Dundalk ( Irish: Dún Dealgan ) is the capital of County Louth in the province of Leinster in Ireland and was founded in 1189.

The Irish name Dún Dealgan means as much as Dealga 's Fort and in communication with the mystical Irish hero Cú Chulainn. The city is located about 80 km north of Dublin and has 31 073 inhabitants ( 2011).

Dundalk is located on the National Primary Route M1/N1 exactly between the two largest cities of Ireland, Dublin and Belfast; the distance to the Northern Irish border is just 10 km away. The city has access to the Irish Sea and also a small port by the Dundalk Bay. The distance to Dublin International Airport is by bus about 1:20 hours by car on the M1 50 minutes ( 70 km). In addition, Dundalk is accessible by train; the town lies on the railway line Dublin - Belfast.

Among the numerous churches in Dundalk, is in Cambridge, built along the lines of King's College Chapel, and in 1847 finished Roman Catholic St. Patrick's Church, the largest of the city.

The town center has four major shopping centers (Dundalk Shopping Centre, Carroll Village, Long Walk, Marshes ).

Dundalk has a considerable number of pubs, seven hotels ( Park Inn, Ballymascanlon, Carrickdale, Derryhale, fairways, Imperial and Crowne Plaza ), five Nightclubs ( SKY, Sgt Peppers, Ridley, Brubaker, Silence ) and a cinema complex with seven movie theaters. Golfer's Paradise consists of four 18-hole golf courses.

2004, a modern stadium for greyhound dog racing and horse racing was opened.

Largest educational institution is the Dundalk Institute of Technology ( DKIT ), one of 14 universities of its kind in Ireland.

In the region around Dundalk have some international companies branches: Xerox, ABB, Coca Cola, Diageo, Quantum and Heinz.

Dundalk is also home to the successful pop band The Corrs.


Dundalk is twinned with the French town Rezé in the Pays de la Loire since 1990.

Sons and daughters of the town

  • Francis Leopold McClintock (1819-1907), Rear Admiral of the Royal Navy and an important Arctic explorer
  • Pádraig Faulkner (1918-2012), politician
  • Peter Rice (1935-1992), Irish engineer and author
  • Liam Reilly ( born 1955 ), Irish singer-songwriter
  • Emer Costello (born 1962 ), politician from Black Rock / Dundalk (Irish Labour Party )
  • John Moore (born 1970 ), Irish writer-director
  • Caroline, Sharon, Jim and Andrea Corr, members of the band The Corrs
  • Niall Breen ( born 1986 ), race car driver
  • Rob Kearney ( born 1986 ), rugby players
  • Adam Pepper ( * 1991), ice hockey goalkeeper