The Norman invaders arrived in Ireland from Northern France and England in 1169. Their Norman leader Richard de Clare, better known as “Strongbow”, lead them as they established many new towns across Leinster.

One such town 9302490_origwas Drogheda. The town’s Irish name is Droichead Átha, meaning “Bridge of the Ford”. Originally two separate towns, divided by our majestic River Boyne, Drogheda on the north of the river was founded by Bertram de Verdon and Drogheda on the south of the river was founded by Hugh de Lacy

The Normans built the Drogheda’s first defence walls from wood and ditches and are also responsible for the motte and bailey at Millmount. The two towns were eventually united in 1412.img-8538_orig

Don’t miss the Norman warriers at Drogheda Port as part of the Irish Maritime Festival 2017.

Claíomh (meaning ‘sword’) is a ‘living history’ group which re-creates live and authentic experiences of medieval Ireland’s past. Their goal is to spread awareness of Ireland’s rich resources of Medieval & Early Modern history and archaeology through means of entertaining battle demonstrations, craft displays and informative talks.

Re-connect with your Norman heritage as you learn about life in Norman Drogheda.