Public Records

Perhaps because Louth has been long-settled, it has excellent public records, more reminiscent of those to be found in England than the paucity generally prevailing in war-ravaged Ireland. The 1996 Archives Steering Group report (based on a survey of public archives) reported that Louth has 'a good quantity of archives and they are of high quality...the urban archives are particularly good in Co Louth; Drogheda has one of the largest and best collections seen and those of Ardee are one of the oldest in the country. The Drogheda Harbour Commissioners' records are also among the best of their type in the country'. There are also many good private archives, which are of great value to researchers.