Beach at Clogherhead
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Clogherhead (Irish: Ceann Chlochair, meaning rocky headland) 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.
Historically, the village was known simply as Clogher (Clochair) or Killclogher (Cill Chlochair) 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. 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.
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.
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. Drogheda railway station is approximately 13 km distant.
Port Oriel is a fishing port with a large fleet, and the also harbour provides a platform for onshore sea fishing for anglers.
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. The village also has a number of restaurants.
Clogherhead has been used as a film location for:
- Perrier's Bounty (Parallel Film Productions, 2008), with Cillian Murphy, Jim Broadbent and Brendan Gleeson
- The Devil's Own (Columbia Pictures, 1997) with Harrison Ford and Brad Pitt
- Captain Lightfoot (Universal Studios, 1955) with Rock Hudson and Barbara Rush
Callystown National School (a Catholic School under the Trusteeship of the Archbishop of Armagh) has been in "official" existence since 1832. It is located on the north side of the village with access through the estate of John Kirk Park. 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".
- Albert Cashier (otherwise Jennie Irene Hodgers), was born in Clogherhead and was a soldier in the Union Army during the American Civil War
- Saint Oliver Plunkett reputedly took refuge in a church that once stood in the townland of Killartry in the parish of Clogherhead
- Richard Fahey, UK-based racehorse trainer
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.
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. Walshestown clay-pigeon shooting club is near Clogherhead at Murray's Cross.
Vessel used in the construction of the offshore Oriel Wind Farm
Twin Caterpillar engines
- CLOGHER, or KILCLOGHER in Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837)
- Placenames Database of Ireland (see archival records)
- Clogherhead beach regains Blue Flag status (retrieved 5 June 2009)
- "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 October 2010. Retrieved 15 June 2010.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)
- Movie Locations in Ireland
- Locals get in character
- The Devil's Own on IMDb
- Captain Lightfoot at the Internet Movie Database
- Historyof Callystown National School Archived 15 January 2007 at the Wayback Machine
- www.callystownnationalschool.ie and source podcast 9
- Catholic Parish of Clogherhead & Walshestown
- Callystown National School
- Clogherhead Development Group
- Clogherhead Coast Guard
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