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County Louth is nestled on the north-eastern seaboard of Leinster, ideally positioned midway between the cities of Dublin and Belfast. Ireland's smallest county covers an area of 318 square miles with a population in excess of 92,000. The name of Louth is derived from the Irish word "Lu", referring to the River Lud or hollow. County Louth has a rich medieval past and contains some fine heritage sites including the monastic Mellifont Abbey, the stones of Proleek Dolmen, the striking High Crosses and round tower at Monasterboice and the ancient site of the Battle of the Boyne. The historic towns of Drogheda, Dundalk, Carlingford and Ardee are full of interesting heritage buildings.

Visitors to County Louth can enjoy a wide range of activities set in some Ireland's most picturesque scenery. Louth boasts of no less than 10 superb golf courses, 3 Blue Flag beaches and 3 adventure centres. The breathtaking Cooley Peninsula with its heather-clad mountains offers marvellous walking and cycling. Swimming, boating and sea angling can be found along County Louth's sandy coastline. To the south of the county lies the doorway to the beautiful Boyne Valley.

  Principle towns of County Louth

Dundalk is the county capital and is the administrative centre of the county. Other principle townships in County Louth are Drogheda, Ardee and the heritage town of Carlingford. Please see our individual town guides for further information.

  Business Information

County Louth is fast becoming one of Ireland's principal industrial centres. With the demise of local cigarette manufacturing and automation of the brewing industry, Louth has attracted new growth in the engineering and IT sectors. Two thirds of the county's population lives in Dundalk and Drogheda thus giving rise to greater urban development. Multinationals ICL and Xerox, with their new Xerox Technology Park, dominate the software manufacturing in County Louth. This initiative by Xerox will make Ireland their manufacturing base for Europe.

The extensive foods and drinks production in Louth includes meat processing, Heinz Custom Foods, Coca-Cola and Irish company - Boyne Valley Foods. New industry is assisted by Enterprise Ireland, the IDA, the Louth County Enterprise Board and the Louth Leader Board.

Cross border trade is well supported by and represented in County Louth with the development programme Acumen and the Chamberlink programme via the Dundalk Chamber of Commerce. Regular initiatives and conferences are held to promote trade between the border towns.

County Louth's ideal location midway between Dublin and Belfast, the motorway links south into County Dublin and the proximity of deep sea ports to Dundalk and Drogheda all contribute to the successful business development of the county.

Helpful contact details for business enquiries
Enterprise Ireland Tel (353) 042 9338371
Louth County Council Tel (353) 042 9335457
Louth County Enterprise Board Tel (353) 042 9327099
Louth Leader II Board Tel (353) 042 6856804
TEASASC Tel (353) 042 9332263
Dundalk Chamber of Commerce Tel (353) 042 9336343
Drogheda Chamber of Commerce Tel (353) 041 9833544
IDA Ireland Regional Office Tel (353) 042 9331261
Other sources of finance applicable to business start up, development and acquisition, and related agencies are as follows:
Credit Unions: TEL (353) 01 490 8911
National Irish Bank: TEL (353) 01 678 5066
Ulster Bank (Small Enterprise Unit): TEL (353) 01 677 7623
Bank of Ireland Enterprise Support Unit: contact any branch
Allied Irish Bank Strategic Development
Business Banking:
TEL (353) 01 660 0311
Smurfit Job Creation Enterprise Fund: TEL (353) 01 478 4091

The Dept. Of Enterprise, Trade and Employment: TEL (353) 01 661 4444; www.irlgov.ie/entemp has extensive and very helpful advice on all aspects of business employment in Ireland, including a business start up information pack which is superbly put together and includes everything from planning, funding, locating, employing people and business development.

  Travel (see also town guides)

County Louth is close to the major points of entry to Ireland on the east coast. The nearest international airports are Aer Rianta Dublin to the south and Belfast International Airport to the north. The seaports of Dun Laoghaire in County Dublin and Larne in County Antrim offer a wide choice of ferry services.
The main trunk road from Dublin to Belfast crosses the county making Louth easily accessible from other parts of Ireland. Bus Eireann operate an efficient bus service throughout the county. Irish Rail's train service from Dublin to Belfast runs through Drogheda and Dundalk in County Louth.

Airports
Belfast International Airport (44) 01849 422888
www.bial.co.uk

Aer Rianta Dublin Airport (353) 01 814 1111
www.dublin-airport.com

Ferry
P&O European Ferries (44) 0870 2424777
www.poef.com

Stena Line (353) 01 2047700
www.stenaline.com

Irish Ferries (353) 01 555 1995
www.irishferries.ie

Train
Iarnrod Eireann - Irish Rail (353) 041 9838749
www.club.ie/railnet

Bus
Bus Eireann (353) 042 9334075
www.buseireann.ie

Tourism, Leisure, Accommodation (please see town guides)

     
 
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