This is the location where The Battle of the Boyne took place between King William of Orange and his father-in-law, King James II. It was was fought on 1 July 1690 at Oldbride in co.Louth (11 July according to our modern calendar). Both kings personally commanded their armies with 36,000 on the Williamite side and 25,000 on the Jacobite side – the largest number of troops ever deployed on an Irish battlefield. At stake was the British throne, French dominance in Europe and power in Ireland. A visitor centre is located in the recently restored 18th century Oldbridge House, which is on the battle site. In 2007, when Bertie Ahern and Ian Paisley stood together to watch a re-enactment of the battle a shout from the audience was heard  “Why haven’t these guns been decommissioned?”