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County Louth is part of Leinster and is located just north of Dublin on the east coast of Ireland. It is the smallest county in Ireland. Dundalk, which used to mark the northmost point of the Pale, is its main town. It is the last major town before the Northern Irish boarder. The main part of the population of Louth is concentrated in Dundalk and the nearby town of Drogheda.
Dundalk's history dates back as early as 3500BC, with a Neolithic Settlement. Evidence of this time is found in the Proleek Dolmen at Ballymascanlon, in north Dundalk. The Celts arrived in the area in 500BC, settling in the regions now known as Upper and Lower Dundalk. By the late 12th century the area was under Norman rule, like much of the rest of the country. They choose Dundalk for its proximity to the Castletown River. The modern town dates back to the 1600s and the 19th and 20th centuries saw it grow into one of industry. With its strategic position between Dublin and Belfast (The two biggest cities on the island), it is a vibrant and ever expanding business and urban area on the east coast of Ireland.
Along with offering some of the finest golf, horse riding, angling and walking in Ireland, Louth has a number of historical attractions, amongst them are: Seatown Windmill, one of the largest windmills in Ireland; Proleek Dolman, a Megalithic tomb on the Cooley Peninsula; A 13th century Franciscan Monastery, its bell tower still standing, located on Mill Street in Dundalk; Mellifont Abbey, the ruins of the first Cistercian Monastery in Ireland, it dates back to 1142, when it was founded by St Malachy.