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    Trim Castle in Co. Meath is the largest castle in Ireland, and one of the largest Norman castles in all of Europe.

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    The Drogheda Railway Viaduct, built in the 1850s, is an impressive feat of engineering located in the Boyne Valley.

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    Loughcrew, also called “The Storied Hills” or “Mountain of the Witch,” is one of Ireland’s major passage tomb sites, and dates back to around 3200 B.C.

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    The Horse Bridge, on the disused Boyne Navigation series of canals, gets its name from the fact that it was built to allow the horses towing the barges to change to the other bank. At other places they had to swim across the water.

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    Spectacular Autumn light and color at The Horse Bridge on the Boyne Navigation at Oldbridge near Drogheda, Co. Louth.

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    The spires and roofs of Drogheda, Co. Louth, are covered with a layer of snow one day this past winter.

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    The verdant banks of the River Boyne near Newgrange

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    Beaulieu woods, near Drogheda, in the autumn

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    Once one of the main entrances to the town of Drogheda, the 700 year old Laurence's Gate, is a beautiful structure, but sadly the council has allowed traffic to pass through it.

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    According to myth, the impressive Hill of Slane is the burial place of King Sláine, and in more recent Christian history, the site where Patrick lit the divine Paschal Fire in defiance of the pagan kings at Tara. Church ruins lie atop the hill.

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    The megalithic passage tomb at the Hill of Tara, the Mound of the Hostages, is the oldest monument of the site. Evidence of at least 200 individual cremations have been uncovered at the mound.

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    The third passage tomb site in the Boyne Valley is Dowth, or the “Fairy Mound of Darkness." Built 5,000 years ago, Dowth's southernmost passage is aligned to the setting sun of the winter solstice.

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    A winter sunrise at Laytown beach

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