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Drogheda
Droichead Átha
Coat of arms of Drogheda
Location
WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates:
53°42′50″N 6°21′01″W / 53.713889, -6.350278
Irish Grid Reference
O088754
Statistics
Province: Leinster
County: County Louth
Elevation: 1 m
Population (2006)
 - Proper
 - Environs
 
 28,973[1]
 6,117[1]
Website: www.droghedaboro.ie

Drogheda ([drɒhədə]) or [drɔ:də]) (Droichead Átha in Irish, meaning "Bridge of the Ford") is an industrial and port town in County Louth on the east coast of Ireland, 56 km (35 mi) north of Dublin. Within legally defined boundaries, Drogheda is the second largest town in Ireland, behind its county neighbour, Dundalk; however, the town's total population (including suburbs and environs) is recorded to be 35,090, five inhabitants more than Dundalk.[1] The River Boyne, split the town in half between County Meath and County Louth until the enactment of the Local Government (Ireland) Act 1898 which saw a large area of Drogheda, south of the Boyne signed over to form part of an extended Co Louth. With the passing of the County of Louth and Borough of Drogheda (Boundaries) Provisional Order, 1976, County Louth again grew larger at the expense of County Meath. However the 2007 - 2013 Meath County Development Plan recognises the Drogheda environs as a primary growth centre on par with Navan. This plan in conjunction with ambitious plans for growth to the north of the town by Louth County Council will growth for Drogheda in the future, despite not obtaining Gateway status in the Irish government's National Spatial Strategy. Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... Bullet for locations in Ireland, displays location and not area. ... Wikipedia does not have an article with this exact name. ... GPS redirects here. ... The Irish national grid reference system is a system of geographic grid references commonly used in Ireland. ... When under Gaelic rule, Ireland was divided into provinces to replace the earlier system of the túatha. ... Statistics Area: 19,774. ... For much of its history, the island of Ireland was divided into 32 counties (Irish language contae or condae, pronounced IPA: ). Two historical counties, County Desmond and County Coleraine, no longer exist, while several county names have changed. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Dundalk Code: LH Area: 820 km² Population (2006) 110,894 Website: www. ... Elevation histogram of the surface of the Earth – approximately 71% of the Earths surface is covered with water. ... City limits refers to the defined limits of a citys area. ... Articles with similar titles include the NATO phonetic alphabet, which has also informally been called the “International Phonetic Alphabet”. For information on how to read IPA transcriptions of English words, see IPA chart for English. ... Statistics Province: Leinster County Town: Dundalk Code: LH Area: 820 km² Population (2006) 110,894 Website: www. ... For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 54. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ...


In recent years Drogheda has been shedding its industrial image, as an increasing number of people employed in the retail, services and technology sectors have been looking to the local economy instead of Dublin for employment.

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History

Commemoration of Official Charter
Commemoration of Official Charter

The town is located close to the site of Newgrange, a burial mound constructed around 3200 BC. A trading post and settlement existed on the site of the town from Roman times and was known as Inver Colpa. The town itself was founded in 911 by the Danes and officially chartered as a town in 1194. The Irish Parliament moved to the town in 1494 and passed Poyning's Law a year later. The town was besieged twice during the Irish Confederate Wars (see the siege of Drogheda). On the second occasion it was taken by Oliver Cromwell in September 1649, as part of the Cromwellian conquest of Ireland. Drogheda was the site of an infamous massacre of the Royalist defenders. The Battle of the Boyne, 1690, occurred some 4 miles west of the town, on the banks of the River Boyne, at Oldbridge. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 332 pixelsFull resolution (2080 × 864 pixel, file size: 316 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Picture taken my me. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 332 pixelsFull resolution (2080 × 864 pixel, file size: 316 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Picture taken my me. ... Newgrange, which is located at , is one of the passage tombs of the Brú na Bóinne complex in County Meath, and the most famous of all Irish prehistoric sites. ... For other uses, see Roman Empire (disambiguation). ... This article is about the year 911 A.D.. For the emergency telephone number, see 9-1-1. ... Events November 20 - Palermo falls to Henry VI, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire December 25 - Henry VI is crowned king of Sicily. ... This article is about the legislature abolished in 1801. ... 1494 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Poynings Law refers to Sir Edward Poynings declaration to the Irish Parliament at Drogheda in 1494. ... The Irish Confederate Wars were fought in Ireland between 1641 and 1653. ... Drogheda, a town in eastern Ireland, was besieged twice in the 1640s, during the Irish Confederate Wars, the Irish theatre of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. ... For other uses, see Oliver Cromwell (disambiguation). ... // Events January 30 - King Charles I of England, Scotland and Ireland is beheaded. ... Combatants English Royalists and Irish Catholic Confederate troops English Parliamentarian New Model Army troops and allied Protestants in Ireland Commanders James Butler, 1st Duke of Ormonde (1649 - December 1650) Ulick Burke, Earl of Clanricarde (December 1650-April 1653) Oliver Cromwell (1649-May 1650) Henry Ireton (May 1650-November 1651) Charles... Drogheda, a town in eastern Ireland, was besieged twice in the 1640s, during the Irish Confederate Wars, the Irish theatre of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms. ... Prince Rupert of the Rhine Cavaliers was the name used by Parliamentarians for the Royalist supporters of King Charles I during the English Civil War (1642–1651). ... Combatants Jacobite Forces -6000 French troops, 19,000 Irish Catholic troops Williamite Forces -English, Scottish, Dutch, Danish, Huguenot and Ulster Protestant troops Commanders James VII and II William III of England Strength 25,000 36,000 Casualties ~1,500 ~750 William III (William of Orange) King of England, Scotland and... Events Giovanni Domenico Cassini observes differential rotation within Jupiters atmosphere. ... Boyne-Valley from Passage tomb The River Boyne (Irish: ) is a river in Leinster, Ireland, the course of which is about 112 kilometres (70 miles) long. ...


Drogheda's coat of arms bears the star and crescent and has its origin with King Richard I (the Lionheart), in whose reign Drogheda was granted its charter in 1194 by Hugh de Lacy (after whom the de Lacy bridge in Drogheda is named). Another Norman element on Drogheda's coat of arms is its centrepiece, St. Lawrence's Gate. The three lions which flank the Norman barbican are also taken from King Richard's coat of arms. On the other side of the barbican is a ship denoting Drogheda's status as an important port. The town's motto Deus praesidium, mercatura decus translates as "God our strength, merchandise our glory". Richard I of England, as a bronze, brandishes his sword outside the Palace of Westminster Richard I (September 8, 1157 - April 6, 1199) was King of England from 1189 to 1199. ... Events November 20 - Palermo falls to Henry VI, Emperor of the Holy Roman Empire December 25 - Henry VI is crowned king of Sicily. ... Hugh de Lacy, 1st Earl of Ulster (~1176 – after December 26, 1242), was the younger son of Hugh de Lacy, Lord of Meath. ... Norman conquests in red. ... Barbican in Kraków Barbican (from mediæval Latin barbecana) - a fortified outpost or gateway, such as an outer defence to a city or castle and any tower situated over a gate or bridge which was used for defence purposes. ...


The Earldom of Drogheda was created in the Peerage of Ireland in 1661. The Earldom of Drogheda (pronounced Droyida) was created in the Peerage of Ireland in 1661. ... The Peerage of Ireland the term used for those peers created by British monarchs in their capacity as Lord or King of Ireland. ... 1661 (MDCLXI) was a common year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar (or a common year starting on Tuesday of the 10-day slower Julian calendar). ...


In 1837 the population of Drogheda area was 17,365 of whom 15,138 lived in the town [2].


The estate in the famous series "The Thorn Birds" was named after the town of Drogheda. This article does not cite any references or sources. ...


Arts and Entertainment

Drogheda has a thriving arts scene; it hosts the annual Samba festival every summer, where Samba bands from around the world converge on the town for a week of drumming and parades. It is also home to the Calipo theatre company which specialises in multi-media productions and has achieved considerable success in Ireland and abroad. The town also supports one of the largest and most successful youth theatres in Ireland (Droichead Youth Theatre) which has toured to Belfast, London, Italy, and Sweden. The addition of the Little Duke Theatre company in Duke Street, in the old Julian Blinds building, adds to this scene. The Municipal Centre in Stockwell Street acts as a base for most of the town's artists, under the umbrella of the Droichead Arts Centre, and featuring a gallery space and a theatre. For other uses, see Samba (disambiguation). ... This article is about the city in Northern Ireland. ... This article is about the capital of England and the United Kingdom. ...


The former Garda (Police) station in West Street is now a satellite site of the Droichead Arts Centre. Flag of An Garda Síochána Garda Síochána na hÉireann (pronounced ; Irish for Peace Guard of Ireland, often rendered[1] as The Guardians of the Peace of Ireland) is the police force of the Republic of Ireland. ...


The original Drogheda bypass bridge over the river Boyne, known as the "Bridge of Peace", is well-known regionally for its aerosol graffiti murals. Under the bridge, there are two large concrete supports that measure approximately 8 metres high, and 20 metres long. Starting in the 1980s with the breakdance craze, these supports were painted and sprayed with murals by aerosol artists. This activity at the time was technically illegal and frowned upon by the local authorities. Today the murals are frequently updated and limited sponsorship of the artists is provided by local businesses. A boy hitting (holding) a pike Breakdance (media coined phrase), also known as breaking, b-girling or b-boying, is a street dance style that evolved as part of the hip hop movement that originated among African American youths in the South Bronx of New York City during the early...


Drogheda's larger bars feature live music. Notable venues are The Pheasant on Duleek Street, McPhail's in Laurence Street, McHugh's on Cord Road and The New Central in Peter Street. For traditional Irish music, Carberry's (Teach Uí Cairbre) pub near the North Quay has regular sessions by amateur and professional musicians alike.


October 2006 saw the opening of the town's first dedicated municipal art gallery and visual arts centre, the Highlanes Gallery, housed in the former Franciscan Friary on St. Laurence Street. The Highlanes Gallery holds Drogheda's important municipal art collection which dates from the 17th century as well as visiting exhibitions in a venue which meets key international museum and gallery standards.


Drogheda today

Drogheda in 2005, overlooking the river and St Peter's Church.

With the expansion of the Irish economy in the 1990s, during the "Celtic Tiger" years, Drogheda has become one of the primary locations for people who work in Dublin to buy a house. Property prices in the capital are prohibitive for first time home buyers. With the expansion of transport infrastructure in the area around Drogheda i.e. the Swords and Balbriggan bypasses, the Boyne River Bridge and the increased number of commuter trains serving the town, Drogheda is now an attractive location for Dubliners to buy their first house and commute to work, the downtown area of Drogheda has been transformed over the past two years, two large shopping centres have opened, and large numbers of national and international retails have opened stores, the town's main street is currently under going a major face lift. The Boyne Cable Bridge in particular has dramatically increased the profile of the region as a location for out-of-town retail parks. Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 485 pixelsFull resolution (1103 × 669 pixel, file size: 186 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photographer: Stephen Durnin ©2007 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Image File history File links Size of this preview: 800 × 485 pixelsFull resolution (1103 × 669 pixel, file size: 186 KB, MIME type: image/jpeg) Photographer: Stephen Durnin ©2007 File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Cartoon of the Celtic Tiger. ... swords redirects here. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Boyne River Bridge, Photo by: Ian G. Bowie, Source The Boyne River Bridge is Ireland’s longest cable-stayed bridge. ... Commuting is the process of travelling from a place of residence to a place of work. ...

The de Lacy pedestrian bridge
The de Lacy pedestrian bridge

On the south quay in the space of the former Lakeland Daries premises (an old industrial area), the Scotch Hall Shopping Centre and the D hotel was completed in November 2005. A new pedestrian bridge extends from the north quay, at Mayoralty Street, into the complex, phase two which is about to commence construction which will extend further down along the river front, it will have an extension to the Shopping Centre and Hotel, new apartments, cinema, and a riverside plaza. Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3648 × 2736 pixel, file size: 2. ... Image File history File links Metadata Size of this preview: 800 × 600 pixelsFull resolution (3648 × 2736 pixel, file size: 2. ...


Aerial photographs of Drogheda can now be seen on Google earth.


Local economy

The local economy of Drogheda, like that of many other towns in Ireland, is changing rapidly. The old industrial industries based around linen and textiles, brewing, shipping, and manufacturing have now disappeared or are in decline.


There are still a number of large employers in the town including Boyne Valley Foods, Irish Cement (Ireland's largest cement works), International Flavours & Fragrances (IFF) and Becton Dickinson.


Recently additions to the local ecomony include:

  • IDA Business & Technology Park: a 25 hectare (63 acre) with direct access onto the Dublin / Belfast motorway developed and landscaped for the needs of both the IT and financial and internationally traded services sectors.
  • International Fund Services, a leading provider of fund accounting and administration services to the hedge fund industry globally, is to establish a hedge fund administration operation in Drogheda, Co. Louth with the creation of up to 235 jobs.
  • 8 Enterprise Incubation units for high tech startup companies are now provided in the Milmount complex.

Transport, communications & amenities

The town is located close to M1 (E1 Euro Route 1) (main Dublin - Belfast motorway). Drogheda acquired rail links to Dublin in 1844, Navan in 1850 and Belfast in 1852. Passenger services between Drogheda and Navan were ended in 1958, however the line remains open for freight (Tara Mines/Platin Cement) traffic. In 1966 Drogheda station was renamed "McBride". Drogheda railway station opened on 25 May 1844.[3] For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). ... This article is about the city in Northern Ireland. ... Motorway symbol in UK, France and Ireland. ... For other uses, see Dublin (disambiguation). ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... This article is about the city in Northern Ireland. ... WGS-84 (GPS) Coordinates: 53. ... Drogheda railway station serves Drogheda in County Louth The Meath on Track campaign hope to see trains routed through Drogheda from Navan to serve as an interim commuter link to Dublin. ... is the 145th day of the year (146th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Jan. ...


Sport

In December 2005 the town's soccer team, Drogheda United, won the national FAI Carlsberg Cup for the first time in its history by beating Cork City F.C. 2-0 in the final at Lansdowne Road. On Saturday 22 April 2006 Drogheda United won the Setanta Cup at Tolka Park becoming the champions of all Ireland. Drogheda United is known as "The Drogs" by their fans. On the 19th of October 2007 Drogheda United won The Irish League for the first time in the clubs history, with a 2-1 win over Cork City. The winning goal was a 30 yard shot scored in the last minute by young Englishman Guy Bates, who had been released by Darlington and was once a trainee at his local club Newcastle United. Drogheda United is an Irish football club playing in the Football League of Ireland. ... The FAI Cup is a knock-out football competition contested annually by teams from the Republic of Ireland. ... Cork City F.C. is an Irish football (soccer) club playing in the Football League of Ireland. ... A DART train passes under the Lansdowne Road Rugby Football Stadium and over the level crossing as it enters the station of the same name. ... is the 112th day of the year (113th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Setanta Cup is a football competition featuring clubs from both political entities on the island of Ireland. ... Tolka Park is located in the Dublin City, in the suburb of Drumcondra. ... Drogs is a nickname for fans or supporters of Drogheda United Football Club who play in the Eircom League of Ireland in the Republic of Ireland. ...


Emblem

In 1845, the onset of the Great Irish Famine resulted in over 1,000,000 deaths. Ottoman Sultan Abdülmecid declared his intention to send 10,000 sterling to Irish farmers but Queen Victoria requested that the Sultan send only 1,000 sterling, because she had sent only 2,000 sterling. The Sultan sent the 1,000 sterling but also secretly sent 3 ships full of food. The English courts tried to block the ships, but the food arrived Drogheda harbor and was left there by Ottoman Sailors. [4] 1845 was a common year starting on Wednesday (see link for calendar). ... Look up Ottoman, ottoman in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Abdülmecid I (Ottoman Turkish: عبد المجيد اول ‘Abdü’l-MecÄ«d-i evvel) (April 23, 1823 – June 25, 1861) was the 31st sultan of the Ottoman Empire and succeeded his father Mahmud II on July 2, 1839. ... Victoria Queen of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland, Empress of India Victoria (Alexandrina Victoria) (24 May 1819–22 January 1901) was a Queen of the United Kingdom, reigning from 20 June 1837 until her death. ...


Due to this the Irish people, especially those in Drogheda, are friendly to the Turks. This event led to the appearance of Ottoman symbols on Drogheda United's emblem.


Points of interest

The Boyne Viaduct (Irish: ), a 98ft high railway bridge, or viaduct, that crosses the River Boyne in Drogheda, carrying the main Dublin–Belfast railway line. ... Millmount Fort, is a large 19th century tower located in Drogheda. ... St. ... Laurences Gate is a barbican which was built in the 13th century as part of the walled fortifications of the medieval town of Drogheda. ... Newgrange, which is located at , is one of the passage tombs of the Brú na Bóinne complex in County Meath, and the most famous of all Irish prehistoric sites. ... Categories: Ireland-related stubs | County Louth ...

Noted natives and residents

Soccer Players

Nick Colgan (born September 19, 1973 in Drogheda, Republic of Ireland) is an Irish professional footballer who plays as goalkeeper. ... First international Irish Free State 1 - 0  Bulgaria (Stade Olympique, Colombes, France; May 28, 1924) Biggest win Republic of Ireland 8 - 0 Malta  (Dalymount Park, Republic of Ireland; 16 November 1983) Biggest defeat  Brazil 7 - 0 Republic of Ireland (Uberlândia, Brazil; 27 May 1982) World Cup Appearances 3 (First... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Sunderland Association Football Club is a professional football club, based at the Stadium of Light in Sunderland, Tyne and Wear, in North-East England. ... Gary Kelly (born 9 July 1974 in Drogheda) is an Irish professional footballer currently playing for Leeds United in the Football League Championship. ... Sean Thornton (born 18 May 1983) is a footballer, currently playing for Leyton Orient. ... Doncaster Rovers Football Club (or Donny as they are more commonly known) are an English professional football club, based at the Keepmoat Stadium in the town of Doncaster, South Yorkshire. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article is in need of improvement. ... Kevin Thornton, (born July 9, 1986), is an Irish footballer currently playing for Coventry City in the English Football League Championship. ... Coventry City Football Club, otherwise known as the Sky Blues owing to the traditional colour of their strip, is an English football club based in Coventry, UK. Coventry City were founding members of the FA Premier League in 1992. ... For other uses, see England (disambiguation). ... This article is in need of improvement. ... Stephen Staunton (born 19 January 1969 in Drogheda, Republic of Ireland) was a professional footballer who enjoyed a distinguished career with Liverpool and Aston Villa, he also became the Republic of Irelands most capped player. ...

Others

Pierce Brendan Brosnan, OBE [1] (born May 16, 1953) is an Irish actor and producer best known for portraying James Bond in four films from 1995 to 2002: GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough and Die Another Day. ... 007 redirects here. ... Eamonn Campbell Eamonn Campbell (born 29 November 1946, in Drogheda, County Louth, Eire) has been a member of The Dubliners since 1887. ... The Dubliners are an Irish folk band founded in 1962, making them one of the older bands still playing music today. ... Father James Cullen, S. J. (April 19, 1867 – December 7, 1933) was born at Drogheda, Co Meath, Ireland. ... In mathematics, a Cullen number is a natural number of the form n · 2n + 1 (written Cn). ... Deirdre Gogarty (born: November 10, 1969) is a Womens boxing competitor who was born in Ireland. ... The WIBF (Womens International Boxing Federation) is, along with the WIBA, IWBF and others, one of the more recognized world championship fight sanctioning organizations in womens boxing. ... Shane Horgan (born 18 July 1978 in Bellewstown near Drogheda), County Louth is a rugby union player who plays wing or centre for Leinster and Ireland. ... First international  England 7 - 0 Ireland  (15 February 1875) Largest win  United States 3 - 83 Ireland  (10 June , 2000) Worst defeat  New Zealand 59 - 6 Ireland  (6 June 1992) World Cup Appearances 6 (First in 1987) Best result Quarter Finals, 1987, 1991, 1995, 2003, The Ireland rugby union team, represents... For other uses, see Rugby (disambiguation). ... Jonathan Kelly (born Jonathan Ledingham, 1947, Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland) is a singer-songwriter, who formed Jonathan Kellys Outside in 1973, a British folk rock band. ... Anthony Tony Martin (born August 31, 1948 in Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland) is a Canadian politician. ... Busárus: Dublins central bus station Michael Scott (1905-1988) is considered the most important architect of the twentieth century in Ireland. ... Busáras is the Central bus station and hub for inter-city and regional bus services on Bus Éireann in Dublin, Ireland. ... The exterior of the Abbey Theatre in 2006. ... Dr. T.K. Whitaker (b. ... Evanna Meghan Lynch (born 16 August 1991) is an Irish actress, best known for playing Luna Lovegood in Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix. ...

See also

This is a link page for cities and towns in the Republic of Ireland, including larger villages, and villages and townlands of note, as well as towns, townships or urban centres in Dublin. ...

References

The Central Statistics Office (CSO) is the statistical agency responsible for the gathering of information relating to economic, social and general activities and conditions in the Republic of Ireland, in particular the National Census which is held every five years. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ... is the 248th day of the year (249th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ...

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Drogheda - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1431 words)
Drogheda (Droichead Átha in Irish, meaning "Bridge of the Ford") is an industrial and port town in County Louth (on the border with County Meath) on the east coast of Ireland, 56 km north of Dublin.
Drogheda has a thriving arts scene, it hosts the annual Samba festival every summer, where Samba bands from around the world converge on the town for a week of drumming, parades and general colourful madness.
According to the census conducted in 2002, Drogheda is the largest town in Ireland, with a population of 30,000.
Siege of Drogheda - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1434 words)
Drogheda, a town in eastern Ireland, was besieged twice in the 1640s, during the Irish Confederate Wars, the Irish theatre of the Wars of the Three Kingdoms.
Drogheda was by this time garrisoned by an English Royalist regiment under Arthur Aston and Irish Confederate troops -a total strength of about 3100 (roughly half of them English the other half Irish).
This was not a convincing argument however, as Drogheda had never fallen to the Irish rebels in 1641, or the forces of Confederate Ireland in the years that followed.
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