Your North East

Whether you are from “the wee county” of County Louth or from further afield, studying at DkIT will give you access to one of the most culturally rich and beautiful areas of Ireland.

Louth and the North East is rich in ancient history and heritage.  Travelling through this region of Ireland’s Ancient East students can experience 5,000 years of history from breath-taking natural landscapes, to some of the most historic and ancient-sites in Ireland, the variety in the North East is truly remarkable.

This area really has it all, from Blue Flag beaches with picturesque coastal villages to vibrant towns, showcasing nationally acclaimed arts festivals, museums, galleries, historic houses and gardens.  Students of DkIT can experience a wide range of outdoor pursuits and adventure sports on land or sea.

The campus is located on the outskirts of Dundalk, a town famous for its eclectic music scene. From traditional Irish music sessions in local pubs, to gigs from up and coming performers in intimate venues – music lovers will be in their element.

Ireland's Ancient East

Nearby attractions include:


Dundalk enjoys a great location, strategically located approximately midway between the two largest cities in the island of Ireland, Belfast and Dublin. It sits where the Castletown River flows into Dundalk Bay.

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Boyne Valley

The Boyne Valley is situated in the east of Ireland and only 20 minutes outside Dublin city. It is Ireland’s ancient capital and it’s most sacred and mythical landscape.

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While it is generally accepted that the town of Drogheda was established by the Normans, the area around the mouth of the Boyne has a history that stretches back thousands of years.

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Medieval Carlingford & Cooley Penninsula

Carlingford is a magical village, full of character and is one of the best preserved medieval villages in Ireland with a rich history enchanting narrow medieval streets.

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Hill of Tara

The Hill of Tara is a low-lying ridge located between Navan and Dunshaughlin in Co. Meath. It is said that a quarter of the landscape of Ireland can be seen from the hill.

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Mellifont Abbey Cistercian Monastery

Old Mellifont Abbey, founded by Saint Malachy in 1142, was Ireland's first Cistercian monastery. Its foundation marked the introduction into Ireland of the European monastic way of life.

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Monasterboice High Cross and Round Tower

The monastic site at Monasterboice is situated 5 miles north of Drogheda just off the N1. It dates back to the 6th century when it was founded by St Buite.

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Newgrange Stone Age Passage Tomb

Newgrange (c 3,200 B.C.) is the best-known monument of the World Heritage Site of Brú na Bóinne, predating the ancient pyramids by 400 years and Stonehenge by 1000.

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Proleek Dolmen and Gallery Grave

The magnificent Proleek Portal Tomb, situated in the grounds of Ballymascanlon Hotel on the legendary Cooley Peninsula, is one of the finest examples of its kind in Ireland.

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Millmount Museum & Martello Tower

The mound at Millmount is reputed to be 3,000 years old and local folklore has it that Amegin, the Celtic poet is buried there.

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Trim Castle

Trim Castle is the largest, best-preserved & most impressive Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland Trim get its name from the Irish áth Truim, meaning ‘The Ford of the Elder Trees'.

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King John's Castle, Carlingford

King John's Castle is located on the southern shores of Carlingford Lough. The original castle consisted of an enclosed courtyard with two rectangular towers at the entrance and two-storey buildings within.

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Dundalk Stadium

Dundalk Stadium is Ireland's only floodlit all-weather horse track and the world's only dual purpose horse and greyhound track. A popular day & night out for students!

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Oriel Park – home stadium for Dundalk FC

Home stadium to Ireland’s most successful football club, Dundalk FC.

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Tayto Park

Tayto Park located in South County Meath is truly the first of its kind in Ireland. With over 100 attractions, a visit to Tayto Park is a fantastic day young and old.

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Carlingford Adventure Centre

Carlingford Adventure Centre offer an extensive range of exciting land & water based activities, packages and holiday homes ideal for holidays in Ireland.

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