the largest provincial town in Ireland, was formerly founded in
the 12th century by the Norman Knight - Bertram de Verdon. The
area around Dundalk is steeped in history and legend. It was originally
settled more than 5,000 years ago by Mesolithic man who settled
along the shoreline. Dundalk takes its name from Dun Dealan, Dalga's
fort home of the mythical warrior Cuchulainn.
of medieval Dundalk remains today with preserved buildings in
the town centre. Dundalk's rich and chequered history is now
housed in a magnificent Museum- developed over three floors
in a restored distillery building. The Museum has become a landmark
for the town with a superb audio visual centre and exhibition
and gallery areas.
day Dundalk is the principal industrial centre of north Leinster.
With a population of 26,000, Dundalk is ideally situated mid-way
between the cities of Belfast and Dublin, on the eastern seaboard
of Ireland. Dundalk is both the capital and the administrative
centre for County Louth.
is poised to become a high-technology town with the arrival
of ICL and the new Xerox plant. With an investment in excess
of US$400 million by Xerox, 2,000 new jobs will come on stream
at full production. The growth of technology based industries
in the area is supported by the Dundalk Institute of Technology.
Port of Dundalk has played an important role in the development
of the town. The main cargo imports are grain, coal, animal
feed and oil products. The local export market includes peat
mosses, stone and scrap metal.
Dundalk is the gateway to the beautiful and unspoilt Cooley
Peninsula. Visitors can enjoy water sports, sea angling and
hill walking in this charming pocket of Ireland. Golf enthusiasts
will find several top class golf courses in the immediate area.
Horse and greyhound racing is both readily available.
The town of Dundalk also offers excellent shopping facilities,
restaurants, character pubs with live Irish music and quality
accommodation. The vibrant cultural calendar of Dundalk is highlighted
by the International Maytime Drama Festival, attracting many
overseas visitors to the town.
Only an hour from Belfast and Dublin Airports by car makes Dundalk
an ideal destination for both business and pleasure.
Dundalk is twinned with the town of Reze in France.
details for Dundalk
Dundalk Urban District Council
Tel: (353) 042 9332276
Chamber of Commerce
(353) 042 9336343
(353) 042 9335484
(353) 042 9334075
Rail (Iarnrod Eireann)
(353) 042 9335521