Rediscovered in 1996, Bagenal’s Castle survived enveloped in the premises of the former McCann’s Bakery on Abbey Way. The rediscovery has been an exciting opportunity for Newry and Mourne to preserve and restore one of the most important aspects of local heritage. The building is of significant historical interest as original plans and elevations of the building still survive in the National Archives of the UK. The Castle has been developed in a Museum and Tourist Information Centre. This project provides high-quality, dynamic museum service and acts a focus for cultural, heritage and tourism activities in the area.
The magnicient Proleek Portal Tomb is situated about 5 minutes drive from the Carrickdale Hotel & Spa. It is one of the finest examples of its kind in Ireland. Portal tombs have two tall stones at the front (Portal Stones) and a smaller stone at the back supporting a large capstone. A portal tomb resembles a giant’s table and is sometimes called a dolmen, which comes from Breton word tolmen meaning stone table.
ST PATRICKS CATHEDRAL ARMAGH
Many visitors return to Armagh, the ecclesiastical capital of Ireland. The Metropolitan Cathedral of St. Patricks, Armagh, is set on a hill from which the name of the city derives- Ard Macha – The Height of Macha. Macha, a legendary pre-christian tribal princess – some say goddess – is also lined with nearby Emain Macha, a major ritual site occupied from late Neolithic/early Bronze Age times which is regarded as having been the ancient royal centre of Iron Age Ulster.
DUNDALK COUNTY MUSEUM
The County Museum, Dundalk is located in a beautifully restored 18th century warehouse in the Carroll Centre at Roden Place in Jocelyn Street. The museum offers an extensive programme of permanent exhibitions, temporary displays, drama presentations, music recitals, lecture and film.
This Norman Motte and Castle ruins is traditionally associated with Cuchulainn, who is said to have used it as his base when harrying forces of Queen Meave as they drove north into Cooley. On a clear day, there are fantastic views of Dundalk Bay from the top of the motte.
This dramatic 13th century ruined Norman Castle is traditionally associated with Rohesia de Verdun, who is said to have thrown the architect from the castle walls upon its completion in order to prevent the building of a similar fortress elsewhere. The stately majestic ruins of the castle are still in fine preserve crowning a rocky outcrop in the hills just outside Dundalk.
HOLY TRINITY HERITAGE CENTRE
Situated in Carlingford, the Holy Trinity Heritage Centre is located in a beautifully restored medieval church and recounts the history of Carlingford from Norman times to modern day.. The centre hosts a permanent exhibition and interpretation on the medieval town and also hosts special events throughout the year.
BATTLE OF THE BOYNE
Located in Drogheda, the site of the famous Battle of the Boyne between King William and James on 1st July 1690 is well worth a visit. The battle involved over 61,000 troops, the largest number ever deployed on an Irish battle site. Open from 1st May – 30th September, 10am -6pm, guided tours are available including Living History displays every Sunday.