It is today a significant tourist destination. The county itself was formed following the Tudor plantations of Laois and Offaly in an attempt by the English Crown to expand its sphere of influence in Ireland which had declined following the Norman Conquest of Ireland.
The Kingdom of Firceall ruled by the O'Molloy clan constituted much of the centre of the county. Ely formed part of the Kingdom of Munster. These petty kingdoms were swept aside by the Tudor plantations. Despite the county's name being upheld as Offaly through the Local Government Act, no legislation was ever enacted after independence explicitly changing the name from King's County, the name formally established under the Local Government Act which continued to have legal effect.
Legal transfers and assignments of land in the county still refer to it as "King's County". The population figure for County Offaly was the highest for the county since The population increased by This may be attributed to the county's proximity to the Greater Dublin Area , increased accessibility to Dublin M6 , M7 , and improved rail services and lower house prices than in Dublin. The population of Portarlington increased by The population as of census was 77, people with Traditionally, agriculture and industry have been the main driving force of the economy in the county. Offaly has extensive bogland, particularly in the northern parts of the county, that forms part of the Bog of Allen.
Power stations are operating at Shannonbridge and Edenderry.
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With the continuing depletion of the bogs a number of power stations have closed down in recent years. Rhode power station closed down soon afterwards. These were major landmarks in Offaly with large cooling towers that were visible for miles around Offaly and beyond, but were demolished soon after the stations closed. Many bogs are now used as wildlife reserves or for tourism activities such as Lough Boora.
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The opening of the Grand Canal in the 18th century brought prosperity to towns such as Banagher and Tullamore. Both towns were important stops on the Dublin to Limerick navigation which supported a number of industries and brought cheap and efficient water transport to the county in that era. The Celtic Tiger also brought an increase in economic activity to Offaly with business enterprise and industrial parks opening in Birr, Edenderry and Tullamore.
Many people particularly in the east of the county are within an easy commuting distance to Dublin where many find employment. Offaly is well served by rail transport. Railway stations are located at Tullamore and Clara. Portarlington railway station is located just over the County Laois border and is in a catchment area for the south east of the county.
The Limerick-Ballybrophy railway line travels through the south of the county however there are no railway stations on the line in County Offaly. The nearest stations are located at Cloughjordan and Roscrea both just outside the county boundary. A railway line from Birr connected to the line at Roscrea until it was closed in the s. A controversial railway line also connected Birr to Portumna between and , and became something of a folk legend.
Three main national secondary routes pass through the county. The N52 road passes from Kilbeggan to Tullamore and Birr which then continues to Nenagh where it intersects with the M7. The N80 route starts in Tullamore and continues to the south east passing through Portlaoise and Carlow. There are no main national primary routes in the county, however, the M6 skirts the county to the north and the M7 skirts the county to the south through Moneygall. Road infrastructure has improved with the completion of the Tullamore bypass in and improved access to regional cities following completion of the intercity motorway network.
Other private bus coach services provide direct bus services from Birr to Dublin such as Kearns bus service who run several services daily.
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Traditionally this was an important route for transport, communication and trade between Dublin, Limerick and the midlands of Ireland. The route fell into decline as road transport became more popular. Much of the route is now used for boating and leisure activities. Midlands originally Midlands Radio 3 which broadcasts to Laois, Offaly and Westmeath is based in Tullamore and has studios across the midlands. A number of local newspapers are published in Offaly.
The Midland Tribune based in Birr covers local news in the west and south of the county as well as parts of northern Tipperary including the towns of Birr, Roscrea and Nenagh and surrounding areas. The Offaly Express was a former newspaper based in Tullamore. It closed down in July after 29 years in operation. It is now an on line news platform for the county at www. Gaelic games are popular in the county. Offaly GAA consists of some 44 clubs playing Gaelic football and hurling in communities throughout the county.
County teams have also had national success in both hurling and football, winning the Liam MacCarthy Cup four times and the Sam Maguire Cup three times. The football team is perhaps best known for the Seamus Darby goal in the dying minutes of the football final when Offaly took the title by one point denying Kerry an historic five All-Ireland titles in a row.
Tullamore Town F. Other popular sports in the county include rugby and golf. Irish golfer Shane Lowry is a member of Esker Hills. He is from the town of Clara outside Tullamore. As an amateur, he won the Irish Open. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.
For other uses, see Offaly disambiguation. County in the Republic of Ireland. Place in Leinster, Ireland. Coat of arms.
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