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The historic town of Drogheda sits on the banks of the River Boyne to the south in County Louth. Settlers from prehistoric, Celtic, Viking and Norman eras have all shaped the township we see today. The first corporation of Drogheda was formed by the Normans in 1412. Formerly chartered in the late 12th century by Walter De Lacy, remnants of a medieval past can be found in the street layout and preserved buildings and monuments throughout the town.

The skyline of Drogheda is landmarked by several towering church spires and belfries. The imposing Gothic style church of St.Peter's is a fine display of decoration in local limestone. The church houses the National Shrine of St. Oliver Plunkett, martyred at Tyburn in 1681. The twin-towered St Laurence's Gate , built in the 13th century, is probably the best preserved medieval town gate in Ireland. It continues to preside over the people of Drogheda, some seven hundred years on. The award winning Millmount Museum contains a wide variety of town exhibits and national artifacts. This excellent attraction also has a craft centre and restaurant.

Modern day Drogheda is a thriving and bustling town with a population in excess of 25,000. Contemporary architecture has blended with ancient buildings to create a rare mix of new and old. Drogheda is a shopper's delight with a wide variety of well- known stores, galleries, craft shops and shopping centres.

Drogheda is only 30 minutes from Dublin Airport and under two hours by car from Belfast International and City Airports. It is fast becoming a popular commuter's destination to live with all the facilities of a well-serviced town. There is a daily rail service to Dublin City from Drogheda, offering a fast and efficient option for those working in Dublin.

The seaport of Drogheda was traditionally used for the export of linen, beer and shoes in the 19th and early 20th centuries. The port that used to import coal, unrefined edible oils and chemicals now brings in timber from Sweden and the Baltic States for use in Ireland's building industry and to be processed into much of the paper used by the print media for Irish newspapers and magazines.

The administrative body is Drogheda Corporation who are responsible for the maintenance of the town services, roads and water supply. The Drogheda Chamber of Commerce are very active within the business community to promote economic development in the area.

Visitors to Drogheda can enjoy an array of excellent restaurants, fine dining, colourful bistros and coffee shops. There is accommodation in the town for every need from luxurious hotels with leisure centres to friendly B & Bs. Traditional Irish music can be found in several character pubs in town.

For the outdoor enthusiast, fishing on the River Boyne is readily available. The stretch between Drogheda and Navan is renowned for its salmon angling. There are seven golf courses in the hinterland including the prestigious County Louth Golf Course.

Twinning
Drogheda is twinned with the town of Bronte in Sicily.

Useful contact details for Drogheda

Corporation of Drogheda

Tel: (353) 041 9833511
Drogheda Chamber of Commerce Tel: (353) 041 9833511
Drogheda Bus Eireann Tel: (353) 041 9835023
Train Station Tel: (353) 041 9838749
Golf Club Tel: (353) 041 9822329
     
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