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Welcome to Westcourt Hotel

Welcome to Westcourt Hotel, the epitome of hip sophistication set in the heart of the bustling town of Drogheda.

bedrooms feature the very latest technology and facilities to ensure a pleasant stay and our staff are on hand at all times should you have any requests.

The recently refurbished Westcourt Hotel is the ultimate in on-trend luxury, with a city style and smooth ambience that has quickly made it one of the most popular destinations in the area.

Top class business amenities and conference facilities capable of accommodating up to 350 people at this fully staffed venue will ensure that your appointments run like clockwork and make a striking impression.

Perfectly located close to shops, bars, and eateries and featuring West29 restolounge, Earth nightclub and Barroco Cรกfe Bar, Westcourt Hotel provides guests with everything they could need for a special break. All 27 of our tastefully and individually decorated

DINE

DRINK

Our stunning wedding, birthday and hen party packages mean that the organisation is taken out of your hands entirely and looked after by the experts. So all you need to do is enjoy your stay and we look forward to welcoming you again.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome Note ………..................……………… 1 Westcourt Hotel ……........................……….. 4-5 Barroco Cáfe Bar ..........………........................... 6 West29 Restolounge …….......................…. 7-9 Earth Nightclub .....…………........................... 11 Weddings ……………………......................... 13-17 Corporate & Private Functions ................…. 19 Famous Faces at Westcourt Hotel ….. 20-21 History of Drogheda …………........................ 23 Tourist Attractions ............................ 24-25 Festivals ....................................................... 29 Nightlife ……….……………….............................. 31 Eating Out ……….………………........................ 33 Shopping ……….………………............................ 35 Golf & Horse Racing ……….......................... 37 Activities in Drogheda …................................ 39 Walking …...………............................................ 41 Tourist Info .................................................. 43

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Style and sophistication with an urban twist. This is the winning combination that makes Westcourt Hotel the most popular destination in the area. Just 25 minutes from Dublin airport this luxury hotel in the heart of the bustling Co. Louth town of Drogheda is now savouring the fruits of a 2011 refurbishment that has seen it garner a reputation of city chic meets elegance. It is perfectly located, close to shopping centres, top golf courses, Newgrange and Slane Castle and is an ideal venue for business meetings, weddings, conventions, hen parties, family breaks and weekend getaways. Although the dĂŠcor is different in each of the 27 bedrooms, it is evident that all have been decorated with thought and meticulous care. The urban feel

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extends also to the features and facilities as each room has a flat screen television with cable channels and high speed WiFi internet access. Staff and management at Westcourt Hotel strive to ensure that you have a comfortable, enjoyable and relaxing stay, taking full advantage of all of the services available. Drogheda is a vibrant, exciting town and there is a palpable energy that ripples through the streets and along the Boyne Valley. Take in the sights, wander through the town, explore the area, enjoy the many fine pubs and restaurants and retreat to the comfort of Westcourt Hotel on Drogheda’s West Street. Nothing has been left to chance at this boutique style accommodation where every design choice and the use of textures, colours and fabrics have been carefully coordinated.


transformed into the hippest & liveliest luxury designer hotel in the region.

Guest Amenities w In-room tea/coffee making facilities w Iron/Trouser press w Work station w 24Hr room service w Secure car parking w Laundry service w Flat screen plasma TVs with cable movies and channels w Hair dryer w In-room shampoo/shower products w Earth Nightclub (complimentary admission to all residents) w Conference and banqueting facilities w High speed wireless internet access w 24Hr reception w Hospitality trays w All bedrooms are en-suite

Sweet Dreams!

FREE WiFi in Public Areas and in all our Guest Rooms. Check-in and Check-out • Check-In available at hotel reception desk from 2.30pm. • Check-out at 12 noon at the latest. Parking is complimentary for our residents. Westcourt Hotel has a smoke free policy. Smoking is not permitted in any public or private parts of the hotel including all hotel rooms. Designated smoking areas are provided throughout the hotel. Pets are not permitted. Service animals allowed for persons with disabilities.

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Barroco Café Bar During the week, Barroco Café Bar is the perfect place to unwind after a tough day’s business or leisure. Barroco Café Bar means guaranteed excellent service and mouthwatering cuisine from around the world, allowing you to shake off the stresses of the day. Friday shifts things up a gear with our DJ playing all your favourite hits with a late bar until 1.30am. On Saturday we go supersonic with DJ Keith and our late bar is open until 1.30am, getting you ready to hit Earth Nightclub. Barroco Café Bar is the only place to be for special occasions. We cater for everything from hen parties to office dos, and our Birthday Club package is a great night guaranteed.

CAFÉ BAR OPENING HOURS Breakfast: 7.30am – 11am Lunch: 11am – 3pm Dinner: 3pm – 9pm

BARROCO BAR OPENING HOURS Open nightly until 11:30pm Fri & Sat open until 1:30am with DJ

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Cocktail, Beer & Wine menu available till late, all served to your table.

Eaten Already?... Drinks tables after 10pm

West29 is the place to see and be seen.

The West29 signature cheesecake, Rolo and Baileys Cheesecake, is too delectable for words.

discerning foodies. Our famous steak dinners are not to be taken lightly, only the very best cuts may apply. Choose from our wide selection of dishes designed for sharing or savour individual entrées from an extensive selection of steaks, seafood tapas and pasta dishes.

Dinner is a stylish, vibrant affair as the door to West29 RestoLounge opens onto a fun, hip and casually elegant dining experience that is bound to impress even the most

Food is served from Thursday to Sunday from 5-10pm. Sunday Lunch is served from 12pm-3pm. To make a reservation for West29 contact receiption by dialling 0.

West 29 RestoLounge was the proud recipient of the “Best Eating Establishment 2012” at Drogheda Chamber Business Awards.

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€29 @ West 29

small plate, big plate & dessert. all for €29

West29 RestoLounge

Winner of

‘BEST EATING ESTABLISHMENT OF THE YEAR 2012’ at Drogheda Chamber Business Awards

sample of our set dinner menu

Small Plates

Soup O’ The West Caesar Salad cos lettuce, garlic croutons, caesar dressing, bacon pieces, shaved parmesan cheese Buffalo Chicken Wings mild or spicy, Cashel blue cheese dip, crunchy celery Braised Baby Back Ribs sticky baby back ribs, honey, ginger & garlic glaze Spicy Meatballs special blend of herbs & spices, tomato, crème fraiche Caprese Salad buffalo mozzarella & tomatoes, crisp salad, chef’s basil pesto House Bruschetta tomatoes, red onions, garlic & fresh basil pesto on crisp Italian bread

Big Plates

Beer Battered Haddock fillet of haddock in a light beer batter, tartar sauce Thai Chicken Curry authentic spicy red Thai curry, jasmine rice & naan bread Oriental Stir Fry wok fired chicken, medley of vegetables, oriental flavours Steak Frites 5oz rib eye steak, flash cooked and served with sauce of your choice West29 Burger 7oz prime Irish minced beef gubbeen oak smoked cheese, flour bap, chef’s burger relish The Rib Eye 10oz rib eye, full of flavour & very tender, choose from peppercorn, garlic, mushroom & cognac or tomato & basil sauce Ribs & Wings Combo chef’s own hickory BBQ ribs with your choice of spicy or mild wings Irish Fillet Steak (€5 supp) 8oz of prime fillet with choice of peppercorn, garlic, mushroom & cognac or tomato & basil sauce Pan Seared Chicken chicken breast fillet, with mushroom cognac sauce or creamy pepper sauce All main courses are served with a selection of vegetables and potatoes

Dessert Plates

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Medley of West29 desserts. Freshly brewed tea/coffee


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TAPAS Small Plates

(Calamar) Calamari lightly fried Soup O’ The West soup of the

calamari rings, lime, chilli & coriander dip

day with selection of house baked breads

(Albóndigas Picantes) Spicy Meatballs Caprese Salad beef tomato, buffalo mozzarella,

special blend of herbs & spices, tomato, red wine and crème fraiche

(Patatas Bravas) Fried Potatoes crispy fried potatoes with a mild spiced tomato sauce (V)

baby leaf salad drizzled with chef’s own basil pesto (V)

Caesar Salad cos lettuce, herb & garlic croutons, house caesar dressing, shaved parmesan cheese

(Estofado De Costillas) Braised Baby Buffalo Chicken Wings our signature buffalo chicken wings, Cashel blue cheese dip, mild Back Ribs sticky baby back ribs, ginger & or spicy garlic glaze

(Aceitunas Y Selección De Pan) Olives & Bread selection of speciality olives and

BIG Plates

house baked breads with balsamic vinegar, Fish ‘N’ Choose fillet of daily catch in a light beer evoo and dips (V) batter with homemade tartar sauce

(Buffalo Alas De Pollo) Buffalo Chicken Pan Seared Chicken mushroom & cognac sauce Wings our signature chicken wings, with Cashel blue cheese dip, crunchy celery sticks Thai Curry authentic spicy red Thai curry with sautéed chicken

1 small plate & 1 big plate €15.95

West 29 Burger crispy bacon & gubbeen oak

smoked cheese, homemade flour bap with chef’s own burger relish

Steak Frites 5oz rib eye steak, flash cooked and served with pepper sauce & skinny fries

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FANCY SOMETHING LIGHTER?

Going to a show? Join us in West29 for a pre-show dinner or Tapas to share. € 25 pre-show menu available... www.west29.ie | email: west29@westcourt.ie | ph: 041 983 0966

Going dancing?? Continue the singing & dancing at the liveliest party venues in Drogheda, Barroco Bar & Earth Nightclub.

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Tapas Board to Share (select 3 tapas) & a 250ml carafe of wine or beer of choice for

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11.30pm till late

THURS, FRI SAT & SUN

Earth Nightclub is out of this world. Open from 11.30pm til late, Thursday to Sunday, Earth has been clubber’s heaven for over a decade and is firmly established on the dance scene. Refurbished in 2008, the club is floor to ceiling decadence, making every night special. Plush, luscious and comfortable, there’s a sparkling air of excitement from the minute you cross the threshold. The nightclub has five bars so you’ll be spoiled for choice and the beer garden is a real hotspot, beautifully designed in cedar wood with stone tiling and all-weather sofas and upholstery. Turn things up a notch and check out our VIP lounge. With its own distinctive identity, you can enjoy the world’s finest wines and champagnes and a unique cocktail menu to intrigue even the most discerning cocktail connoisseur. All of this is nothing without excellent music and Earth has the highest quality entertainment technology money can buy. The best tracks sound even better at Earth. We host the greatest parties on the east coast and our infamous beach party featured 80 tonnes of sand, a swimming pool and a guest appearance by Borat himself. This and a host of other parties are just a taste of what Earth has to offer. Come see for yourself.

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Charming specialise in creating beautifully handcrafted jewellery using only the ďŹ nest Swarovski crystals and best range of cultured pearls. - Custom Wedding Jewellery - Made to Order Jewellery - Pearls Restung - Jewellery Repair

First right after hotel Shop is located on the left

No. 3 Stockwell Lane Drogheda, Co. Louth Tel: 041 9871 876 Mob: 087 2800 939

10% Discount

to Westcourt Hotel Guests

(T&C Apply: Must produce room key on purchase)

Charming Hand-made jewellers

Cakes for all occasions

Tullyallen, Drogheda. Co. Louth | 041 980 4239

Mary 086 338 8893

Bernadette 086 373 8562

Piperstown

Equestrian Centre

State-of-the-art Riding Centre located in the most scenic part of Louth and offer riding on varying terrain; from Forest Trails and

Rolling Pastureland to Country Lanes. Everyone is welcome.

Even those without any horse-riding skills are encouraged to have a go under the watchful eye of an experienced instructor.

Riding School & Livery also available!

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Wedding Packages

A wedding at Westcourt Hotel is a special occasion from

Elegant surroundings, beautifully prepared dishes from

your very first meeting with us. Our wedding team is at your

your customised menu and excellent service are the very

beck and call to ensure that your day is tailored to meet

least you can expect from a wedding at Westcourt Hotel.

your wishes exactly and we pride ourselves on creating an occasion that is truly yours.

HSE Registered Office for Co. Louth We are also licensed to hold civil ceremonies and the newly

We have recently refurbished our wedding areas and the same care and dedication that was applied to the hotel aesthetic is reflected in making your day as special as it can be. Our experienced management team will accompany you every step of the way as you plan your wedding, leave you only as you walk down the aisle, and fall into step with you once again as your reception begins. At this point the management team and staff will take over and oversee your day, ensuring that it runs smoothly, taking the organisation out of your hands and allowing you to savour every second of this special occasion.

refurbished wedding ballroom can accommodate up to 280 people banquet-style, has two new bars and an exclusive smoking garden. The ballroom and function rooms have been decorated with warm tones and plush carpets throughout, lending the occasion the touch of luxury it warrants.

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Drogheda Town Centre, Drogheda, Co. Louth

Marshes Shopping Centre, Dundalk, Co. Louth

Tel: (041) 983 4177

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Wedding Packages As part of our wedding package, the hotel will provide a red

dessert, tea and coffee, and after-dinner mints. This is in

carpet welcome, a champagne reception and fresh fruit

addition to our full wedding package, open drinks toast for

platter on arrival for the bridal party, welcoming tea, coffee

all your guests and a finger food buffet in the evening.

and biscuits for all your guests, fresh lilies in modern style vases, top table and cake floral arrangements, crisp white table linen and linen napkins and personalised menus on all tables. We also provide a toast master during the speeches,

Put your wedding in the hands of the experts and let us take care of everything.

a dedicated manager throughout the day, a complimentary bridal suite, reduced accommodation rates for your guests who wish to stay over night, and iced water and orange cordial for all tables.

You can also avail of our all-inclusive Wedding Package that

Celebrate your event in idyllic surroundings

includes a set 5 Course Dinner of starter, soup, main course,

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10%

WEDDING PACKAGE

OFF for all guests of Westcourt Hotel Must produce room key

For Bridal party of 3 or more Mother of the bride complimentary Includes bottle of champagne

HEN’S /GIRL’S PARTY PACKAGE

Group of 4 or more Each get a €5 discount Included complimentary bottle of champagne

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Corporate & Private Functions Business

Celebrations

At Westcourt Hotel we mean business and this is evident in

Westcourt Hotel is an absolute must for birthdays, hen

the exceptionally high standard of service we set ourselves.

parties and celebrations. With packages designed to suit

As a result, Westcourt Hotel is one of the leading Conference

every occasion and every budget, staff at Westcourt Hotel

Centres in the region. With six business suites available and

will be only too happy to find a solution to suit your needs.

a fully staffed facility, we can configure each setup to suit

Christenings, Christmas and anniversaries are like a second

your needs. We offer everything for the discerning business

language to the hotel staff who will accommodate you, just

guest including photocopying, wireless internet access, and

say the word.

printer, scanner and fax services, all operated by our staff. Such experts are we at the art of celebrating that we have The convenient access to Dublin city centre and Belfast city

formed the Birthday Club in conjunction with Barroco CafĂŠ

via the M1 motorway and public rail and road transportation

Bar and have devised special birthday packages to choose

already lends an impression of efficiency and organisation

from. Our team of party coordinators will make sure that

to any conference, convention or meeting.

your celebration goes off with a bang.

Our business facilities include meeting rooms with versatile

Our evening function menu has been designed to make your

configurations, a town centre location, and 2 to 350 person

meal a highlight of the night and with dinner, drinks and

capacity. A team of dedicated staff will assist you throughout

dancing all at your fingertips, you are in for an unforgettable

your event and our facilities include all of the technical

night.

equipment and amenities you could require. Complimentary parking, discounted gym and swimming pool admission and accommodation packages complement your event perfectly.

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Famous Faces at WESTCOURT Hotel

Westcourt Hotel was once known as The White Horse Hotel and was very much at the centre of Drogheda town life. Over the years it saw its fair share of famous faces.

1899

1880

President of the United States, Woodrow Wilson

Irish sculptor and painter, John Cassidy

The 28th President of the United

The

States, Woodrow Wilson, stayed in

John Cassidy stand in town parks

The White Horse Hotel in 1899 and

and libraries throughout England,

subsequently a letter was discovered

predominantly in Manchester. It

in his private collection which had

is not widely known that prior to

been written in the hotel on August 20th of that year.

moving to Dublin and being awarded a scholarship to

At the time Wilson was professor of jurisprudence and

study art in Milan, John worked as an apprentice bar

political economy at Princeton University and, apart from

tender at what is now known as Westcourt Hotel. During

academic friends, few in Ireland would have been aroused

his time in Drogheda, around 1880, he produced a number

by his 1899 visit.

of oil works on canvas, two of which are on show in the

sculptures

Drogheda Municipal Art Collection. 20 www.westcourt.ie

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Slane-born


The President, The Painter, The Author and The Actress...

1947

1930’s

Author, C.S. Lewis

& early

Three years before The Chronicles of Narnia was published, author

Famous American actress, Movita Castaneda

C.S.

in

Movita Castaneda is a famous

Drogheda where his brother had

Mexican American actress who

been admitted to hospital. It was

starred in the film ‘The Bounty

1947 and Sister Mary Martin of the Medical Missionaries

Hunter’, among others. She was married to Irish boxer

of Mary in Drogheda asked Lewis to contribute to a book

Jack Doyle and travelled to Ireland with him in the late

entitled “The First Decade – Ten Years of Work of the

1930’s and early 1940’s, staying at The White Horse Hotel.

Medical Missionaries of Mary”. One evening in the White

She subsequently became Marlon Brando’s second wife,

Horse Hotel Lewis wrote “Some Thoughts” which was

after meeting him in the late 1950’s, and they had two

included in the book.

children, Miko & Rebecca.

Lewis

found

himself

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Kangaroo Klub

Unit 14B Newgrange Business Park, Donore Road, Drogheda

Play Centre & Party Zone

The Kangaroo Klub is a friendly, fun environment for children up to the age of 10 years old.

PHONE : 041 - 9877777

OPENING WINTER: Fri - Sun 11am - 6pm SUMMER: July & August Open 7 day 11am-6pm HOURS

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HOMEFLAIR THE GIFT HOUSE OF DROGHEDA Since 1977, our family run shop in the heart of Drogheda, Co.Louth has been supplying high quality gifts to the local area and much further afield, from Seattle to Sydney!

92 West Street, Drogheda, Co.Louth 041 983 1859

WEB: www.homeflair.ie

Our Shop is directly opposite to the entrance to Westcourt Hotel

County Museum Dundalk The County Museum, Dundalk is located in a beautifully restored late 18th century warehouse in the Carroll Centre at Roden Place in Jocelyn Street. Funded by Dundalk Town Council, the museum opened in 1994 and offers an extensive programme of permanent exhibitions, temporary displays, drama presentations, music recitals, lecture and film.

Admission Fees Adults - €2 Children - €1 Family - €5 Groups of 10+ - 20% Discount School Groups - 50c per Child

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Opening Hours Tuesday to Saturday - 10am - 5pm Sunday & Monday - Closed Bank Holidays - Closed

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HISTORY OF DROGHEDA

Shop Street, Drogheda, 1474 - National Library of Ireland. From the Stereoscopic Collection, which was bought by William Lawrence and then came to National Library of Ireland. The photographers involved were James Simonton and Frederick Holland Mares

Often referred to as the “Gateway to

closely linked to the famous and

few miles outside the town, and

the Boyne”, the town of Drogheda

truly extraordinary burial tombs of

the storming of the town by Oliver

enjoys an exciting and dramatic

Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth just

Cromwell in 1649, Drogheda was

history. It seems to be in the

five miles upstream.

quite the centre of military history.

epicentre of a great deal of the area’s

Today visitors to the town can view

most fascinating historical features.

the head of Saint Oliver Plunkett

An idea of Drogheda’s prehistoric

at St. Peter’s Parish Church on the

origins becomes apparent from the

main street. There are a number

top of Millmount, a 19th century

of unique historic attractions, such

round martello tower. The relatively

as monuments and portions of

recently constructed tower stands

the old Norman town walls dating

atop a mound believed to be the

from the 12th century, including

burial place of a poet warrior from

St. Laurence’s Gate and the Butter

Spain called Amergin. This would

Gate. There is also a large section

date the mound to 1694BC, placing

Located at the mouth of the River

the origins of Drogheda thousands

Boyne, Drogheda’s name derives

of years earlier than previously

from the Irish “Droichead Átha”,

believed. Standing at Millmount,

meaning bridge of the ford. The

the Winter Solstice sun sets in the

town straddles both the river and

This is merely the tip of the iceberg

direction of the Hill of Tara, while

the counties of Louth and Meath

and with a host of major historical

sunset at the equinox occurs over

and was originally founded as

sites, museums and heritage centres

the Hill of Slane, the famous site

two separate towns. Now a busy,

in the town itself, coupled with the

where St. Patrick is believed to have

industrious

around

actual sites of battles, burial tombs

lit the first Paschal Fire, or Easter

30,000 inhabitants, Drogheda still

and passage graves just a few miles

fire, in Ireland.

hasn’t lost the impressive aura that

away, Drogheda is a fascinating walk

denotes the role it played in history.

through time for history buffs and

Best known for the Battle of the

the merely curious alike.

With evidence of passage tombs, the Drogheda area has always been

town

with

of the town wall close to St. Mary’s Church of Ireland, where Cromwell broke into the town in 1649.

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TOURIST ATTRACTIONS Drogheda leaps and bounds across the mighty River Boyne, its inhabitants crossing the expanse of water every day as they go about their daily business. The Boyne is the lifeblood of the town, as it has been for centuries, carrying with it thousands of years of history and sights that can be found nowhere else in the world.

This one town is famous for its music, festivals, castles, stately homes, passage tombs, towers, churches, beaches, race courses, fishing, fun parks, pubs, clubs, theatre, restaurants, and shopping.

Slane Castle – Historical home of rock The 1701 Slane Castle has a history as colourful as the artists it hosts each year at its many concerts. This iconic venue has seen Queen, Bruce Springsteen, the Rolling Stones, Bon Jovi, REM, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Oasis, Kings Of Leon and many more entertain up to 80,000 people at a time. U2 lived in the castle while recording their album, The Unforgettable Fire, and have played the venue three times to date.

A lifetime of aristocracy, architecture, a raging fire, history and rock ‘n’ roll have culminated to make this stunning castle an international star. Coincide your visit to Drogheda with a Slane Castle concert or take a tour of the castle, walk the grounds and enjoy a coffee where King George IV of England spent much of his time.

Battle of the Boyne Just a short distance away, along the banks of the river, the Battle of the Boyne was fought on 1st July 1690. Opposing monarchs, King William III and his fatherin-law, King James II, had armies of 36,000 and 25,000 men respectively; the largest number of troops ever sent out to an Irish battlefield. The Kings fought for the British throne, French dominance in Europe and religious power in Ireland.

William’s camp was on the north side of the river. James’s was on the south side, with the two armies facing each other. All of the fighting took place on the south bank of the river and approximately 1,500 were killed at the battle. The battle, won by William, was a turning point in James’ unsuccessful attempt to regain the crown and ultimately helped ensure the continuation of Protestant ascendancy in Ireland. 24 www.westcourt.ie


TOURIST ATTRACTIONS Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre & The Tombs

During the Vernal and Autumnal Equinox, people gather at dawn in Cairn T to watch sunlight enter the chamber

Newgrange, just a few miles from Drogheda, is the A-lister of burial tombs. This Stone Age heavyweight is a stunning example of pre-Christian architecture and engineering and

and illuminate the inside of the tomb. Another impressive tomb, Carin L, is found on Cairnbane West and visitors can obtain the key to this tomb from the guides.

visitors can’t help but be impressed by the genius that was involved in designing and constructing this masterpiece. Along with the similar structures of nearby Knowth and Dowth, Newgrange has been designated a UNESCO world heritage site.

At dawn every winter solstice, the rising sun aligns with the roof-box over the entrance to the tomb and the light fills the passage, gradually making its way to the foot of the chamber and reaching the back wall. The whole “light show” lasts for around nine minutes and is an astounding feat of engineering as the accuracy of the timetelling device that dates back 5,000 years is a testament to

A seaside kind of life

the intelligence of the people of the day.

Drogheda is not a seaside town, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t have access to some of the country’s finest

Newgrange, and the nearby passage tomb of Knowth, are

beaches. Port and The Big Strand near Clogherhead,

accessible only through the Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre.

Port Oriel Seapoint at Termonfeckin, and Mornington,

The centre has everything you’ll ever need in order to

Bettystown, Laytown and Mosney are all popular beaches

experience the wondrous history of this part of the world.

at any time of the year. The long stretches of

The extensive exhibition includes a full scale replica of the

sand are lapped on one side by the Irish Sea

chamber at Newgrange, as well as a full model of one of

and hugged by acres of dunes on the other, the beaches are perfect for swimming,

the smaller tombs at Knowth, and the tombs can only be visited with a tour guide.

12 km

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The Loughcrew Cairns, also known as the Hills of the Witch, are a group of Neolithic passage tombs dating to 3000 BC. The tombs are situated on three different hills and Cairn T, one of the largest tombs in the complex, is found on Cairnbane East. This tomb features some of the most beautiful examples of Neolithic art in Ireland. Cath Ionad Cuairteoirí Chat

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BATTLE OF THE BOYNE

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HEN PARTY CENTRAL Welcome to Hen Party Central at Westcourt Hotel Drogheda, the entertainment emporium of The North East, designed to excite & thrill We have a variety of packages available to suit all groups, small or large. We can also tailor make a package that will suit a specific group. Contact one of our hen party specialists, who will be happy to help with all the planning that is required for a great hen party. Enjoy!!!

Westcourt Hotel, West Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth

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TEL: +353 41 (0) 41 9830965 FAX: + 353 41 (0) 41 9830970 EMAIL: Email: reservations@westcourt.ie WEB: www.westcourt.ie


Special Offer Package 1

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20 or More Guests, Bride Stays Free 15 or More Guests, Bride Stays Free & Organizer gets 50% discount and Organizer Gets 50% Discount

Package 1 €75

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accOMODaTION

• CHAMPAGNE WELCOME IN BARROCO BAR AFTER CHECK IN

TO START

Guest Rooms Offer Comfort & Relaxation with a Variety of Room Configurations

• FINGER FOOD AS YOU START THE NIGHT

• CHAMPAGNE & CANAPÉ WELCOME IN BARROCO BAR AFTER CHECK IN, WITH RESERVED SEATING

• COCKTAIL OR DRINK OF CHOICE

• COCKTAIL OR DRINK OF CHOICE

• RESERVED SEATING IN BARROCO BAR

IN BETWEEN

• ADMISSION TO EARTH NIGHTCLUB

• DINNER IN BARROCO BRASSERIE, WITH GLASS RED/WHITE WINE

• ACCOMMODATION FOR THE NIGHT

• BACK TO BARROCO BAR WITH RESIDENT DJ

• FULL IRISH BREAKFAST

FOR LATER • ADMISSION TO EARTH NIGHTCLUB WITH • ACCOMMODATION FOR THE NIGHT RESERVED SEATING IN VIP AREA • FULL IRISH BREAKFAST • SECURE ON-SITE CAR PARKING

Package 3 €60 • BED & BREAKFAST • SECURE ON-SITE CAR PARKING • ADMISSION TO EARTH NIGHTCLUB

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West End Beauty HAIR DESIGN

Across the Road from Westcourt Hotel 84 West Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth WestEndBeautyDrogheda

Inese: 086 7396 733 / Gyte: 085 7612725

Wash & Blow Dry ................ from €15 Upstyle .............................. from €20 Cut, Colour & Blowdry .... from €50

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McHugh’s is a genuine, traditional Irish family 1-3 Chord Rd, Drogheda, Co. Louth owned and family run pub. This pub is as real as it gets. McHugh’s Venue is a modern, purpose built venue that is perfect for live performances.

Phone: 041 983 5995

Grennans Bar Drogheda

Newfoundwell Road, Drogheda Co. Louth - TEl: 0419871343

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Nightlife in Drogheda Drogheda is a large town

Barroco Café Bar is

no visit to Drogheda is

with a vibrant community.

the perfect place to start a

complete without a visit to

we find Grennan’s

It has the best of both

night out. This chilled out

McPhails. Even though the

the home of bingo, karaoke,

worlds: an exciting, young

venue has everything you

sign above the door reads

great fun and the best beer

population in an ancient,

need to set the tone for

“Peter Matthews”, you’re in

garden around. Race nights,

picturesque setting. This

an evening in Drogheda,

the right place.

golf outings, football, music,

leads to a very creative

whether you’re in the mood

fusion which is reflected

for a cool, crisp glass of wine

in the varied and inventive social scene. Drogheda

sophisticated restaurants serving the very finest cuisine and wines, some of the trendiest bars and one of the hottest nightclubs in the region, there are no excuses.

Bar,

poker, tribute bands and a whole lot more.

or something with a little

McHugh’s Bar & Venue opened in 1988

more fizz.

when Irish bands were

Take yourself to

nightlife has something to suit everyone. With

A little outside of the town

Earth

rocking charts around

Nightclub to finish off in

Despite its large population,

the world. McHugh’s is

style. Earth is the epitome

each of the bars and pubs

a modern, purpose-built

of cool and real clubbers

in Drogheda has a strong

venue for live music

will love the innovation and

performances and has

creativity that goes into

is famous, or infamous, at

all the best qualities of a

making each night unique.

this stage as one of the

traditional Irish pub.

Pure decadence at every

identity. McPhails

pub

best live music venues

turn.

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ELITE CABS PROFESSIONAL RELIABLE PROMPT

No mobile ? why not order your taxi using the FREE

Direct Hot Line in Westcourt Hotel Lobby

041 98 333 98 Planning a trip away ? Airport Transfers / Meet & Greet available Credit Card facility available on request

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Monasterboice Inn was the home of Thomas, brother of General Patrick Sarsfield, at the time of the Battle of the Boyne. When the day was lost, Thomas's throat was cut, and so he died, in Shop Street, in Drogheda. A 100 years later the patriot, Charles Hamilton Teeling, fleeing from capture in 1798, having swam the river Boyne on horseback, rode for succour to what was then the Monasterboice Inn in which you stand today. Engraved on a plaque on the outside of the Sarsfield room you can see the date 1786 and initials P.S.

Location & Opening Hours Donegans of Monasterboice Drogheda, Co. Louth

Tel: 041 9837383 www.monasterboice-inn.ie

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Monday – Saturday Breakfast: 10.30am – 12.30pm Lunch: 12.30pm – 3pm Afternoon: Tea 3.00pm – 5.30pm A La Carte: 5.30pm – 10pm Sundays Lunch: 12.30pm – 2.30pm Snack Menu Available: 2.30pm – 5pm A La Carte: 5.00pm – 9.30pm


Eating Out In Drogheda Drogheda is in the happy position of being in the centre of the best farmland

BORZALINO RISTORANTE - PIZZERIA

in Ireland and that shows in the food produced in the area. Succulent meat and the freshest fruit and vegetables are all put to good use in the fine restaurants and coffee shops in the town. The town’s proximity to the coast allows for the freshest seafood and the only dilemma left to visitors will be choosing between any number of Drogheda’s fine restaurants.

For something a little more traditional, Monasterboice Inn channels its centuries of history to bring you the finest in local cuisine. While the menu is varied to accommodate the freshest ingredients, the quality stays the same.

West29 RestoLounge in Westcourt

Donegans of Monasterboice

Hotel is the first port-of-call for hip and

Drogheda, Co. Louth

tasty dining. West29 offers a dining

Tel: 041 9837383

experience that appeals to all the senses as the happening surrounds are almost a match for the dishes on offer. Open for coffee, lunch or dinner there’s no excuse not to pop in and take in the sights.

www.monasterboice-inn.ie

Borzalino is a delicious slice of Italy right on the Boyne. Run by Filomena and Dominic Borza, nothing is left to chance as this Italian family oversee the preparation of the very best of their native cuisine. Sit in or take out available. Families welcome. 20 Loughboy, Mell, Drogheda, Co. Louth Tel: 041-9845444 www.borzalinorestaurant.com

D’Vine Wine Bar & Restaurant is always just what you’re looking for. Serving delicious food and wine, D’Vine also has an open-air party vibe whatever the weather. Music and samba mix with tapas, traditional and a whole lot more to conjure up a top night out.

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Unique Styles from everyday wear to

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9:30am-6pm

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HOMEFLAIR THE GIFT HOUSE OF DROGHEDA Since 1977, our family run shop in the heart of Drogheda, Co.Louth has been supplying high quality gifts to the local area and much further afield, from Seattle to Sydney!

92 West Street, Drogheda, Co.Louth 041 983 1859

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WEB: www.homeflair.ie

Our Shop is directly opposite to the entrance to Westcourt Hotel


Shopping

Drogheda has become something of a shopper’s dream with all of the best in high street names blending with local, one-off shops.

The unique layout of the town allows new and old to work together as some traditional parts of the town have been transformed into comfortable, welcoming shopping districts. Laurence Town and Scotch Hall are two retail centres in the heart of the town.

The joy of shopping in Drogheda is the proximity of all

A few shopping hotspots around the town include:

the best labels and stores and, more importantly, the

Scotch Hall Shoping Centre, Drogheda

convenient location of Westcourt Hotel. When the bags become too heavy to carry, simply drop them back to your hotel room and set off for round two.

Scotch Hall Shopping Centre is home to 50 shops including a mix of local Irish retailers as well as the best known

Marshes Shopping Centre, Dundalk Home Flair Cake Couture The Red Carpet Charming Jewellery

brands from the high street.With almost 30 shops on

Diamond Jewellers

offer Laurence Town Centre is another of Drogheda’s

Superpharm

retail therapy hot spots. Find all your favourites including

Village Pharmacy

Dunnes Stores, Marks and Spencer, Boots, Tesco, Penneys,

Free My Picture

Next, Wallis, Oasis and Topshop.

Key Mobile Express The Salon

Add an original touch by browsing any of the independent stores the streets of the town and its shopping centres have to offer. You’ll find shoe shops, furniture shops,

Westend Beauty Chameleon Unisex Hair Salon

art galleries, interior design studios, food shops and delicatessens and a whole lot more. And around every corner is yet another excuse to take a break over a freshly brewed coffee and homemade cake. Shopping is hard work after all.

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Piperstown

Equestrian Centre State-of-the-art Riding Centre located in the most scenic part of Louth and offer riding on varying terrain; from Forest Trails and

Rolling Pastureland to Country Lanes. Everyone is welcome.

Even those without any horse-riding skills are encouraged to have a go under the watchful eye of an experienced instructor.

Riding School & Livery also available!

Membership Packages from €800 for 5 day €1,500 for 7 day Share membership €5,000 Now taking Group Bookings for 2013/14 from €30 Works with

Download our New APP on iPhone and Android to view our 3-D Flyover of golf course.

Restaurant Open for Sunday Lunch, private functions for Holy Communions , Confirmations & Birthday Parties etc. Please call Derek to discuss special menus.

7 Km North of Drogheda

Termonfeckin, Drogheda, Co. Louth Tel: 041 982 2333

Brian: 086 331 5678 Jean: 087 210 6207

www.seapointgolflinks.com |

email: golflinks@seapoint.ie

Piperstown Equestrian Centre Horse?......Check. Helmet?....Check. Indoor arenas, outdoor arena, showjumping course, cross country course, trekking track, miles and miles of land?....Check! When it comes to all things equestrian, Piperstown ticks all the boxes. With 365 acres of land, 80 acres of foresty, 2 miles of crosscountry course, 8 miles of trekking, a horse walker, an outdoor arena and two indoor arenas to its name, one has the distinct 34 www.westcourt.ie

impression that nothing is too much trouble at Piperstown. Brian and Jean run this livery yard and riding school in Drogheda and have earned themselves a reputation of excellence.

The setup is perfect for beginners who enjoy the security of an enclosed arena or more experienced riders

who love the idea of wide open space with plenty of fences, ditches, banks, water jumps and galloping thrown in.

Qualified resident instructors specialise in dressage and show jumping and the cross country and trekking courses can be hired for an extremely reasonable price. The cross country course has mini, midi and maxi fences and the trekking course features forests, fields and streams on an all-weather surface, free of gates and roads. All of this without having to travel to the middle of nowhere.

Make a visit to Piperstown a highlight of your holiday and enjoy the security of a professional setup with all the freedom of the countryside savoured from the best seat in the house.

Piperstown Equestrian Centre Phone: Brian: 086 331 5678 Jean:

086 210 6207


Golfing & RACING Drogheda and the Boyne Valley have the best of all worlds with grassy plains, towering hills, long stretches of beach and intriguing coastlines all poised and ready to become a mecca for golf and horse racing lovers the world over.

“See you on the hill” is a common refrain when in and around the town of Drogheda. This hill in question is the Hill of Crockafotha and the occasion is any one of the two racing festivals held at Bellewstown racecourse, atop the hill, during the

summer. The racecourse offers a glorious view of the Mountains of Mourne to the north and the Irish Sea to the east. The first recorded race meeting at Bellewstown dates back to 1726 and a huge betting coup is said to have been pulled off at the Meath track by Barney Curley in 1975, believed to have bagged young Curley the equivalent of €1.7 million in today’s figures. Miraculously always blessed with good weather, the festivals are something of a holiday day for the locals and the atmosphere is unbeatable. Laytown strand races is one of a kind, the only beach race meeting in the country run under

the rules of the Turf Club racing authority. The first recorded race dates back to 1868, in conjunction with the Boyne Regatta. The beach is checked constantly in the weeks leading up to the race day to determine its suitability and safety and the tides are watched closely. The colour, movement and excitement of a day at Laytown races has been likened to a Viking raid upon these shores. Seapoint Championship Golf Links is one of only 150 Links courses in the world and hosted the Irish PGA Championship in both 2010 and 2011. June 2014 at Seapoint means the Irish Amateur Close Championship, previously

won by Rory McIlroy, Graeme McDowell, Padraig Harrington, Peter Lawrie, Darren Clarke, Paul Mc Ginley and Shane Lowry, pencilled in for June 2014, this ambitious club shows no signs of slowing down. County Louth Golf Club in Baltray is just four miles from Drogheda, at the mouth of the River Boyne. Golf’s Digest Top 100 has it rated as a “Hidden Gem” and it is one of the top twenty five courses in the British Isles and top six in Ireland. It has been known to be ferocious and also benign, offering something to suit all handicaps but never to be taken lightly.

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collect

exhibit

engage

Highlanes Gallery, Laurence Street, Drogheda, Co. Louth, Ireland

T. + 353 (0)41 980 3311 W. www.highlanes.ie E.info@highlanes.ie

HISTORICAL HOUSES & GARDENS If grand castles, stately homes, perfectly manicured gardens and quaint cottages are your cup of tea, then you’ve hit the jackpot. Beaulieu Historical House and Gardens, Trim Castle, Loughcrew House and Gardens, Rokeby Hall, Ledwidge Cottage and Museum and Slane Castle are all easily accessible from Drogheda with each different to the next. Built in 1660-1666,

Beaulieu House is

a real treat. A stunning building, it has excellent family portraits and a wonderful art collection. It also features a Classic Car Museum and its private family church on the 36 www.westcourt.ie

grounds has a mid 15thcentury cadaver tombstone set against one of the walls. Only about a dozen such tombstones survive in Ireland. As it is a family home, it is not open all day every day, so it is best to check times or to arrange an appointment prior to visiting.

Trim Castle is the

largest Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. Construction began in 1176. The stronghold of the castle, a massive three-storey keep, was built on the site of an earlier wooden fortress. A huge twenty-sided tower, cruciform in shape, it was protected by a ditch, curtain

wall and a moat. Renovated in 2000, the site is an extremely popular visitor destination so be sure to arrive early. Take a trip to the mystical and fantastical

Loughcrew House and Gardens with its

delightful water-gardens, fantasy mill, grassy roofed grotto, pillars and fairy sculptures, with plenty for children including the watermill cascade, hidden reptiles, giant bugs and fairies.

Rokeby Hall is today

considered to be one of the most significant historic country houses remaining

in Co. Louth. This Georgian house was built by Francis Johnston around 1785 for Archbishop Richard Robinson and is open to visitors for guided tours. Hailed as one of Ireland’s greatest poets, Francis Ledwidge was born in Slane, about 10km west of Drogheda. The cottage where he was born is now a museum that pays homage to his life and work. Most of his poetry focused on nature, although his sympathy for the leaders of the 1916 Easter Rising led him to write perhaps one of his most famous poems, Lament for Thomas MacDonagh.


activities in Drogheda Drogheda is a one-stopshop for activities of all types. Whether you have a young family to entertain, are intent on filling every last minute or are enjoying a romantic getaway, you’ll be spoiled for choice. If theme parks are the order of the day, you could try a trip to Funtasia Waterpark. 30,000 sq feet of rippling, waving, gushing, flowing, cascading, exhilarating water fun. The first of its kind in Ireland, this indoor water park suits kids of all ages. A giant pirate’s head dominates the whole park and fills up with over 500 litres of water, suddenly and unexpectedly drenching the unsuspecting crowd below. The braver of the group will enjoy the adrenaline pumping whiteknuckle speed slides while

the younger members will love the pirate’s cove play area with its water spraying cannons, a coffee dock, a family Jacuzzi, gift shop and a whole lot more besides.

Tayto Park is family

heaven. Mr Tayto has gone out of his way to ensure that his guests will never have a dull moment. Younger children will love the Tiny Taters Patch playground, the Spudhara sand play area, the animal park, the tepees, the teahouse in the tree house and the search for hidden gems, to name but a few attractions. Older children won’t know where to begin as they take on the thrilling Zip Line Extreme, the Sky Walk, the Tayto Twister and visit the tigers, lizards, buffalo and meerkats of the park. There’s plenty

for parents too as the Tayto Park Lodge has a restaurant with a full menu so fast food is not the only option. Many of the stunning beaches in the area are ideal for swimming and watersports or you could spend a rainy day at any of the nearby leisure centres. Don’t forget Drogheda is right on the Boyne so kayaking enthusiasts need look no further. The River Boyne is not safe for swimming but is ideal for kayaking and canoeing with plenty of adventure centres in the area to choose from. The proximity to the sea also makes Drogheda perfect for sailing and surfing. Every dreamed of playing at Wimbledon? Well if the

reality is a little out of your reach, why not try the next best thing? Laytown and Bettystown Lawn Tennis club was founded over 100 years ago and has five floodlit Savannah courts all in immaculate condition. Take an urban turn and spend the day wandering through Highlanes Gallery. The gallery is set in a renovated church that has been described as “art itself”. With a fabulous collection of work, exciting exhibitions regularly on show and the delicious Relish restaurant waiting for you, it’s a perfect rainy day activity. A stroll through the town will open up a myriad of opportunities so if you haven’t got a plan, let Drogheda lead you. You won’t regret it. www.westcourt.ie 37


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Walking

of Meath Heritage, passing

There are walks through the

If you consider beauty and

with so much to see along

breathtaking scenery key

the way that you won’t

Wood Newgrange, Knowth and Mullaghmeen and Dowth, the site of Forest that covers 1,000

elements for a good walk,

notice the miles go by.

the Battle of the Boyne and

acres and offer walkers 14

countless castles, ruins and

miles of roadway.

period houses.

There are miles of trails

you have come to the right place. Welcome to a land featuring routes that offer anything from a 20 minute stroll to forests that allow for hours of meandering,

The historic town of Drogheda was founded

the passage graves of

50 acre Balrath

available including the Athboy, Beamore/

Boyne river which makes its

Ramparts Heritage Walk is

way alongside 5,000 years

just one of the routes that

Kells and Moynalty heritage

have been set out and this

trails.

along the banks of the

The Boyne

Kilsharvan, Clonard, Duleek,

linear walk is particularly appealing. The route runs

The towns of Kells, Slane,

from Stackallen to Navan

Trim and Navan all offer

Ramparts and is 8km each

walks that showcase their

way. There are several

history. Walk the coastline

interpretative panels along

or enjoy any of the way-

the path that provide

marked routes. The Kells

interesting facts to help

Girley Bog Eco Walk

you enjoy the beauty of the

is a 3.5 miles/ 5.6 km

Boyne Valley.

way-marked National Loop covering varying landscapes

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Free Online Booking

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The 5,000 year old

of forest and bogland. The

Knowth & Dowth. This walk

are excellent ways to enjoy

of approximately 4km offers

the history and beauty of

stunning views.

the area.

Loughcrew Complex Littlewood Forest Walk and the Trim is smaller in scale than the Castle River Walk monuments of Newgrange,

041 9833946

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Tourist Info Smoking

Telephone

As you may be aware, the Irish government introduced a law that

Please dial 9 for an outside direct line.

bans smoking in all enclosed work places. This ban applies to all

Telephone calls are charged per unit and will automatically be

areas of the hotel. Rooms 100 – 108 are designated as non smoking rooms Rooms 200 – 208 are designated as non smoking rooms Rooms 300 – 308 are designated as non smoking rooms

added to your bill.

CREDIT CARDS

Maximum Fine for Smoking in Non Smoking Areas is €3000.

WESTCOURT HOTEL ACCEPTS ALL MAJOR CREDIT CARDS:

There is a heated and sheltered smoking area on the ground floor

AMEX, VISA, MASTERCARD, DISCOVER, AND LASER

opposite West29 Restolounge.

Taxi Service

Mass Times

If you require a taxi please contact reception.

St.Peter’s Church, West Street, Drogheda Saturday 6.15pm (Vigil)

CAR PARK

Sunday 8.00am, 11.00am, 12.15pm

Residents can avail of our complimentary car parking,

Holy day Mass times vary

which is situated behind the Hotel, under the SUPERVALUE SUPERMARKET. Please use parking spaces inside the car park

Weekdays 8.40am, 10.30am (Mon-Fri)

as opposed to the open air spaces. Car park tickets will be

Doctor

validated at reception on departure. SuperValu car park closes at

In case of illness, a doctor can be contacted at all times via the

6pm Saturday. Should you require access to the car park after

Reception.

these hours, please contact reception who will arrange to have it

6pm from Sunday to Wednesday, 9pm Thursday and Friday, and

opened.

Fax, Photocopying & Emails

(RESIDENTS PARK THEIR CAR AT THEIR OWN RISK)

Documents may be copied or transmitted by arrangement with the hotel reception.

Towels & Toiletries If you require extra towels or toiletries please contact a member

Fire Precautions

of housekeeping or reception. There are extra blankets and pillows

On the back of your bedroom door you will find details of action to be taken in the event of a fire. Please acquaint yourselves with these procedures and methods of escape once you have settled into your room, and please inform us if you are hard of hearing or have any special difficulties.

on the top shelf of your wardrobe.

Internet Connection Please contact reception for Voucher information for WiFi connection (charges apply). The hotel offers 20 minutes of free WiFi to each resident for

Wake-Up Calls

use in our bedrooms, after which vouchers can be purchased at

Please book your call with hotel reception before 11.00pm

reception. We offer complimentary WiFi on the ground floor at all times, including our bar, lobby and restaurant areas.

USEFUL NUMBERS DROGHEDA TRAIN STATION

041-98-38749

AER LINGUS 01-88-68888

DROGHEDA BUS STATION

041-98-35024

RYANAIR 01-60-97800

DROGHEDA POST OFFICE

041-98-38322

IRISH FERRIES 01-66-10715

DROGHEDA TOURIST OFFICE

041-98-37070

HERTZ CAR HIRE 01-84-45466

DROGHEDA GARDA STATION

041-98-38777

BORD FAILTE TOURISM

BRÚ NA BÓINNE TOURIST CENTER

041-98-80300

DOCTOR ON CALL 1850-777-911

DUBLIN AIRPORT 01-81-41111 40 www.westcourt.ie

OUR LADY OF LOURDES HOSPITAL

01-60-24000 041-98-37601


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Westcourt Hotel West Street, Drogheda, County Louth, Ireland Telephone: + 353 (0) 41 98 30965 www.westcourt.ie

T: 041 9830 965 E: info@westcourt.ie W: www.westcourt.ie F: westcourt

T: 041 9830 966 E: west29@westcourt.ie W: www.west29.ie F: west29

T: 041 9830 965 E: info@earthnightclub.ie W: www.earthnightclub.ie F: EarthNightclubDrogheda

T: 041 9830 965 E: barroco@westcourt.ie W: www.westcourt ie F: basrrocodrogheda


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