The quiet seaside village of Annagassan lies where the river Glyde meets the sea. It has a rich Viking heritage and was once an important Viking settlement, known as Linn Duchaill. Annagassan has a long stretch of beach and a charming harbour which are ideal spots to admire the natural beauty and sea views. Nearby along the Strand Road you will also find Salterstown Pier which is flanked by a rocky beach. Both beaches have wonderful views across Dundalk Bay to the Cooley Peninsula and Mourne Mountains.
Festivals/Events not to be missed:
Taste of Togher
“Sweet Annagassan that neat little village
Where some live by fishing and others by tillage,
‘tis often I walked it and rambled all o’er,
To see the ‘old salts’ as they came on the shore.”
By Master Kane & Pupils of Willistown N.S. (mid 1880’s)
Interesting Fact: Annagassan was the site of one of the first major Viking settlements in Ireland, taking over the Irish fort of Linns. Carbon testing on trenches at a site in Annagassan in 2011 revealed it once housed a Viking winter base, one of only two in Ireland. The other site went on to become Dublin!
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