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16. LOUTH

CÚCHULAINN REGION

Chairman: P. J. Galvin
Secretary: Patrick Donnelly

Louth, Ireland's smallest county is known as the "wee county", with Dundalk as the county town and is home to the famous Irish Group "The Corrs". For those interested in history, Dundalk boasts a 60 foot mound called Dun Dealgan, which is reputed to be the birthplace of the legendary hero Cuchulain. For over 6,000 years people have lived in this area. County Louth is central to Ireland's most famous myths. In ancient times a famous war known as the "Táin Bó Cúailnge" (The Cattle Raid of Cooley) was fought over a brown bull. The hero of this legend is Cúchulainn, Ireland's greatest warrior. Dundalk official town crest reads "Mé do rug Cú Chulainn Cróga, which means "I gave birth to brave Cú Chulainn".

Situated in the north east of the Republic of Ireland, County Louth is the smallest county in the country. It is a wonderful place to visit, having Museums, Nature walks, Golf courses, Cinemas, Shopping Centres and many other attributes for those wishing to explore. Drogheda has its fabulous Arts Centre, Martello tower and a bustling centre. Historic spots include a 150-year-old traditional music venue, and further along the river the beautiful Beaulieu House and its motor racing museum. Fishing is also well catered for in the river Boyne where the legendary Salmon of Knowledge was caught, so, who knows, there may be more of those still lurking in the waters here, just waiting to help someone else to become an expert on Co Louth. The ruins of the Jumping Church of Kildemock provide Louth with one of its most outlandish tourist attractions.

This phenomenon from the 18th Century is situated a couple of miles south of Ardee, just off the N2 (after leaving Ardee, heading towards Collon, turn left at the crossroads just before the Hunterstown Inn) and offers visitors an unnerving experience. Shrouded in mystery and local mythology, the spooky jumping wall draws many curious visitors from near and far. Legend says the enchanting wall of the church moved in 1715 to exclude the grave of an excommunicated man outside of the building. While this sounds implausible, the notion that the wall (which remains largely intact) could possibly have moved (or been moved) in any other way seems equally improbable.

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