Drogheda is one of Ireland’s oldest and most historical towns. The town received its charter in 1194 AD by the Norman King John but the history of the region extends further back into the legends of the arrival of the Celts in Ireland. The town is known as the “Gateway to the Boyne Valley” and rightly so as it is situated only a few kilometes from this historic area which contains hundreds of antiquities including Brú na Bóinne, the massive ancient passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. Drogheda has also been associated with a huge number of significant events in Irish history including – The Battle of the Boyne, St Oliver Plunkett, Poynings Law, Cromwell’s Siege and the surrender of the Irish Chieftains to the English King.
Today, Drogheda is one of most rapidly developing towns in the country. Located just 28 miles (45K) north of Dublin city, it is very accessible to the capital via the new M1 motorway which has significantly decreased travelling times between the two locations. There are also regular bus and rail services linking Drogheda to all surrounding areas, and minutes away from the beach towns of “Meath’s Gold Coast.” Drogheda offers you a unique opportunity to experience the “craic,” folklore and history of the area.
Be sure to stop by Carley’s Pub, 51 Fair St, Drogheda 041 983 8026 for some great local swill.