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For many years, Carlingford has had a special attraction and charm- especially for the antiquarian. This is because of its many castellated ruins which have thankfully survived an industrial age which destroyed the heart of many other ancient towns such as our neighbours, Dundalk and Newry, whose medieval buildings and defences had all been removed by the end of the 18th century. The perennial interest in Carlingford’s ruins is reflected in the numerous articles on its archaeology and history which have already appeared, ranging from Lewis’ Topographical Dictionary to the numerous miscellanea in the pages of the Journal of the County Louth Archaeological and Historical Society.

In 1992 the Trust produced the very popular “Medieval Town Trail of Carlingford” followed later that year by “Carlingford Town – An Antiquarian’s Guide” by Paul Gosling which is the essential guide to Carlingford’s historical past intended to complement the “Medieval Town Trail of Carlingford”.

2011 sees the publication of the Irish Historic Towns Atlas Edition No. 23 “Carlingford” produced by the Royal Irish Academy and part funded by the Carlingford Lough Heritage Trust.

Available at the Heritage Centre and Post Office in Carlingford.

The latest publication

Irish Historic Towns Atlas No. 23 Carlingford
(Price €30.00)
  • This superb Atlas will be of great interest to all who are interested in the history of Carlingford, Cartography and Topography as well as those with a penchant for historical illustrations.
  • Carlingford details the growth of this port and fishing town at the gateway to south Ulster and north Leinster on Carlingford Lough. From its Anglo-Norman foundation, the picturesque town attracted many artists and traveller.
  • Twenty maps and views are included on loose sheets along with thematic maps and contemporary vignettes throughout the text section. A topographical gazetteer details c. 450 sites that contributed to the urban growth of the town.
 Also included is a CD-ROM of the publication where the text is word searchable and the maps and images are in high resolution allowing for detailed examination.

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