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Dundalk is midway between Dublin and Belfast making it an easily accessible destination both by rail and road. Ideal for a range of breaks from an action packed activity break to a relaxing weekend or shopping break, Dundalk has it all to offer catering for all age groups. For more information on the area please contact the
Dundalk Tourist Office,
Tel: 042 9352111
(Open all year round)
Louth County Hospital….042 9334701
Garda Station……………042 9335577
Fire Brigade ……………..042 9334666
Dundalk Library …………042 9353190
Post Office Hours
9.30am-5.30pm Mon-Fri & 10am-1pm Sat
Dundalk Bus Station……. 042 9334075
Dundalk Train Station……042 9335526
Matthews Coach Hire www.matthews.ie
Dundalk Map and Tourist Information
Market Square & Courthouse
This European style piazza is the jewel in Dundalk’s crown. Unwind in the heart of the town with a frothy cappuccino - catch a front row seat alongside the Táin Warriors and experience Dundalk life go by as the majestic fountain dances to the beat of the town with a dazzling range of displays! The Market Square is overlooked by Dundalk Courthouse (thought to be based on the portico design and dimensions of the Temple of Theseus in Athens) and on Earl St stands the sculpture of a ‘Torc’ to commemorate the historic visit and speech of former U.S. President Bill Clinton in November 2000.
An Táin Arts Centre is the hub for arts and culture in Dundalk, providing a diverse programme of local arts, national tours, workshops, visual arts and in-house productions. An Táin Arts Centre is the new independent arts space and cultural quarter for Dundalk, Co. Louth based in the former Táin theatre, Town Hall, Crowe Street. The centre houses a 360 seat theatre, a 55 seat studio, a visual arts gallery and several workshop spaces. This beautiful building is one of the jewels in Dundalk Crown, a small palazzo. www.antain.ie
Franciscan Friary - Seatown Tower
Medieval Dundalk became a major walled town but almost nothing of the medieval town remains. Almost the only exception is a tower of the Franciscan friary. The friary was founded in the 1200s. In 1315 it was plundered and 22 friars were killed, and over the ensuring years battles and attacks on Dundalk took their toll on the Franciscan Friary - by 1540 only the crossing tower you see today still remains. It is known locally as Seatown Tower. Generations of children in Ireland have heard the many stories of Saint Francis of Assisi, patron saint of animals.
Located in a beautifully restored 18th century warehouse, the award-
winning county museum traces the history of Dundalk and County Louth from the Mesolithic era to the modern day through a variety of interactive displays. With three floors of permanent exhibitions and a changing and extensive programme of temporary displays covering drama, music recitals, storytelling festivals, lecture and film, the museum has something of interest for everyone and is well worth a visit. Kids love the 1966 Heinkel bubble car exhibit! Pre-book a guided heritage walking tour: April - Oct 042 9327056.
Bridge Street Studios is home to 9 artists and crafts people who work in a variety of different disciplines including ceramics, painting, textiles, metalwork, sculpture, print and jewellery. The Studio is also home to 'The Gateway Gallery', this permanent gallery space is dedicated to exhibiting the work of Bridge Street Studios members. A wide range of art and craftwork is on display and available for purchase. 042 9351712. Other areas showcasing the town’s Arts and Cultural heritage are the County Library, The Basement Gallery and An Tain Theatre both located in the Town Hall and the Mac Anna theatre in DKIT.
Another museum to visit in Dundalk showcasing our proud industrial past is the Railway Museum in Clarke Station, home to the Great Northern Railway. It features memorabilia and photographs spanning over the last century.
Oriel Centre, Dundalk Gaol
The Oriel Centre based in historic Dundalk Gaol, is a Regional Centre for one of the worlds largest cultural movements - Comhaltas CeoltoirÌ Eireann. The Centre combines the role of resource centre, visitor attraction, social & performance space, whilst providing facilities for teaching, archives, recording, rehearsal, performance & session playing. Open to visitors throughout the year with guided history tours.
Concerts & gigs featuring Traditional Irish Music performances regularly available. Contact 042 9328887 or visit our website www.orielcentre.ie
The Pro Cathedral of St. Patrick
The Pro Cathedral of St. Patrick was built after Catholic emancipation became law in 1829. The Cathedral was built between 1837 and 1848 with money raised entirely by local parishioners. The architect designed it, using the chapel at King’s College in Cambridge, England, as his inspiration. St. Patrick, the patron Saint of Ireland, travelled through County Louth many times and has a special place in the hearts of local people.
This site is important in Irish mythology as it is said to be the birthplace of the legendary warrior Cúchulainn. Castletown Motte/castle is built on this site, a pre-Christian fort called DúnDealga, meaning 'The Fort of Dealga' The motte is a ruin of a late 18th century castellated house and was built by Patrick Byrne, an infamous pirate in 1780.
Proleek Dolmen, Dundalk
At first glance you will see a modern-day vibrant multi-cultural town and at the heart of it, a European style piazza with people drinking frothy cappuccinos, watching their children run through the magnificent fountain. As you explore more of the town and surrounding areas you will see an abundance of modern and medieval architecture side by side, churches, crosses and statues beside ancient pagan holy wells, and contemporary art depicting legendary tales from early Irish literature. A bird’s eye view will bear witness to Dundalk’s relationship to its bay, which is the most important site in Ireland for over-wintering birds. Against the breathtaking views of the Cooley Peninsula, land and sea gradually give way, one to the other. Dundalk is built where the river enters the estuary and then falls into one of the largest, shallowest bays in Ireland, a result of the last Ice Age, whose
traces dominate our region’s landscape.
DkIT - Located on the outskirts of the town, is not only a Centre of Excellence in Learning and Teaching but also home away from home for 5000 Irish and International scholars. For information on Schools and Departments within the DkITcall 042 9370200. www.dkit.ie
St Nicholas Church of Ireland
This 13th century church with its distinctive spire (locally known as the green church) has been much modified over the centuries. It is like a jigsaw puzzle of medieval, post medieval and modern building pieces. In the adjoining graveyard is the grave of Agnes Galt, sister of the renowned Scottish poet Robbie Burns.
Blackrock Village, Co. Louth
The seaside village of Blackrock lies on the shores of Dundalk Bay, just 10 minutes drive from Dundalk. With it’s beautiful promenade, variety of beaches, seafront cafes and traditional tearooms, it is the ideal location to enjoy a relaxing afternoon and take in spectactular views of Dundalk Bay and the Cooley Peninsula.
Mourne Cooley Gullion Geotourism
On Dundalk’s Doorstep you will find over 400 million years of geological history! Of the many areas of outstanding natural beauty across Ireland, the region covering the Cooley Peninsula, Ring of Gullion and Mourne Mountains is exceptional. It is an area rich in geology, archaeology and heritage set against the spectacular landscape of the Mourne Cooley Gullion Region.
For over 6000 years people have lived here and have left behind rich legacies from bygone eras. A long time ago, in ancient Ireland...it was prophesied that a fierce warrior would be born and that his great deeds would give him everlasting fame. County Louth is central to Ireland's most famous and fantastic myths, in Ancient Ireland wars were fought over many things, the most famous being the Táin Bó Cúailnge (The Cattle Raid of Cooley) in which a war was waged over a brown bull. The hero of this legend is Cúchulainn, Ireland's greatest warrior! The story of the Táin was first committed to written word in the 11th century, and again in the 12th and 14th centuries. Historians, folklorists and archaeologists believe that the Táin is set in the Irish Iron Age dating between 500BC to 500AD. People living in Ireland at this time
were known as the Celts. The legend of the ‘Cattle Raid of Cooley’ provided Ireland with its greatest hero and hurler, and provided us with evidence that the *art of hurling dates back to the Iron Age.
Dundalk and its hinterlands are a wonderful place to visit. It is one of Ireland’s largest towns, and it is in the smallest county in Ireland, affectionately known as the ‘wee county’ Here you will find the perfect combination of old world folklore (home to Lugh the pre-Christian God of Light, and Brigid the Goddess of Fertility and Healing), mighty warriors, druids, saints and scholars, blended with a more tangible history and heritage consisting of Cúchulainn’s Castle, a megalithic dolman, monastic round towers, high crosses and a Franciscan Friary to name but a few.
Our rich heritage is part of our living history and our daily lives, Dundalk’s official town crest reads “Mé do rug Cú Chulainn Cróga”, meaning "I gave birth to brave Cú Chulainn"
Explore our unique town using the following Self Guided Walking Tours 1.Heritage 2.Arts 3.Parks and Leisure 4. ‘Echoes of Dundalk’ historical photographs. The tours take you on a journey into our past, encompassing our rich heritage, history, industry and architecture. Experience our living history with a visit to St. Patrick’s Cathedral and the many other churches that adorn our streets including St. Nicholas Church of Ireland dating from the 13th century known locally as the ‘Green Church’.