Louth Heritage - Archaeological

Archaeological Heritage

Viking Sites

Annagassan Viking Festival

Both Carlingford and Greenore bear Norse names, while there is a tradition that Drogheda was founded on the site of a Viking settlement.  In 2010, archaeological investigations, funded by the Louth LEADER Partnership, were carried out at Linn Duachaill, near Annagassan, a site  in long believed to have been the first Viking settlement in Ireland.  The remains found there appear to be of one of the best preserved Viking settlements in Europe. For more information, click on this link which will take you to the Linn Duachaill website.

As well as founding settlements directly, the Vikings were also, in a negative way, responsible for the foundation of new, inland monasteries, such as Louth abbey, founded by monks who fled inland to avoid Viking raids on coastal areas.