Millmount Fort and Martello Tower
Drogheda's most striking feature, the origins of the Millmount Fort are shrouded in legend. Some believe that the mound may have been the burial place of Amergin, a Celtic poet, but the Fort may equally have been a large passage grave like Newgrange. It was fortified as a motte by the Normans in the twelfth century and a castle was later built on the summit. Cromwell met with his strongest opposition here during the siege of 1649, and the town's Governor, Arthur Aston, was killed here during the fighting. The old fortications were demolished in 1808 to be replaced with the present Martello tower. In the course of the Civil War of 1922, the fort was shelled from the town by Free State forces and seriously damaged.
The Millmount Museum
Founded in 1974 by the Old Drogheda Society, the museum hosts a range of exhibits including Guild and Trade banners stretching back two centuries; an industrial exhibition; a geological collection; a recreated 19th century kitchen; an archeological display, covering much of the Continental influence on Drogheda over past centuries; a demonstration of Drogheda's early telephone system; a rowing club exhibition; and the Military Room, which boasts a large collection of guns including the 'Fenian rifles' found hidden in the attic of a Franciscan Friary in Drogheda.
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