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Here's The Explanation Behind Some Of The Weirdest Irish County Nicknames

Here's The Explanation Behind Some Of The Weirdest Irish County Nicknames
By Gary Connaughton Updated
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We all know the nicknames for Irish counties. The likes of 'The Tribesmen' or 'The Kingdom' are frequently used by both supporters and the media.

However, most counties have more than one, and some of them are quite odd. You've probably never heard of some of the stranger ones.

You can see the list in full here, but we've picked out the best ones below.

Kildare - The Short Grass County

Apparently this has something to do with the pastureland located in the Curragh. Fair enough.

Donegal - The Herring Gutters

This is a nod to the maritime tradition in Donegal, with the fishing industry a huge part of life is many parts of the county. As you will see, this isn't the only times herrings are featured in this article.

Kilkenny - Wet-the-guns

We have no idea what this one is about.

Roscommon - The Sheepstealers


Roscommon love a sheep, but stealing the animals was a big thing in bygone eras. Crossing the Shannon into Westmeath or Longford made it more difficult to catch the thieves, although if you were convicted you could be deported to Australia.


Sligo - The Herring Pickers

Another nod to the fishing industry present along Ireland's west coast.

Carlow - The Fighting Cocks

Apparently Carlow was known for cock fighting in the early 19th century. It's also a crossroads on the N80 road in the county.

Tipperary - The Stone Throwers

This is a nod to Tipperary's role in the 'Land War' in the late 19th century.


Wicklow - The Goat Suckers

Something to do with goats in the Wicklow mountains, but we have no confirmation that Wicklow people like to suck them.

Galway - The Herring Chokers

This one definitely sounds like a euphemism.

Cork - The Donkey Aters

More specifically referring to the area around Skibbereen, the name comes from people having to eat donkeys during the potato famine in the 1840s.


Carlow - The Scallion Eaters

Back in the day they used to grow a lot of onions in Carlow apparently.

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