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 (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?”

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