Categories of Special Interest
Archaeological, Architectural, Historical, Social
Priory of Saint Mary Magdalene
1350 - 1390
Freestanding single-bay three-stage bell tower, built c. 1370, within ruined remains of Dominican Friary of Saint Mary Magdalene, founded 1220. Roof hidden by parapet. Random rubble limestone walling, limestone string courses, crenellated parapet. Tall pointed arch to ground floor, stairwell to north-west angle, single-bay rooms to first- and second-stage. Pointed arch window openings, dressed limestone surround, twin lights with transoms, flush sills. Bounded by cast-iron railings on concrete plinths. Located at edge of housing estate.
This elegant Gothic tower is all that remains of the Dominican Friary, founded in 1224 by the Archbishop of Armagh. Possibly an addition to an earlier church, its fine proportions contribute to its architectural merit while archaeological significance is its due. This is a major landmark within Drogheda and a fascinating survivor of its early history.