Drogheda Port
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Drogheda Port’s most famous points of interest are the five-thousand year-old burial mounds, called Passage Tombs, at Newgrange and Knowth. The Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre is located about 10 kilometers southwest of Drogheda near Dunore village. The center presents the archeological history of the Boyne Valley, including the megalithic passage tombs. Visitors begin at the Center to tour both monuments and see interpretative displays.

Each summer, Drogheda Port is the site of a Samba festival where bands from all over the world meet for a week of parades, drumming, and celebration. When the festival started, it focused on samba music, but it has since grown to include other types of Latin music and dance. Recently, drumming and dance from Africa has also been part of the festival.

The Magdalene Tower, located at the town’s highest point, is all that’s left of a once-important Dominican Friary that was founded in 1224 by the Archbishop of Armagh. At this spot, the Ulster chiefs surrendered to King Richard II in 1367.

The Millmount Museum and Martello Tower is an impressive and historically-important site. The mound at Millmount is believed to be more than 3000 years old, and legend claims that the Celtic poet Amegin is buried there. In the 12th Century, the Norman overlord, Hugh De Lacy, built a Motte and Bailey on the mound that was later used as army barracks. The Martello Tower was built in 1808 to protect the town from invading French troops. Although the tower was seriously damaged in 1922 during the Irish Civil War, it was restored in 2000. The Millmount Museum contains a wonderful collection of guild banners as well as a faithful recreation of an Irish kitchen and dairy.

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