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Carlow, with an area of 346 square miles, is the smallest county but one of the Irish counties. Its eastern part, through which the River Slaney flows, is an extension of the Wicklow granite area; and this rock forms the long ridge of the Blackstairs Moutains along the Wexford border to the south-east. West of this lies the fertile limestone land of the Barrow valley, beyond which, in the north-west, is pleasant upland country, shared by Carlow with the counties of Kilkenny and Laois. The county has some pleasant scenery, interesting ancient monuments and facilities for angling, shooting, hunting and golf. Numerous walks and tours may be made from the various centres, and in the Blackstairs Mountains there is scope for the climber and ridge-walker. The following families are the most common surnames in Co. Carlow during the past two centuries, byrne, brennan, gahan, hayden, mcdonald, whelan, neill, nolan, ryan, cahill, carew, doyle, fortune, cavanagh, kavanagh, kinsella, bolger, .