Thursday Doors – Historical Dundalk

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.

The Post Office is a good example.
Although not in business at the moment, there has been a hotel of some type on this site for over 300 years.
I love what they call their function room upstairs.
Always look up – the old building is still there.

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.

Explore Louth *


About Jean Reinhardt

Author of 'A Pocket Full of Shells' an Amazon International best seller, Jean writes young adult and historical fiction. She has been known to shed a tear over Little House on the Prairie.
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26 Responses to Thursday Doors – Historical Dundalk

  1. Ally Bean says:

    A wonderful look at an interesting town. I like how the city has made its history easily understood, but not overwhelming. I want to visit Holland’s Hardware. That is one charming building.

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  2. I need a dysfunction room!!!!

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  3. DrJunieper says:

    What a magnificent covering for the door with the king and queen on top (I hesitate to call it a screen, even though that’s what it is). Great finds in noteworthy buildings and doors, Jean! Of course, the art is outstanding.

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  4. marianallen says:

    What a beautiful town! That door with the kings above it is so striking! My little town tries to keep it’s character (1800s), leaving as many buildings standing and wiring the street lights underground. It’s a nice little town, but Dundalk is wonderful!

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  5. What a lovely place! I especially like the door with the masks above it (the 6th shot) and I’d love to go into that tea/coffee shop after wandering the streets for a bit. Pub later. 🙂 I know your Celtic hero better as Cúchulainn, but I certainly wouldn’t have recognized him. 🙂


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    • He was named Sétanta at birth but the name we know him by now means “hound of Culann” in Irish. This was given to him as a young boy because he took the place of one of Culann’s hounds when he accidentally killed it.


  6. Dan Antion says:

    This is a beautiful town. I love the corner door at Hanrraty Bros.

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  7. JT Twissel says:

    I love discovering these Irish towns with you! Someday I’m coming!

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  8. Teresa says:

    oh, I am loving that doorway with the kings, Jean. And that whole town looks gorgeous!

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  9. Great history, handsome doors, AND I love the flower trees. 🙂

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  10. Norm 2.0 says:

    I love it Jean! So much rich history and the there are simply too many gorgeous old building to pick a favourite. I’d love to spend an afternoon exploring this area on foot with my camera. Excellent post 🙂

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  11. Jennie says:

    I love this! Hanratty Bros. is my favorite.

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  12. So much to enjoy in this post. Many wonderful buildings and that doorway with the two kings is breathtaking. Another thing that caught my eye: the flower arrangements. Such joy!

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