Drogheda Dominican Friary / Magdalene Tower, Co. Louth
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Magdalene Tower is a landmark located at the highest point of the northern part of Drogheda, County Louth. All that now remains of the once important Dominican Friary is the belfry tower. Lucas de Netterville, then Archbishop of Armagh, founded the monastery in about 1224.

The tower itself is of 14th-century construction. The importance of this friary is signified by the fact that it was here that O'Neill and the other Ulster chiefs acknowledged their submission to Richard II, King of England, at the end of 14th-century.
The Hospital of St. Mary d'Urso was founded in 1206-14 by Ursus de Swemele and his wife Christina, it lay at the western end of the town. It was subsequently taken over by the Augustinians. In 1330 the flood of the Boyne did considerable damage to the monastery.The building was restored mainly thanks to the generosity of the Brandon family.

The religious life of Drogheda was utterly transformed by the measures taken to progress the Reformation in Ireland. The great abbeys, priories and hospitals all disappeared and their lands were taken by the Crown.

More about Monastic Sites in Ireland you will find HERE.


From town centre proceed north up Peter Street into Lower Magdalene Street and then turn right into Upper Magdalene Street.

Attractions nearby

Ardgillan Castle and Demesne within 19.3 km
Athcarne Castle Ruins within 12.3 km
Athlumney Castle Ruins within 22.7 km
Balbriggan Lighthouse within 16.3 km
Baldongan Castle and Church Ruins within 23.5 km
Ballygarth Castle within 7.4 km
Baltray Ship Wreck within 7.1 km
Barmeath Castle and Garden within 12.1 km
Beaulieu / Bewley House, Garden and Car Museum within 3.9 km
Bective Abbey, Cistercian within 27.7 km
Dardistown Castle within 6.5 km
Donaghmore Round Tower and Church Ruins within 21.2 km
Dromiskin Round Tower and High Cross within 23 km
Dunmahon Castle Ruins within 27 km
Dunmoe Castle Ruins within 19.5 km
Dunsany Castle within 27.3 km
Durhamstown Castle Ruins within 29.7 km
Gormanston Castle (College) within 12 km
High Cross and St Mary's Augustinian Abbey, Duleek within 8.3 km
Hill of Slane, Slane Abbey, Franciscan within 12.6 km
Killeen Castle within 26.4 km
Knockabbey Castle and Gardens within 28.2 km
Louth Hall Castle Ruins within 25.3 km
Lusk Round Tower within 24.6 km
Man O'War Pub & Restaurant within 20.6 km
Mellifont Abbey, Cistercian within 8 km
Monasterboice High Crosses, Round Tower and Church within 8 km
Monktown Castle Ruins within 17.9 km
Newbridge House, Park and Farm within 28.5 km
Roodstown Castle within 19.4 km
Skerries Windmills within 22.4 km
Skryne / Skreen / Screen Castle within 20.4 km
Slane Castle within 13.9 km
St Mochta's House and St Mary's Augustinian Priory / Abbey within 29.1 km
St. Peter's Church, Church of Ireland, Drogheda within 0.3 km
St. Peter's Church, Roman Catholic, Drogheda within 0.3 km
Termonfeckin Castle Ruins within 7.2 km

C and C Parks

North Beach Caravan and Camping Park, Rush within 27.7 km