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Welcome to Louth County Archives Service

Your gateway to Louth's history

Louth County Archives Service is located in a magnificent mid-19th century gaol building located on the Ardee Road, Dundalk.  It was founded in 2000 as a result of the passing of the Local Government Act, 1994.  It is a repository for the public and private archives of County Louth.  This means it collects and makes available the public archives of the County’s local government and also the private archives that document the history and development of the county such as those of individuals, organisations, clubs, societies, businesses, landed estates, and national schools.  If you have a collection that you would like to donate to the County Archives we would be delighted to hear from you.Gaol Exterior 2008
Building Interior-Sep2013


Mission Statement

"The identification, preservation and availability of the valuable public and private archives of County Louth".

Opening Hours

By appointment, preferably one week in advance (or more if travelling long-distance) Mon – Fri: 9am – 12pm, 2pm – 4pm

Readers are required to complete an application form on their first visit, after reading the Rules for Readers. Copying fees apply.

Readers' Application Form

Rules for Readers

Contact Us

The entrance is on the Ardee Road at the rear of the Dundalk Garda Station. (Please note there is no access via the adjacent Machinery Yard).

Louth County Archives
Old Gaol
Ardee Road
County Louth

Tel: +353 (0)42 9324358
Email: archive@louthcoco.ie

What Are Archives?

Archives are the records which organisations and individuals have produced as a result of running their business and daily lives. They are a unique and irreplaceable primary source material that provide evidence of our society and serve as our memory.  They have a long-term value.  Records do not need to be old to be archives.  It is the nature of the information that they contain and the fact that they are the only such record of an organisation or individual that merits their permanent preservation in the County Archives.  Archives come in many formats: photographs, maps, plans, drawings, bound volumes, files, letters, diaries, literary manuscripts, disc, electronic records, film or sound recordings.  The archives found in Louth County Archives Service are the records of the life and history of County Louth.  The aim of the County Archives is to make the archive collections available to the public.

Universal Declaration on Archives adopted by UNESCO

The United Nations’ cultural organisation, UNESCO, adopted the Universal Declaration on Archives on 21st November 2011.

 ‘The Declaration is an important step in improving understanding and awareness of archives among the general public and key decision-makers.  It is a powerful, succinct statement of the relevance of archives in modern society’ as stated by the International Council on Archives.  For more information, see http://icarchives.webbler.co.uk/?lid=13343&bid=1101.

Text of the Universal Declaration on Archives (1 page)(size 203.2 KB)


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Contact Archives

Old Gaol
Ardee Road
Tel.: 042 9324358
Email: archive@louthcoco.ie

Opening Hours

  • Motor Tax
    Dundalk & Drogheda 09:30-16:00
    Closed 3rd Wednesday of each month until 11.00am
  • All other offices
    9am through lunch to 5pm