The People of the Northeast
Here in the Northeast we are known as Dundalk FC fanatics who enjoy the foodie delights of the region with our award-winning restaurants like The Square and our world-famous Carlingford Oysters. On the weekends we love to soak up the atmosphere at our top-class pubs like Brubakers and world-class music venues like The Spirit Store located on Dundalk Quay, or head for the hills by taking a hike up the Carlingford and Cooley Mountains.
The Northeast has a thriving young population – the majority of people living here are between 0 and 49 years of age. The 2016 census revealed that 15.49% of County Louth’s population is aged between 0 -19, 15.13% are aged between 30 and 39 and 14.92% are aged between 40 and 49. The Northeast is also known as a diverse region. Some 2,001 people from the UK, 4,137 people from Poland and Lithuania, 3,798 people from other European countries and some 3,084 residents from other unlisted countries call the area their home, according to the 2016 census.
Take a stroll through any town in the north east, and you’ll see how international and diverse this region is. From Europeans working in Paypal and enjoying the café culture in Dundalk’s town square to Dundalk athlete Gina Apke Moses flying the flag for Nigerian-Irish sports stars around the world, the north east is home to people from all around the world.
The north east is a real coming together of culture, taste and backgrounds. For a small county, we are bursting with international, multi-cultural communities. The varied clubs, community groups, international retail and food outlets, as well as sports interests all point to how open the north east is to people from all over the world.
Some Famous North Easterners
- Tommy Byrne, former Formula 1 racing driver
- David Kearney, rugby player
- Rob Kearney, rugby player, current player for both Leinster and Ireland
- Jim McQuillan, Irish international darts player
- Steve Staunton, former football player and former Republic of Ireland national football team manager
- Tom Sharkey (1873–1953), heavyweight boxer
- Tommy Traynor (1933–2006), former footballer, Republic of Ireland national football team and Southampton FC left-back
- Peadar Ó Dubhda, Patriot, musician, politician, musician, and author of the first translation the Bible into Irish.
- Paul Vincent Carroll (1900–1968), playwright who founded two theater groups in Glasgow, Scotland
- The Corrs, Celtic folk rock group and family (Andrea, Sharon, Caroline, and Jim Corr), born and raised in Dundalk
- Maria Cuche, singer who represented Ireland in the 1985 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing 6th
- The Flaws, indie rock band
- Catherine Gaskin (1929–2009), romance novelist
- Donald Macardle (1900–1984), actor, screenwriter, and director
- Dorothy Macardle (1889–1958), revolutionary, author and playwright
- Cathy Maguire, singer-songwriter; currently lives in the United States
- Dawn Martin, singer who represented Ireland in the 1998 Eurovision concert, finishing 9th
- Patrick McDonnell, actor in Naked Camera and Father Ted
- John Moore, film director, producer, and writer
- Brendan O’Dowda (1925–2002), Irish tenor who popularised the songs of Percy French
- Liam Reilly, singer who represented Ireland in the 1990 Eurovision Song Contest, finishing 2nd; singer in the group Bagatelle
- Jinx Lennon, Music Artist
- Thomas MacAnna (1926–2011), Tony Award-winning theatre director and playwright
- Molly Barton (1861-1949), artist
- Úna-Minh Caomhánach (born 1991), journalist and writer currently living in Dundalk
- Nuala Kennedy (1977–Present), artist
- Just Mustard (est. 2016), music group