County Louth

It is named after the village of Louth, which in turn is named after Lugh, a god of the ancient Irish. Historically, the placename has had various spellings; “Lugmad”, “Lughmhaigh”, and “Lughmhadh” . Lú is the modern simplified spelling.
County Louth is colloquially known as ‘The wee county’ as it is Ireland’s smallest county by area.

These are some of the most significant landmarks, buildings and monuments in County Louth

The Magdalene Tower, Drogheda. County Louth 1370

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This elegant Gothic belfry tower dates to 1370 and are the only remains of what was once the Dominican Friary of Saint Mary Magdalene. Lucas de Netterville, then Archbishop of Armagh, founded a monastery [...]

The Magdalene Tower, Drogheda. County Louth 13702020-04-25T19:17:34+00:00

Beaulieu House, Drogheda. County Louth 1680

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A rare example of an original 17th century mansion in Ireland The beautiful Beaulieu House is located 3 miles from the town of Drogheda in County Louth. This is a rare example of [...]

Beaulieu House, Drogheda. County Louth 16802020-04-29T19:35:38+00:00

Castle Roche, Dundalk. County Louth 1236

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One of Ireland's most striking Anglo-Norman castles but don't look out the window!  Castle Roche is one of the most striking Anglo-Norman castles in Ireland. It was built in 1236 by the De [...]

Castle Roche, Dundalk. County Louth 12362020-04-30T11:56:26+00:00

Ardee Castle, Ardee. County Louth 15th century

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One of the largest fortified medieval tower house in Ireland  Ardee Castle is located right on the main street of Ardee village in County Louth. It is the largest fortified medieval tower house [...]

Ardee Castle, Ardee. County Louth 15th century2020-04-30T11:50:23+00:00

Taaffe’s Castle, Carlingford. County Louth 1520

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The Earls of Carlingford with 5 Royal charters Taaffe's Castle is situated in the beautiful medieval town of Carlingford. It was built around 1520 as a fortified townhouse and a trading depot for [...]

Taaffe’s Castle, Carlingford. County Louth 15202020-04-30T11:39:54+00:00

St Laurence’s Gate, Drogheda. County Louth 1280

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The finest barbican in Ireland, Clear 360' views & Cromwell wrecking the place...again! St Laurence's Gate is located in Drogheda in county Louth. This interesting structure was built in 1280 just outside the [...]

St Laurence’s Gate, Drogheda. County Louth 12802020-04-26T15:53:06+00:00