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Ceann Chlochair
Beach at Clogherhead
Beach at Clogherhead
Clogherhead is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°47′31″N 6°14′17″W / 53.792°N 6.238°W / 53.792; -6.238Coordinates: 53°47′31″N 6°14′17″W / 53.792°N 6.238°W / 53.792; -6.238
CountyCounty Louth
 • Urban
Irish Grid ReferenceO157840
Clogherhead Beach in Autumn

Clogherhead (Irish: Ceann Chlochair, meaning rocky headland)[2] is a fishing village in County Louth, Ireland. Located in a natural bay on the East Coast it is bordered by the villages of Annagassan to the north and Termonfeckin to the south. With an administrative population per the 2011 Census of 3026, it is in the townlands of Clogher and Callystown, about 12 km (7 mi) northeast of Drogheda. As a seaside village its main industries are fishing and farming, and there has been an RNLI lifeboat stationed in the village for over 100 years. The current boat is a Mersey class lifeboat, the RNLB Doris Bleasedale, and is beach-launched.[citation needed]


Historically, the village was known simply as Clogher (Clochair) or Killclogher (Cill Chlochair)[3][4] while the headland was called Clogher Head. Today the headland remains Clogher Head, the village is called Clogherhead and the townland they are in is called Clogher.

The headland has a walking trail from the village along steep sea cliffs to the nearby harbour of Port Oriel (Port Oirialla). At low tide it is also possible to walk the beach as far as the Boyne Estuary.[citation needed] From the headland and at the harbour there are views of Ireland's east coast from the Mourne and Cooley Mountains in the north as far south as Lambay Island and the Rockabill Lighthouse.[citation needed]

The headland is also the site of the Red Mans Cave, where Cromwellian soldiers are reputed to have put to death a number of Catholic Priests during the time of the Cromwellian Wars of 1649.[citation needed]

Public transport[edit]

Bus Éireann route 189 serves Clogherhead, linking it to Drogheda. Most buses operate via Termonfeckin and Baltray though a few go via Grangebellew and Ballymakenny.[5] Drogheda railway station is approximately 13 km distant.


Clogherhead is a tourist destination, and the village has a sandy Blue Flag beach[6] which extends from near the lifeboat station and on to the Boyne estuary.

The Seafood Rocks festival, a successor to the former Clogherhead Prawn Festival,[7] attracts crowds to the village to partake in the weekend of family oriented events.[citation needed]

Port Oriel is a fishing port with a large fleet, and the also harbour provides a platform for onshore sea fishing for anglers.[citation needed]

Oriel Sea Salt and Oriel Sea Minerals are produced at Clogherhead, and have protected designation of origin.


The village has two main beaches. Port Beach in the center of the village is a Blue Flag beach with the Neptune watersports centre which is run by the local Council. The centre is the location for Celtic Adventures which provides schools and groups with a range of sports and training services including watersports, archery and climbing. In addition it is the location for the local RNLI lifeboat station which houses a Mersey class lifeboat, the Doris Bleasdale. The other beach is on the north of the village and is known as the 'Big Strand'. Both have bathing facilities with a lifeguard on duty at the village beach during summer months.

There are two public houses in the village, Sharkey's Lounge & Bar and Levin's Bar, with accommodating and music at weekends.[citation needed] The village also has a number of restaurants.

Film location[edit]

Clogherhead has been used as a film location[8] for:


Callystown National School (a Catholic School under the Trusteeship of the Archbishop of Armagh) has been in "official" existence since 1832.[citation needed] It is located on the north side of the village with access through the estate of John Kirk Park.[12] It now has over 300 pupils and has been extended a number of times to cater for the population growth in the village and an influx of pupils from the surrounding areas.


  • Songs featuring this town include "Is Clogherhead Like it Used to Be".[13]

Notable people[edit]


As well as fishing and watersports, the local GAA – Dreadnots Gaelic Football Club have had three senior players in the Louth County team: Pádraig Rath, Anthony Williams and James Califf. The club reached the Louth senior championship finals in 2012 and 2014 losing to St Patrick's on both occasions.[14][15]

Links golf courses nearby include Seapoint Golf Club located at Termonfeckin, and County Louth Golf Club (which hosted the Irish Open in 2004 and again in May 2009) located at Baltray. There is also a Pitch and putt course.[citation needed] Walshestown clay-pigeon shooting club is near Clogherhead at Murray's Cross.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ CLOGHER, or KILCLOGHER in Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)
  4. ^ Placenames Database of Ireland (see archival records)
  5. ^
  6. ^ Clogherhead beach regains Blue Flag status (retrieved 5 June 2009)
  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 October 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
  8. ^ Movie Locations in Ireland
  9. ^ Locals get in character
  10. ^ The Devil's Own on IMDb
  11. ^ Captain Lightfoot at the Internet Movie Database
  12. ^ Historyof Callystown National School Archived 15 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  13. ^ and source podcast 9
  14. ^
  15. ^

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