Boyne Valley

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Upstream from Drogheda, huge, enigmatically-decorated grave mounds (Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth) line the banks of the Boyne as it winds through a fertile and well-wooded landscape. The valley was settled by every era of Irish civilisation, from the High Kings who held court at the Hill of Tara to Saint Patrick who brought Christianity to the region. The early monastic site at Monasterboice bears witness to this early Christianity, as does Old Mellifont. Another significant historic site is that of the Battle of Boyne which opposed Jacobites and Orangemen in 1690.

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Newgrange
Newgrange
Dating from the same era as the pyramids
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Brú Na Bóinne
Brú Na Bóinne
The stretch of valley between Drogheda
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Old Mellifont Abbey
Old Mellifont Abbey
Mellifont, or «honey fountain», was
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Slane Castle
Slane Castle
The impressive site overlooking the
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Francis Ledwidge Museum
Francis Ledwidge Museum
The cottage displays some of the
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Monasterboice
Monasterboice
Ruins are all that remain of the
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