This interesting structure was built in 1280 just outside the original walls of Drogheda to add extra protection for the town. It is described as a ‘barbican’ and is regarded as the finest example in the country. It consists of two lofty circular towers, connected together by a wall, in which there is an archway. It is only when you climb to the top of the barbican with it’s perfect 360 degree views that you understand why it was built at this strategic location. In the 14th century the Anglo Normans built Drogheda into one of Ireland’s largest fortified towns comprising of 113┬áthirteen acres and 10 gates. The walls and gates of Drogheda held out twice to strong invasions by Edward Bruce’s army in 1317 and again to Sir Phelim O’Neill in 1647. Cromwell however breached the walls in 1649 and sacked the town, massacring 2000 Royalist sympathizers and deporting hundreds of captives as slaves to Barbados. The barbican was renamed ‘St Laurence’s Gate’ in the 14th century as the street in front of the gate lead to St Laurence’s Hospital.

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