Carlingford Travel Guide

  • Leprechaun Hunt, Carlingford Sunday 27th March 201
    Leprechaun Hunt, Carlingford Sunday 27th...
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    Taaffe's Castle
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  • A trio of 'Little People'
    A trio of 'Little People'
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Carlingford Things to Do

  • Domenican Friary

    Carlingford's Dominican Friary is thought to have been founded in 1305 by one Sir Richard de Burgo, earl of Ulster at that time. It was originally dedicated to St Malachy and existed until 1540, when it was dissolved by King Henry Vlll during the Reformation (along with many, many other monasteries). In the 1670s the monastery was granted to the...

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  • Thosel

    In common with most towns during the Medieval period, Carlingford was once encircled by defences. At first these were just earthen banks topped by wooden palisades but many were later replaced by stone (occasionally brick) walls with guarded entrance gates. Carlingford's stone town wall was built in the 1400s. The wall itself has almost entirely...

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  • Taaffe's Castle - Merchant House

    Please don't confuse the Medieval 'Taaffe's Castle' with the nearby bar of the same name, a popular spot for stag and hen parties! The name 'Taaffe's Castle' is a bit of an anomaly. The building is certainly not a castle and there is no factual evidence to suggest that it was either built or owned by the wealthy Taaffe family, who became Earls of...

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  • Mint - Medieval House

    Although Carlingford was given the right to mint its own coinage in 1407, this building isn't necessarily the 'Mint' as such, although it is believed to be on the site of the mint. No-one knows for certain. The existing three-story 'tower house' could have been a mint or could just have been a fortified family home for a rich merchant. It dates...

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  • King John's Castle

    King John's castle stands in a wonderful spot overlooking the mouth of the Newry/Clanrye river as it enters Carlingford Lough, with superb views over the sea towards the mountains of Mourne. It's a typical, though small, Norman castle which was built for Hugh de Lacy (a good Norman name!) in the late 1100s and then further extended in the...

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  • Holy Trinity Church - Heritage Centre

    My friend knew that I would really want to visit Carlingford's Holy Trinity Church. As well as the Medieval church architecture there is a permanent exhibition about Carlingford's history with documents and artefacts from Viking times onwards....and I'm sure it's fascinating. The existing church building stands just outside the Tholsel, the town...

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  • King John's Castle - a 'proper' castle...

    King John's castle stands in a wonderful spot overlooking the mouth of the Newry/Clanrye river as it enters Carlingford Lough, with superb views over the sea towards the mountains of Mourne.It's a typical, though small, Norman castle which was built for Hugh de Lacy (a good Norman name!) in the late 1100s and then further extended in the 1200s.The...

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  • Taaffe's Castle - 1500s merchant's...

    Please don't confuse the Medieval 'Taaffe's Castle' with the nearby bar of the same name, a popular spot for stag and hen parties!The name 'Taaffe's Castle' is a bit of an anomaly. The building is certainly not a castle and there is no factual evidence to suggest that it was either built or owned by the wealthy Taaffe family, who became Earls of...

    more
  • The 'Mint' - lovely carved stonework.

    Although Carlingford was given the right to mint its own coinage in 1407, this building isn't necessarily the 'Mint' as such, although it is believed to be on the site of the mint. No-one knows for certain. The existing three-story 'tower house' could have been a mint or could just have been a fortified family home for a rich merchant. It dates...

    more
  • The Tholsel - the Medieval town gate.

    In common with most towns during the Medieval period, Carlingford was once encircled by defences. At first these were just earthen banks topped by wooden palisades but many were later replaced by stone (occasionally brick) walls with guarded entrance gates.Carlingford's stone town wall was built in the 1400s. The wall itself has almost entirely...

    more
  • Dominican Friary -an impressive Medieval...

    Carlingford's Dominican Friary is thought to have been founded in 1305 by one Sir Richard de Burgo, earl of Ulster at that time. It was originally dedicated to St Malachy and existed until 1540, when it was dissolved by King Henry Vlll during the Reformation (along with many, many other monasteries). In the 1670s the monastery was granted to the...

    more
  • Medieval church used as a heritage...

    My friend knew that I would really want to visit Carlingford's Holy Trinity Church. As well as the Medieval church architecture there is a permanent exhibition about Carlingford's history with documents and artefacts from Viking times onwards....and I'm sure it's fascinating.The existing church building stands just outside the Tholsel, the town...

    more

Carlingford Hotels

  • Four Seasons Hotel

    Carlingford, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Families

  • Oystercatcher Lodge & Bistro

    Market Square, Carlingford, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Average

    Good for: Couples

  • Ghan House

    2 Ghan Road, Carlingford, Ireland

    Satisfaction: Very Good

    Good for: Solo

Carlingford Restaurants

  • PJ O'Hare's Bar

    My friend from Newry decided we should have lunch at PJ O'Hare's, which is a good recommendation. It certainly is a 'traditional' Irish pub in its layout, with stone-flagged floors, a roaring fire in the bar, lots of wooden furniture and a very friendly welcome. There's a small beer garden in the back yard but it was too windy & chilly for us...

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  • 'Traditional' Irish pub

    My friend from Newry decided we should have lunch at PJ O'Hare's, which is a good recommendation.It certainly is a 'traditional' Irish pub in its layout, with stone-flagged floors, a roaring fire in the bar, lots of wooden furniture and a very friendly welcome. There's a small beer garden in the back yard but it was too windy & chilly for us to...

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Carlingford Local Customs

  • Leprechaun Hunt Bringing up the rear....

    Stopping every few feet to take photos, meant that we were near to the back of the procession, well not to worry, we were in good company! This trio of jolly ladies nearly made me wish that I'd purchased a costume- or at least a hat. They seemed to be having such a great time - we never saw them after these pics though, so I don't know if they...

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  • Leprechaun Hunt - meet the band!

    After a while, we spotted the band - The Carlingford Pipe Band, and people having their photo taken - Great! Where's my VT flag? I met Anne Marie at the 2010 London Treasure Hunt, where one of our tasks for bonus points was to get photographed with as many people in uniform as we could - So, I think I must have been back in 'Treasure Hunt Mode',...

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  • Parading through Carlingford

    I was surprised to see how many 'Leprechaun Hunters' were in front of us, well I guess we weren't in with much chance of finding any prizes? So, I just decided to enjoy the walk, and spotting the various costumes etc.Some of the locals were watching the procession from their door steps, or from local hostelleries.I was really enjoying the...

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Carlingford General

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    Carlingford Lough

    by Deefstes Written Feb 27, 2003

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    Favorite thing: Carlingford lies right on a beautfiul and rather big lough. I still don't always understand when you call something a lough, when you call it a bay and when you call it a river mouth. Carlingford Lough is all of those but it's called a lough.

    At any rate, it's lovely and we sailed up from Dublin to Carlingford and sailed up the lough. It was beautiful.

    This picture was taken from the yacht towards the north. So it really actually shows county Down in Northern Ireland and the mountains are the Mountains of Mourne. In the foreground is a lovely area called Greencastle.

    Mountains of Mourne as seen from Carlingford Lough

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