The History of the naming of County Laois and County Offaly

Tomorrow’s genealogy radio show is going to be about the history of the naming of Laois as Queen’s County and Offaly as King’s County. Popular practice for English monarchs to name locations after people. For instance Queens in New York was established as one of the 12 counties of NY being named after the Portuguese Princess Catherine of Braganza, the wife of Charles II of England in 1683.
Only Queen’s county and King’s County was over one hundred years earlier during the Tudor rule of Mary, a.k.a Bloody Mary, Queen Mary I, the infamous monarch known as a burner of heretics. Kings county was named after husband King Philip II of Spain. You can tune in via your computer live at 4p.m. for Raidio Corcabaiscinn and the genealogy radio show or pick it up later on the podcast.

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