Welcome to Louth Heritage
There is much more to Louth's heritage than the castles, ruined churches and abbeys that many people consider to comprise 'heritage'.
Louth is a place of contradictions. Although Ireland's smallest county, Louth has the two biggest provincial towns in the State (Drogheda and Dundalk). Lying midway between Dublin and Belfast, the 'Wee County' is at the heart of the island's economy and is traversed for its entire length by the primary national road and rail links. With Dundalk's Great Northern Works long the national centre of railway engineering, Ireland's most impressive railway engineering feat is undoubtedly MacNeill's magnificent Boyne Viaduct in Drogheda. Louth's long tradition of manufacturing industry has been revived and strengthened in recent years. There are also internationally important, and protected, landscapes, geology, architecture and archaeology, for example, Dundalk Bay is the most important place in Ireland for over-wintering shorebirds. With all of these and a beautiful (and under-appreciated) coastline, with three Blue Flag beaches and its associated wildlife, Louth is a great place to live, to visit and to do business.