Louth has a rich mercantile, industrial and commercial heritage which includes brewing, engineering manufacturing and agriculture. Over the centuries, important trade took place through Drogheda and Dundalk with England and France as well as further afield. This project will gather and highlight many archival and historical gems of Co Louth under this theme that can be used to provide a fascinating experience for users.
Phase one of this project will see a researcher create the content for a first-class visitor experience which will take the form of an online exhibition (to be created in a second phase). The project will involve carrying out research, writing final narrative, copying a selection of archival documents, creating new photographs of heritage sites or artefacts and amalgamating various sources.
The project will also use the O’Byrne alias Byrne family of Allardstown, Co Louth as a focal point. They were an Irish Gentry family, landed with mercantile interests in Dundalk, Drogheda, Dublin, London and Paris. The researcher will seek to make links with various collaborative partners including historical and heritage societies, members of the community, business sector and the Byrne family.