The Battle of the Boyne is one of the most significant events in Irish history.The Battle was fought between King William III and his father-in-law King James II on 1 July 1690. The kings were rival claimants to the English, Scottish and Irish thrones. Protestant King William (of Orange) had deposed Catholic King James in 1688.
William’s army (called Williamites), numbered some 36,000 men and was made up of English, Irish, Scottish, Dutch, Danish and Huguenots (French Protestants). The opposing army (called Jacobites) were mainly Irish Catholics, reinforced by 6,500 French troops sent by King Louis XIV. The Jacobites chose the River Boyne as the best defence against the Williamites progress south towards Dublin. Drogheda was garrisoned and a force of 25,000 men was positioned at Oldbridge, the most likely crossing point. The armies camped on opposite sides of the river. William’s battle plan was to trap the Jacobite army in a pincer movement. He sent a force of 10,000 men towards Slane which drew the bulk of the Jacobites upstream in opposition. With 1,300 Jacobites posted in Drogheda, only 6,000 were left at Oldbridge to repel 26,000 Williamites. All the fighting took place on the south side of the river as the vastly outnumbered Jacobite forces defended their position against the advancing Williamites. William himself crossed at Drybridge with 3,500 mounted troops. The Jacobites retreated across the river Nanny at Duleek and regrouped west of the Shannon to carry on the war.
Old Mellifont Abbey In 1142, the first Cistercians came to Ireland at the invitation of St Malachy, archbishop of Armagh. He had visited the famous monastery of Clairvaux on a journey to Rome and, impressed by what he found there, asked St Bernard, the abbot, to train some of his companions in the monastic way of life. These monks, together with some ten other French monks, became the founders of old Mellifont Abbey, about two miles from Monasterboice. The site was donated by O’Carroll, chieftain of Oriel.
The monastery flourished and founded several other Cistercian houses in Ireland. Monastic life continued there until King Henry VIII’s suppression of the monasteries in 1539.
Today the ruins of Old Mellifont are in the care of Heritage Ireland, with an informative Visitor Centre.
Bective Abbey was founded in 1147, though much of the remaining ruins date from the 15th century. The abbey sits overlooking the River Boyne, just 15 minutes from Navan in County Meath.
The Abbey was Ireland’s second Cistercian abbey, established after the success of nearby Mellifont. It was one of the country’s most important monastic settlements, as its abbot sat in the Parliament of the Pale. Additionally, Hugh De Lacy was buried there before being moved to Dublin.
The abbey closed after its suppression under Henry VIII and was made into a manor house handed over to civil servants in reward for their loyal work.
Due to its castle-like qualities, the site was also chosen as a location for the 1995 film ‘Braveheart’.
Trim Castle, the largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland, was constructed over a thirty-year period by Hugh de Lacy and his son Walter. Hugh de Lacy was granted the Liberty of Meath by King Henry II in 1172 in an attempt to curb the expansionist policies of Richard de Clare, (Strongbow). Construction of the massive three storied Keep, the central stronghold of the castle, was begun c. 1176 on the site of an earlier wooden fortress. This massive twenty-sided tower, which is cruciform in shape, was protected by a ditch, curtain wall and moat.
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Admission Charges :
Battle of the Boyne
Adult € 4.00 Senior / Group € 3.00
Child / Student € 2.00 Family € 10.00
Old Mellifont Abbey
Adult €4.00 Senior/Group € 3.00
Child/Student €2.00 Family €10.00
Adult €4.00 Senior/Group €3.00
Child/Student €2.00 Family €10.00
Castle Excluding the Keep
Adult €2.00 Senior/Group €1.00
Child/ Student €1.00 Family €4.00
Other Venues in the area that maybe of interest to you.
- Monasterboice (Celtic Crosses)
- Hill of Slane
- Hill of Tara
- Millmount & Montello Tower
- St Peter’s / St Oliver’s Shine
- The Jumping Church