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At Oscars International Dublin we like to let our students know what we think are the best things to see and do around Dublin in their free time. After a busy week of learning English we know it is important to wind down and relax. So here are three recommendations for this weekend. All of these places of interest are close to Drogheda, a large town north of Dublin.

Visit of the Weekend – Battle of the Boyne site

One the most important events of Irish and European history, the Battle of the Boyne set Ireland on its path to where it is today. Though it happened over three hundred years ago, its lasting effects are still felt so strongly that it is only in recent years an interpretive centre opened. The site itself is beautiful, which makes it all the more poignant that such lasting carnage was witnessed across its fields and in its streams. It’s a good trek from the town of Drogheda itself but you will learn a lot about Irish History if you manage to get there.

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Visit of the Weekend – Monasterboice

Legend has it that this site was founded by monks some time the early 6th century. It is still going today (well, in part) Monasterboice is a wonderful monastic site near Drogheda in County Louth. The impressive ruins include a large working cemetery, two churches, one of the tallest round towers in Ireland and two of the tallest and best preserved high crosses in the world.

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Pub of the Weekend – The Mariner, 6 North Quay, Drogheda

A nice local boozer on the quays right in the heart of Drogheda and a pleasant place to finish off the day. There is quite a decent menu you can choose from and there’s always something happening.

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