Welcome To Drogheda


Drogheda is a historic town, built in grey stone on the famed Boyne river. St Peterís Church in the town is located on West Street.
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Information Drogheda Ireland

A great panorama of the town of Dundalk can be seen from the ancient mound of Millmount. Dotted along the coast of Ireland is a series of Martello towers, built as defences against a possible invasion by Napoleon Bonaparte in the early nineteenth century. One of them crowns Millmount. Below it, there is a museum which features among its artefacts the nineteenth century banners of the trade societies of Drogheda on canvas. You can see the banners of shoemakers, weavers and carpenters Ė the only ones of their kind still in existence in Ireland. Drogheda Museum was a military barracks at an earlier stage in its life. Today, it is home to a wealth of material from ancient (and prehistoric) times to the present. Drogheda is a historic town, built in grey stone on the famed Boyne river. St Peterís Church in the town is located on West Street. It contains prison letters, a cell door and, rather eerily, the severed head of St Oliver Plunkett. The saint was Archbishop of Armagh in the seventeenth century. He was found guilty of treason and hanged, drawn and quartered. Near Drogheda you will also find Beaulieu (or Bewley) House. This architecturally significant house is post Restoration, a period when Irish landed gentry began to abandon their castles to build stately piles of luxury. The house dates from the 1660s and its present exterior state is unaltered since then. A castle once stood near where the house was built. The Plunkett family owned the estate until they were stripped of possessions following the successful campaigns of Oliver Cromwell. Until the nineteenth century, a high hedge surrounded the house. It was built in the artisan mannerist style, similar to many of the English homes at the time built by people of the upper classes. With its seven bays and two storeys, itís worth viewing.

Attractions Drogheda Ireland

County Museum - Dundalk

Located at Jocelyn Street, Dundalk, in a beautifully restored late 18th century warehouse, the County Museum hosts a wide variety of events and activities. The County Museum tells the story of Louth's archaeological, social, natural and industrial heritage. The displays present the origins and evolution of the County from the Mesolithic period to the present day.

Holy Trinity Heritage Centre - Carlingford

Located at Old Quay Lane, Carlingford, in a restored medieval church, the Holy Trinity Centre houses exhibits which detail the development of the town from its Norman origins through the use of Video presentations. From the centre the street and monuments of this ancient place can be explored.

Millmount Museum - Droghedra

Located in Drogheda in the Officer's Quarters of a former military barracks built in 1808, the museum has been described as one of the finest town museums in Ireland. The Museum houses a wide variety of artifacts of local and national importance. Popular exhibits include an authentic 18th century Irish Folk Kitchen, Dairy and Laundry, and the Irish History Room detailing the major events in Ireland's history.

Monasterboice - Collon

Located at Collon, Monasterboice is known for its remains of the monastic settlement founded by Saint Buite in the fifth century. The remains consist of an old graveyard, two churches, three sculptured crosses, two early grave slabs and a sundial. The South church is the older of the two and it still has the remains of the chancel arch. The smaller church is situated beside the Round Tower and has no trace of a chancel. The Round Tower is about 100ft high.

Old Mellifont Abbey - Droghedra

The first Cistercian monastery in Ireland founded in 1142 by St. Malachy of Armagh, its most unusual feature is the octagonal Lavabo c.1200. The Visitor Centre houses an interesting exhibition on the work of masons in the Middle Ages with fine examples of their craft on display.