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Dundalk Introduction

Strategically located between the mega-cities of Dublin and Belfast, the town of Dundalk in County Louth is poised to become a major driver in the region's economic development. But its rapid growth doesn't mean ancient beliefs and traditions have been discarded and are no longer observed by the locals. Events like the Carlingford National Leprechaun Hunt and the Brigid of Faughart Festival are fun-filled occasions that celebrate the town's culture. Sports are also a part of everyday life here, with facilities aplenty for kayaking, cycling and tennis.

Hotels in Dundalk

There's a wide variety of accommodations here to suit a diverse range of tastes and budgets. Luxury hotels in Dundalk include 4-star establishments with spacious suites and guestrooms equipped with satellite TV, minibars and deep soaking baths. Extra perks can include Olympic-size pools, outdoor spa tubs and colourful flower gardens shaded by trees. You'll also find a few upscale B&Bs with airy, relaxed rooms, cosy breakfast nooks, and gardens and picnic areas for outdoor relaxation and socialising. And if you're looking for discount hotels, there are a few in town that offer good value for money with free Wi-Fi and parking, fitness facilities and good-sized gardens.

Where to stay in Dundalk

You'll find many Dundalk hotels situated right in the busy town centre, within walking distance of several large parks, and streets lined with charming shops, convivial Irish and international restaurants, and pubs making the night come alive with music. There are some nice hotels in Stapleton Place too, where fast-food restaurants and other casual eateries, as well as several supermarkets, are located. The Cocklehill district a few kilometres south of the town centre is a peaceful residential area with some beautiful houses, which makes it ideal for a quiet holiday in the countryside.

Things to see in Dundalk

Dundalk's many attractions are enough to keep any visitor occupied for days. If the idea of horse or greyhound racing piques your interest, you should visit Dundalk Stadium, Ireland's only all-weather horse-racing track. It's equipped with a modern grandstand, large viewing areas and a posh restaurant and bar. The local football team, the Dundalk FC, plays its home matches in Oriel Park. The stadium was revamped in 2016 when the team qualified for the 2016-17 UEFA Europa League. So if you're in town and there's a match scheduled, you could join the locals in cheering the team on. Cuchulainn Castle, also called Dun Dealgan Motte, is another famous landmark and a national monument. According to local lore, the Irish mythological hero Cú Chulainn was born here. The motte is believed to have been built in the late 11th century, while the castellated house atop it was constructed in 1780 by the local pirate Patrick Byrne.

How to get to Dundalk

Dundalk is well connected by air, rail and road. Dublin Airport is approximately 74 kilometres away while Belfast's George Best Airport is about a 90-kilometre drive from Dundalk. If you're driving yourself from Dublin or any of the northern cities, take the M1-N1, a major motorway that connects Dublin to Northern Ireland. Several bus companies serve Dundalk from Dublin, including the national carrier Bus Éireann, as well as private companies like Matthews Bus and Aircoach. Railway travel is another option as Dundalk is part of the Dublin-Belfast railway line. Both the cross-border Enterprise express and local commuter trains stop here.