Location

Clogherhead (Irish: Ceann Chlochair, meaning rocky headland)

Clogherhead is a fishing village located in County Louth, (7 mile outside Drogheda) Ireland. Located in a picturesque natural bay on the East Coast it is bordered by the villages of Annagassan to the north and Termonfeckin to the south.

It is in the townlands of Clogher and Callystown, about 12 km (7 mi) northeast of Drogheda.

“Clogher” means “Rocky” and more than 5000 years ago, the Celtic tribesmen moved massive boulders from here, down the coast and up the River Boyne, to build the famous, Ancient Neolithic Tombs of Newgrange.  In what is an amazing feat of engineering, they moved these massive boulders, forty miles from the Irish Coast and up the River Boyne to build Newgrange.

Clogherhead is also credited with being the ‘Birthplace of Ireland.’ Five hundred million years ago, this part of the coast was the centre of an important Tectonic Plate shift, which saw the continents of America and Europe collide.  Here at this quiet fishing harbour of Port Oriel, the ‘concertina’ appearance of the rocks show the impact this shift had, and how Ireland was formed.  Fossils from both continents have been found in rocks here.

Callystown, which has generally been translated as Baile na gCailleach,  the “town of the nuns”.  Tradition says that there was once a nunnery at Callystown, hence the name.  But the issue is not as straightforward as that.  The Cailleach was an ancient goddess, revered in prehistoric Ireland in places for and wide.  She was known in some places as the Cailleach Bheara/Cally Vera, and although long since reduced to the paltry stature of a “hag” or “crone”, it seems that at one time she was a female deity held in very high esteem.  For more information log into https://mythicalireland.com

An area of rocks, known as Dead Man’s and Red Mans Cave, lies at the side of the head in Clogherhead. Some say it is called RedMan’s because of the myth but others say it is because red seaweed lays nearby. The story is about a crew from Spain that sailed to Ireland. Most of the crew died from scurvy on the voyage. When they reached Clogherhead the 6 remaining crew members and captain camped at the caves. As the story progresses, each night, someone mysteriously dies leaving 3 crew and the captain. The crew suspect the captain so they chopped of his head, stuck it on a stick and placed it at the caves now known as RedMans cave. According to people that have been at RedMans at night they say that they see a man walking around the Clogherhead area singing and whistling.