Research Project on the Mercantile, Industrial and Commercial Heritage of County Louth

Louth County Archives Service
Old Gaol
Ardee Road
Co. Louth
Target Audience
Specific Groups

Louth has a rich mercantile, industrial, and commercial heritage which includes brewing, engineering, manufacturing, and agriculture. Over the centuries, important trade with England and France (as well as further afield) has taken place through Drogheda and Dundalk.

This project gathers and highlights many archival and historical gems of County Louth under this theme that can be used to provide a fascinating experience for users.

Phase One of this project sees a researcher create the content for a first-class visitor experience which is set to take the form of an online exhibition (to be created in a second phase). The project involves carrying out research, writing a final narrative, copying a selection of archival documents, creating new photographs of heritage sites or artifacts, and amalgamating various sources.

The project also uses the O’Byrne (alias Byrne) family of Allardstown, County 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, the business sector, and the Byrne family.