This week’s Thursday Doors looks at a very historical town – Dundalk in County Louth, often called the land of legends. I think it’s appropriate to begin this blog with an image of Dundalk’s Tourist Information Office.* It’s one of the best I’ve ever been in with an abundance of helpful advice and leaflets on everything from history to the arts. Speaking of art, isn’t the piece over the doorway interesting?
This depicts Cú Chulainn, a legendary Celtic hero, who is said to be from County Louth. In fact, Dundalk town’s motto is Mé do rug Cú Chulainn cróga, which translates to “I gave birth to brave Cú Chulainn”. Similar metal artwork is on permanent display around the Market Square, just in front of the tourist office.
Moving on from Celtic legends, here’s a pub with some interesting history attached to it.
Here’s a close up of what is written over the door of McCourt’s pub.
If you’re wondering if that has anything to do with the Scottish King, Robert Bruce of the spider’s web story, then you’d be correct. Early in the 14th century Robert Bruce fought for Scottish independence and sent his brother Edward to attack the English colony in Ireland, opening a second front there while he continued the battle in Scotland. After a three year campaign, Edward Bruce’s Scottish and Irish army was defeated at the Battle of Faughart on October 14th 1318. You can see the influence these two kings have had on the town by this next doorway.
Jumping ahead to more recent history, there are placards placed on some of the main streets depicting life in Victorian times. It’s such a great idea and I would love to see this in every town and village, where possible.
Even though most of the streets have been modernized the character of the town still remains, with many of the old buildings being well preserved.
Thanks so much for your company on this week’s Thursday Doors from historical Dundalk and if you’d like to see lots of interesting images from around the globe, head on over to Norm’s blog.