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Drogheda is the place to live –

Fabulous scenery, terrific amenities, a good transport network, atmospheric pubs, thriving sports clubs and decent restaurants are all good reasons for choosing a place to live, but for the average John or Jane Smith, affordable housing comes first. This is where Drogheda, on the mouth of the mighty Boyne river, scores high.

We will come to all that the Co Louth town and area have to offer, but first, the property prices locally. Using the standard three-bedroom semi-detached home price as a marker, Drogheda compares very well nationally, especially for those finding the Dublin market a bit stiff. But the message is coming in Louth and clear: get in fast.

According to the Real Estate Alliance’s recent national survey, the price of an average three-bed semi in Louth rose by 22.36pc in 2014, but, says CEO Philip Farrell: “Kildare, Louth and Meath all offer average housing under the Central Bank’s new threshold of €220,000 for those looking to buy in the commuter belt with accessibility to Dublin.”

While the town was established by the Normans, the area’s history goes back thousands of years. The Boyne Valley is a World Heritage Site and has one of Europe’s largest and most important megalithic sites. The castle at Trim is the largest remaining Norman castle in Europe and featured in the film Braveheart.

The Battle of the Boyne on July 1, 1690 saw Willam III gain victory over James II and plays a role in Irish politics to this day.

The 2006 Census indicated Drogheda’s urban and suburban population was approximately 45,000.