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History, Heritage & Archives of Drogheda Port

We can never be certain as to when man first sailed up the River Boyne, but we do know it would have looked a very different place then.   The evidence points us to a date around 3,000 B.C. when middle Stone Age man arrived.   They sailed their boats into the mouth of the river and progressed as far as Newgrange.   The landscape at the time would have been heavily wooded and the Boyne itself much wider and slower moving.

Drogheda provided a natural ford on the river at the current site of St. Mary’s Bridge from where the first houses and quays were built.   From that era to the current day the port has progressed into an important commercial highway trading with Europe, Scandinavia, Asia and America.

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The Heritage of Drogheda Port


The History of Drogheda Port

We will never know for certain when man first entered the mouth of the river Boyne. However, once he arrived he began to transform this scenic river into a dynamic commercial highway which was to play a major role in almost every period of Irelands history and development..

The development of the Port has been central to the economic life of the town and continues in that role today.




The Archives of Drogheda Port Company

Drogheda Port has preserved a unique archive relating to its operation since 1790, recording the industrial and social life of the town. The industrial and commercial archive contains an extensive overview of the day to day activities of the port, including minutes of meetings, accounts, engineers reports, correspondences, invoices, notices, details of ships and cargoes, photographs, mapping and audio interviews.

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