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Architecture of Louth

06 January 2010

980c – Round Tower, Monasterboice, Co. Louth

The round tower of the abbey founded in the 10th century is still standing although without its cap (conical roof). Even so, it is over eighty feet tall. Burned in 1097 when it...

06 January 2010

10th C. – West Cross, Monasterboice, Co. Louth

The so-called west cross stands near the base of the round tower. Not as celebrated as the south cross, it is around 7 metres high but some of its panels are illegible and...

06 January 2010

1142 – Mellifont Abbey, Co. Louth

Mellifont was the first Cistercian monastery to be established in Ireland. Founded in 1142 by St. Malachy, the monastery was consecrated in 1157 at a great national synod attended by seventeen bishops and...

06 January 2010

1180c. – St. Mochta’s House, Louth, Co. Louth

St Mochta was a disciple of St Patrick, who established his abbey in Louth around 528, and also built an this stone house nearby, named Mochta’s House. The Abbey lasted through the centuries...

06 January 2010

1200 – King John’s Castle, Carlingford, Co. Louth

Known as King John’s Castle because it was allegedly founded by King John who stayed here briefly in 1210, the castle was more likely founded by Hugh de Lacy some years before. The...

07 January 2010

1206 – Abbey of St. Mary d’Urso, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Known as the Old Abbey or the Hospital of St. Mary d’Urso, the correct title for this site is the Abbey of St. Mary d’Urso. It was founded by a Norman, Ursus de...

07 January 2010

1224 – Dominican Friary, Drogheda, Co. Louth

The Magdalene Tower was the belfry tower of the once extensive Dominican Friary founded here about 1224 by Lucas de Netterville, Archbishop of Armagh. The tower itself is of 14th Century construction and...

06 January 2010

1260s – Castle Roche, Co. Louth

Castle Roche is one of the lesser known but more dramatic Norman Castles in Ireland. Sited on a rocky hilltop, the castle controlled a pass into Armagh. The castle is believed to have...

07 January 2010

1280c – St Laurence Gate, Drogheda, Co. Louth

St. Laurence Gate is a well preserved example of a 13th Century Barbican. Named after the ancient priory of St. Laurence which stood outside the Gate on the site of the Cord Cemetery....