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Counties of the British Isles and Ireland (with a map)

Can you name the counties of the United Kingdom and Ireland?
Not including the Isle of Man and the Channel Islands
For Scotland, these are "councils" not counties
Quiz by Stewart
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First submittedMarch 20, 2019
Last updatedJuly 12, 2019
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England
Bedfordshire
Lancashire
Berkshire
Leicestershire
Buckinghamshire
Lincolnshire
Cambridgeshire
Merseyside
Cheshire
Norfolk
City of Bristol
North Yorkshire
City of London
Northamptonshire
Cornwall
Northumberland
Cumbria
Nottinghamshire
Derbyshire
Oxfordshire
Devon
Rutland
Dorset
Shropshire
Durham
Somerset
East Riding of Yorkshire
South Yorkshire
East Sussex
Staffordshire
Essex
Suffolk
Gloucestershire
Surrey
Greater London
Tyne and Wear
Greater Manchester
Warwickshire
Hampshire
West Midlands
Herefordshire
West Sussex
Hertfordshire
West Yorkshire
Isle of Wight
Wiltshire
Kent
Worcestershire
Wales
Blaenau Gwent
Bridgend
Caerphilly
Cardiff
Carmarthenshire
Ceredigion
Conwy
Denbighshire
Flintshire
Gwynedd
Isle of Anglesey
Merthyr Tydfil
Monmouthshire
Neath Port Talbot
Newport
Pembrokeshire
Powys
Rhondda Cynon Taf
Swansea
Torfaen
Vale of Glamorgan
Wrexham
Scotland
Aberdeen City
Aberdeenshire
Angus
Argyll and Bute
Clackmannanshire
Dumfries and Galloway
Dundee City
East Ayrshire
East Dunbartonshire
East Lothian
East Renfrewshire
Edinburgh
Falkirk
Fife
Glasgow
Highland
Inverclyde
Midlothian
Moray
Na h-Eileanan Siar
North Ayrshire
North Lanarkshire
Orkney Islands
Perth and Kinross
Renfrewshire
Scottish Borders
Shetland Islands
South Ayrshire
South Lanarkshire
Stirling
West Dunbartonshire
West Lothian
Ireland
Carlow
Cavan
Clare
Cork
Donegal
Dublin
Galway
Kerry
Kildare
Kilkenny
Laois
Leitrim
Limerick
Longford
Louth
Mayo
Meath
Monaghan
Offaly
Roscommon
Sligo
Tipperary
Waterford
Westmeath
Wexford
Wicklow
Northern Ireland
Antrim
Armagh
Derry / Londonderry
Down
Fermanagh
Tyrone
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level 35
Mar 23, 2019
Thanks so much for this one. I ran out of time and obviously need to learn the geography of wales, but enjoyed it immensely
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level ∞
Jun 4, 2019
Increased the time to 15 minutes
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level 78
Jun 4, 2019
What's the longest you can make it?
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level 57
Jun 5, 2019
1 hour is the maximum
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level 35
Mar 24, 2019
Also you might want to make a note that with scotland you're using the councils rather than the counties. granted politically councils serve the administrative positions of counties while the traditional scottish counties are more more for military concerns.
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level 56
Oct 1, 2019
Some of the English ones aren't counties either, or the council area does not match the county area - Lancashire and Cheshire being good examples. The word 'County' is being phased out of local authorities as it has caused no end of confusion since the 1970s.
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level 71
Jun 4, 2019
Great!
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level 77
Jun 4, 2019
Fun and challenging!
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level 69
Jun 4, 2019
Fine!
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level 76
Jun 5, 2019
I did pretty well on England (except Berkshire, which I swear I always forget), but I definitely need to brush up on the others. A fine quiz, though: I was hoping that the various county quizzes would be combined eventually.
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level 68
Aug 12, 2019
Sounds like me.
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level 83
Jun 5, 2019
Is there a reason the Irish counties aren't sorted alphabetically in the list?
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level ∞
Jun 5, 2019
No, fixed
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level 57
Jun 5, 2019
It looks as if I was half way through ordering the Irish counties and then just stopped to do something else and forgot to finish it before releasing the quiz back in March. Oh well. QM fixed it now - thanks!
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level 82
Jun 5, 2019
Ireland ruined me.
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level 61
Jun 5, 2019
I remembered mayo and kerry and kilkenny haha, they stood out to me when I was on holiday in ireland. (though english doesnt have kerry I think you call it currypowder, so it is less funny)
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level 54
Aug 17, 2019
You're from Flanders/ the Netherlands, right?
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level 61
Jun 5, 2019
Lothian sounds like it is from lord of the rings, galloway from dr who and vale of glamorgan could be king arthur :)
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level 43
Jun 10, 2019
Great quiz, thank you
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level 66
Jul 4, 2019
Beautiful! Any chance you could do one with the traditional counties of Scotland, as opposed to the council areas?
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level 66
Jul 5, 2019
Enjoyed this quiz a lot :) Got all of England and Wales but need to work on my geography in the rest of Britain and Ireland (managed a few extra Scottish ones thanks to Gloryhammer though).
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level 44
Aug 11, 2019
Out of sheer despair tried Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwyrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch
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level 29
Aug 11, 2019
for me this quiz was too short needed an extra 5 mins for the last 30 :)
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level 57
Aug 11, 2019
Added another 3 minutes!
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level 77
Aug 11, 2019
I got 24. Only good for 1 point.
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level 79
Aug 11, 2019
I find you have to spell the Counties of Wales very Caerphilly.
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level 23
Aug 12, 2019
A lot of cheaters obviously... or maybe I just don't spend enough time studying foreign counties here in Aus.
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level 53
Aug 12, 2019
Missed 1 - East Lothian... What did I type in to get Na h-Eileanan Siar? I definitely didn't type that out so what's it also known as?
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level 57
Aug 12, 2019
Hebrides and Western Isles is accepted for Na h-Eileanan, so perhaps one of those?
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level 53
Aug 13, 2019
Ah yes, Hebrides I tried, cheers Stewart. Enjoyed that quiz!
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level 30
Aug 12, 2019
The Rep of Ireland is not in the British Isles. Please delete the Rep from this quiz. It's insulting to Irush people.
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level 57
Aug 12, 2019

Source: British Isles

I quote from the very first line of this:

The British Isles are a group of islands in the North Atlantic off the north-western coast of continental Europe that consist of the islands of Great Britain, Ireland, the Isle of Man, the Hebrides and over six thousand smaller isles.

Ireland always has, and always will be, part of the British Isles. The British Isles is a geographical definition, not a political one. British Isles ≠ United Kingdom.

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level 25
Aug 12, 2019
From the same Wikipedia page: “The term "British Isles" is controversial in Ireland, where there are nationalist objections to its usage. The Government of Ireland does not officially recognise the term,and its embassy in London discourages its use. Britain and Ireland is used as an alternative description,and Atlantic Archipelago has also seen limited use in academia.” It’s a highly insulting term to the Irish.
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level 30
Aug 12, 2019
Britain does not own Ireland. Never will again. British Isles denotes ownership. Get over it and move on.
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level ∞
Aug 14, 2019
People are so salty about this! Guys its not like Stewart said something crazy like Cyprus is in Asia.
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level 25
Aug 15, 2019
You need to educate yourselves. Ireland does not use this term. It’s insulting. It’s offensive. Millions of Irish lost their lives at the hand of the British Empire, so when Ireland gained independence, the term British Isles disappeared. There is a wikipedia page on the dispute over its usage! I’m not “salty”, I’m insulted that you won’t change it’s title. Irish people don’t get offended easily, believe me. But this is wrong. You are wrong to use this term. The Irish don’t use it. Please have some respect.
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level 56
Oct 1, 2019
Perhaps the term Irish Sea should be changed, as it suggests ownership in the same way.
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level 25
Aug 12, 2019
The Republic of Ireland is not a part of the British Isles. The term “British Isles” is insulting to the people of the Republic of Ireland. This is an old and outdated term used for the islands of Great Britain and Ireland. Out of respect for the Republic of Ireland, I suggest you remove ROI or change the title.
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level ∞
Aug 12, 2019
Stewart has already posted his reply and I agree with him.
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level 30
Aug 12, 2019
You're wrong. Neither the Irish or British governments ever use the term. Delete Ireland from this quiz now. Show some respect.
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level 25
Aug 13, 2019
There are alternative terms that are less insulting that can be used. The Irish do not use this term as it is insulting to many Irish, as this term was created when under British rule. It’s associated with the British Empire. It may be a geographical term, and not political, but Irish do not use it as it comes with a long history. There is a Wikipedia page about the dispute over this name, suggesting more neutral terms that are not offensive to the Irish people. This is a good quiz, but please, I really would suggest using a different term. It’s not fair on the many Irish who are insulted by this term.
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level 53
Aug 12, 2019
As somebody from Ireland I can say that the British Isles is not an insulting term it is not a political term it is a geographical term.
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level 30
Aug 12, 2019
If that's what you think, then you're not Irish.
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level 53
Aug 13, 2019
Actually, opinions don't decide nationality Purplr. If he was born in Ireland, he's Irish. I was born in Ireland and I dont see it as insulting, yes there's a metaphorical asterisk beside the term but its' geographical.
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level 44
Aug 31, 2019
The name 'Britain' was based on the Brittonic Celts. The name Britain honours Celtic reign of the isles and predates the Anglo Saxons. The UK calls itself after the island. The term "British Isles" should not upset anyone because it is strictly geographic term that describes a series of islands which are geographically linked. And Irish (including myself) should not be upset, because the name Britain has more significant Celtic connotations than Anglo Saxon connotations.
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level 53
Aug 13, 2019
I've lived in Ireland my whole life I'm the most Irish person you can get
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level 57
Aug 15, 2019
To Taro, beccafinner and Purplr:

After reading into the situation more thoroughly, it seems the term can be perceived as derogatory by nationalists. I'd like to mention that I did confer with Irish friends of mine, all of whom said that the term is acceptable here.

Despite the fact the term is clearly used as exclusively geographic in this quiz, and not suggesting that Ireland is claimed by the UK in any way whatsoever, I have decided to include "Ireland" in the title of this quiz now, simply to appease both sides. The quiz will continue to use the accurate geographical term of "British Isles", but also include Ireland separately to stop this debacle.

It turns out when people post several long comments on your quiz complaining so vibrantly, most creators are bound to succumb to the stress of it at some point.

I hope this appeases your concerns, and I'm sorry if the term caused you distress, this was obviously not the intention of the quiz

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level ∞
Aug 15, 2019
Thoughts on whether we should allow the creator of a quiz to delete comments on their own quizzes? I am leaning towards yes. I would have deleted these comments myself (especially since these users haven't made other non-inflammatory comments on the site) except that you are an experienced quizmaker and can deal with it.
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level 57
Aug 15, 2019
Perhaps instead of being deleted, simply being hidden? Similar to how reddit handles it, where the commenter can see their comment and doesn't know the difference, but everybody else doesn't see the comment at all.

Another alternative would be to allow comments to be collapsed by the quizmaker, that way comments are there to be read, but are slim and collapsed by default as to not clog the comments up.

I don't think silencing people's opinion is necessarily a good thing, however comments here were beginning to be uncivilised and direct attacks. As you say, I and others can and have dealt with it many times before, but simply deleting them entirely I think would cause problems.

Personally I think collapsing them could be a good approach, similar to how other websites deal with downvoted comments.
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level 44
Aug 31, 2019
Ireland is part of the British isles. British isles is a geographic non political term. "British Isles and Ireland" therefore does not make sense.
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level 57
Aug 31, 2019
Read all the comments above. I can't satisfy everybody with this.
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level 46
Sep 6, 2019
Great quiz, and I'm staying out of the whole British Isles controversy... Bit odd that in Scotland I can type n ayr for North Ayrshire, but in England I need north york for North Yorkshire.
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level 60
Sep 25, 2019
As far as the British Isles thing goes this is a good compromise, nice job Stewart :)