The county consists largely of a plane, which is bounded on the west by the River Shannon. Just to the south rise the Slieve Bloom Mountains. Through the county, the Grand Canal, which connects Dublin to Ballinasloe pulls.
In the Middle Ages it was the Principality of Offaly, which included, in addition to today's County and parts of Tipperary, Laois and Kildare. This Principality was long under the rule of the clan O'Connor. Turlough O'Connor (1088-1156) who lived at the time of the Synod of Rathbreasail (1111 Offaly ) and Roderick O'Connor ( 1116-1198 ) were kings of Connacht. In the 16th century it came to the English crown. 1556, the county was established under the name of King's County.
Agriculture consists of cattle, sheep and pigs as well as the cultivation of wheat and barley. There are textile industries, distilleries, as well as furniture manufacturing and Juteverarbeitung.
Offaly, together with the County Laois a constituency that sends five deputies in the Irish Parliament ( Dáil Éireann ); The last election took place in 2011.
The distribution of seats in the County Council after the local elections of June 5, 2009:
- Clonmacnoise, Monastery Ruins
- Clonfinlough Stone
- Durrow High Cross & Well
- Leap Castle
- Leviathan (telescope)
- Brian Cowen ( born 1960 ), Minister, Tánaiste, from May 2008 to March 2011 and Taoiseach from May 2008 to January 2011 Chairman of the Fianna Fáil party.
Carlow | Cavan | Clare | Cork | Cork city ** | Donegal | Dublin * ( ** Fingal | Dun Laoghaire - Rathdown ** | ** South Dublin | Dublin **) | Galway | Galway City ** | Kerry | Kildare | Kilkenny | Laois | Leitrim | Limerick | Limerick City ** | Longford | Louth | Mayo | Meath | Monaghan | Offaly | Roscommon | Sligo | Tipperary * (North Tipperary ** | ** South Tipperary ) | Waterford | Waterford City ** | Westmeath | Wexford | Wicklow * Historic county, ** newly created county
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- County Offaly
- County in Ireland
- County in Leinster