D.L, Co. Wexford, regretted to state, that Wexford, "which hitherto had been the 'model county' of Ireland, was in similar destitution [...]"
Out of compliment to William, the Irish were provided with yellow sashes, or handkerchiefs, for their waists, from which circumstance Wexford men are still often called "yellow bellies."
The county of Wicklow has justly been termed "The Garden of Ireland," for nowhere else is to be found assembled such a variety of natural beauties, heightened and improved by the hand of art
Garden of Ireland Carlow
The country around this town [sc. Carlow] is called the garden of Ireland: it well deserves the name. There are about 500 acres of onions and parsnips grown annually [...]
From the Cashel road the hill of Killough is pointed out to the traveller as Gardeen a Herin, the garden of Ireland, in consequence of a belief that it is a national natural botanic establishment, and that every plant which grows in Ireland is to be found upon it.
These are the men who, united by you to settle in Ireland, converted Ulster from a barren waste into a thriving province; and who, by their energy, their industry, and their steady conduct, have made the province of Ulster not merely the 'garden of Ireland' but the most gratifying and wonderful contrast to those parts of Ireland in which the Protestant religion does not prevail
I knew a man once who used to say the [ sic ] Dublin would win nothing without a Wicklow man on the team, a bit of an exaggeration perhaps but if you look through the record books you will find quite a few 'goat-suckers' on Dublin teams in the past
The GAA confirmed yesterday that second teams from Down and Dublin would compete in the Nicky Rackard Cup in 2008 [...] non-Ards (Down) and Fingal (Dublin) sides will be entered "on a basis determined by the Central Competitions Control Committee"