12 Facts About County Down


County Down is one of the six counties of Northern Ireland, one of the nine counties of Ulster and one of the traditional thirty-two counties of Ireland.

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County Down contains both the southernmost point of Northern Ireland and the easternmost point of Ireland.

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County Down takes its name from dun, the Irish word for dun or fort, which is a common root in Gaelic place names.

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County Down contains two significant peninsulas: Ards Peninsula and Lecale peninsula.

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County Down has a coastline along Belfast Lough to the north and Carlingford Lough to the south.

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County Down is where, in the words of the song by Percy French, "The mountains of Mourne sweep down to the sea", and the area around the granite Mourne Mountains continues to be known for its scenery.

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County Down is served by the following local government districts:.

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The Downpatrick and County Down Railway operates a short section of the former Belfast and County Down line as a heritage railway between Downpatrick and Inch Abbey.

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County Down is the most successful team north of the border in terms of All-Ireland Senior Football Championships won with five in total.

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County Down is home to the No 1-ranked golf course, Royal County Down Golf Club, in not just Ireland, but the entire Great Britain, according to Today's Golfer.

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County Down is named in the lyrics of the song "Around the World", from the film Around the World in 80 Days, which was an American top ten hit for Bing Crosby and UK top ten hit for Ronnie Hilton, both in 1957, although it was Mantovani's instrumental version which was actually used in the film.

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Several areas of County Down served as filming locations for the HBO series Game of Thrones including Castle Ward, Inch Abby, and Tollymore Forest Park.

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