Information Carlingford Ireland
Carlingford itself can be found on the northern side of the Cooley Peninsula in Northern Ireland. On the shore you will see the twelfth century King Johnís Castle in the fishing harbour. On the village promenade is Taafeís Castle, a tower house from four hundred years later. You can take the Tain Trail, a hill walk, out of the village and it will eventually lead you back down into the village. The Tain is an Irish legend concerning Celtic and Ulster folk hero Cuchulainn. The legend is known as The Cattle Raid of Cooley in English, and it deals with Cuchalainnís death as he tries to scupper Queen Maeve of Ulsterís attempts to capture a bull from cattle owner Daire McFiachna. Her need for a bull is due to her jealousy at her husbandís ownership of a fertile bull, which is the one possession he owns that she doesnít have one of herself. Set as the Tain is between forces of Ulster and Connaught, the Tain Trail is an appropriate title for the hill walk, set as it is right on the border between North and South. The walk is signposted for an enjoyable and not too difficult climb. The Mourne Mountains can be seen at their best from the saddle of the pass on the Tain Trail. Mountains to note include Slievemartin, Slieve Muck and Slieve Binnian. The Big River can be seen, moving towards Dundalk Bay. A huge length of coastline can also be seen, running fifteen miles southward. More adventurous hill-walkers can continue up to the summit of Slieve Foye to get an even better view, but if you donít have the energy, you can use the signposted Tain Trail to make your journey back down.
Attractions Carlingford Ireland
County Museum - Dundalk
Located at Jocelyn Street, Dundalk, in a beautifully restored late 18th century warehouse, the County Museum hosts a wide variety of events and activities. The County Museum tells the story of Louth's archaeological, social, natural and industrial heritage. The displays present the origins and evolution of the County from the Mesolithic period to the present day.
Holy Trinity Heritage Centre - Carlingford
Located at Old Quay Lane, Carlingford, in a restored medieval church, the Holy Trinity Centre houses exhibits which detail the development of the town from its Norman origins through the use of Video presentations. From the centre the street and monuments of this ancient place can be explored.
Millmount Museum - Droghedra
Located in Drogheda in the Officer's Quarters of a former military barracks built in 1808, the museum has been described as one of the finest town museums in Ireland. The Museum houses a wide variety of artifacts of local and national importance. Popular exhibits include an authentic 18th century Irish Folk Kitchen, Dairy and Laundry, and the Irish History Room detailing the major events in Ireland's history.
Monasterboice - Collon
Located at Collon, Monasterboice is known for its remains of the monastic settlement founded by Saint Buite in the fifth century. The remains consist of an old graveyard, two churches, three sculptured crosses, two early grave slabs and a sundial. The South church is the older of the two and it still has the remains of the chancel arch. The smaller church is situated beside the Round Tower and has no trace of a chancel. The Round Tower is about 100ft high.
Old Mellifont Abbey - Droghedra
The first Cistercian monastery in Ireland founded in 1142 by St. Malachy of Armagh, its most unusual feature is the octagonal Lavabo c.1200. The Visitor Centre houses an interesting exhibition on the work of masons in the Middle Ages with fine examples of their craft on display.