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Louth is a located in the east of the county along the coast. It is similar to Meath in the history that it has and has many attractive features to it. A few counties border Louth. These include Meath, Monaghan, Armagh and Down. Louth has flat and very rich fertile land. Many big farmers who own very large numbers of acres of land own the land here. The land only becomes hilly again when you move across the border to the north of the county. The county is rich in history and many tourist attractions can be found throughout the county. The main towns that are found in Louth are Drogheda, which is one of the largest and then there is Dundalk, which is located in the north of the county and Ardee, which is located in the center of Louth. The county over the last couple of years have become very busy with the amount of people that travel to Dublin each day. As well as that a lot of people have moved away from the City of Dublin and want to live in the quieter areas of Louth and surrounding areas. Still Louth is full of things to do and places to see and plenty of areas to stop off and enjoy the Irish experience.

This is a county steeped in myth, legend and history, going back to the pre-historical days of the Táin Bó Cúailnge (Cooley Cattle Raid, see Cúchulainn). Later it saw the influence of the Vikings as seen in the name of Carlingford Lough.

There are a number of historic sites in the county, including religious sites at Monasterboice and Mellifont Abbey

In the early fourteenth century the Scottish army of Edward Bruce (brother of Robert of Bannockburn fame) was defeated in the battle of Faughart near Dundalk, Edward losing not only his claim to the High Kingship Of Ireland, but also his life. The sixteenth and seventeenth centuries featured many skirmishes and battles involving Irish and English forces. Oliver Cromwell attacked Drogheda in 1649 slaughtering the Royalist garrison (Siege of Drogheda).

Towards the end of the same century the armies of the warring Kings, James and William, faced off in North Louth during the build-up to the Battle of the Boyne - the battle takes its name from the river Boyne which reaches the sea at Drogheda.

In 1798 the leaders of the United Irishmen included Bartholomew Teeling, John Byrne and Patrick Byrne, all from Castletown; Anthony McCann from Corderry; Nicholas and Thomas Markey from Barmeath , Arthur McKeown, John Warren and James McAllister from Cambricville. They were betrayed by informers, notably a Dr. Conlan, who came from Dundalk, and an agent provocateur called Sam Turner, from Newry. Several of the leaders were hanged.

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Louth County
Place: Leinister
People: 110,894
Speak: English, Irish
Area: 820 km²
GPS: -6.5, 53.833333