Millmount Martello Tower is located in Drogheda in county Louth. This is Drogheda’s most dominant feature and it’s most strategic location. Legend says it is the burial place of Amhairghin, a mythical Celtic poet and it has also been suggested this site is a large passage grave similar to Newgrange. Hugh De Lacy, one of the most powerful Normans who came to Ireland, built the original fortifications here in 1172 after having been granted ‘The Kingdom of Meath’ by Henry II. It also featured a few centuries later during ‘the Siege of Drogheda’ when it formed part of the main defense against Cromwell’s invasion of Ireland in 1649. The Royalist defenders in the fort attempted to surrender to the Cromwell’s Parliamentarian troops but were massacred when they gave themselves up. The original fortifications were demolished in 1808 when the British built Richmond Barracks and this tower. This fort saw no real action until it was considerably damaged by Free State forces during the Irish Civil War of 1922. It has since been restored by Drogheda Corporation and is now a museum.