Liamknutj writes:

Why does RTÉ refer to Offaly as King’s County? Even the Irish Times has dropped that…

Anyone?

24 thoughts on “You Are Offaly

  1. Cian

    According to Wikipedia:
    In 1556, an Act of the Parliament of Ireland created “King’s County”, named after Philip, the then King of Ireland.[12] This replaced the old Kingdoms with Baronies and the present day County System. Despite the county’s name being upheld as Offaly through the 2001 Local Government Act, no legislation was ever enacted after independence explicitly changing the name from King’s County, the name formally established under the 1898 Local Government Act which continued to have legal effect.

    So it’s called King’s County because that’s its name.

    1. Optimus Grime

      You see what undermines a great argument there is just three words – According to Wikipedia…

      1. Cian

        Um. Two things.
        1. Wikipedia is a great source of information. And is correct a lot of the time;
        2. sometimes Wikipedia is wrong – I have shown it as my source – and this allows you to decide how much weight you give my comment.

    2. Mé Féin

      No, no, no! No!!
      A foreign power gave it that name. The natives called it Uibh Fhailí or Offaly. The foreign power was thrown out of the country. It’s Offaly ffs.
      Go edit the Wikipedia page and stop being silly. That joke of a crowd-sourced encyclopedia also says Ireland is a “British Isle.”

    1. Cu Cullan

      Because they were so loyal to the British Crown.. the same reason Dubliners were referred to as Jackeens..

    1. rotide

      I’ve never been able to take that one seriously. It sounds too much like a euphanism

  2. Rob_G

    For the benefit of Liam and other non-GAA fans, counties are often referred to their by their traditional and/or nicknames – the Banner, the Royal, the Lily Whites, etc.

    Helpful also for journalists, so that they don’t have to keep repeating the names of the counties over and over again within the article.

    1. rotide

      I’m struggling to imagine there is anyone that actually needs both these points explained to them, although LiamKnutj clearly does.

  3. Shayna

    To be fair Tyrone is referred to as both, “The Red Hands”, also “The O’Neill County”. The red hand refers to the coat of arms of the O’Neill clan, it’s got a red hand right there in the middle of emblazonry on the coat of arms .Pretty much everyone in Tyrone is O’Neill, there is the odd Devlin, Hughes, Quinn, it’s an inclusive county.
    I mean it’s still Royal Meath – the seat of the King of of Ireland – oh yeah, The O’Neill.
    I have to admit , I didn’t know Offaly was called King’s county, I thought it was famous for Tullamore, it being the geographical centre of Ireland.

        1. Shayna

          I stand corrected, it really is Athlone, sorry, Birr and Tullamore. I don’t know what I was drinking, sorry thinking…. Although – Offaly is great, there was Séamus Derby, for example, who broke the heart of The Kingdom.

  4. The Dude

    Let us never forget the (sectarian genocidal maniac) Spanish king who once ruled us!

  5. Shayna

    Admittedly a tad mad on it, I was having a coffee (yeah,sure… etc) a car that allowed me to cross the Lisburn Road had Offaly plates – I live in Belfast, kinda mad?

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