Louth colloquially known as "The Wee County", is the smallest of Ireland's 32 counties by area. It is the 17th most populous county, making it the fourth most densely populated county on the island of Ireland. Louth is bordered by four counties - Meath to the south, Monaghan to the west, Armagh to the north, and Down to the northeast. Dundalk is the county town and is located approximately 80 km (50 mi) from Belfast and 85 km (53 mi) from Dublin.
Motto: Lugh sáimh-ioldánach (Irish) meaning "Lugh equally skilled in many arts"
County Louth is a coastal county in the Eastern and Midland Region of Ireland, within the province of Leinster. The county is named after the village of Louth, which in turn is named after Lugh, a god of the ancient Irish.
The archaeological landscape within Brú na Bóinne (“Palace of the Boyne”), is dominated by the three well-known large passage tombs, Knowth, Newgrange, and Dowth, built some 5,000 years ago in the Neolithic or Late Stone Age.
A number of other historic sites are in the county, including religious sites at Monasterboice, Mellifont Abbey and the St Mary Magdalene Dominican Friary.
Some points for prayer:
· Lawlessness: Louth is a border county and struggles with a lot of Cross border issues that have manifested themselves in illegal activities such as cross border smuggling, and fraud. Recently there was also the murder of 2 guards in the county both linked to paramilitary people and both occurring right on the border on the Cooley peninsula.
· Unity of the churches - Man's agenda vs God's plan: Philippians 2:12-13: “Continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfil his good purpose.”
· Evangelism in the county. Pray for a greater openness in churches prepared to work together in evangelism and to have their people trained and equipped in evangelism. Pray for this to be sustained and grow in momentum, and for many to get saved and find a spiritual home where they can grow in Christ.
· A return to the Lord of those who have stepped away from their faith in recent years as a result of secularisation across Ireland, and the impact of Covid.
· Young people: Like many counties around the island mental health and addiction are problems young people struggle with