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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
Drogheda is twinned with the town of Bronte in Sicily.
details for Drogheda
Corporation of Drogheda
Tel: (353) 041 9833511
Chamber of Commerce
(353) 041 9833511
(353) 041 9835023
(353) 041 9838749
(353) 041 9822329