Drogheda has a population of over 30,000 & in excess of 67,000 when the environs are included.
The Battle of the Boyne between King William III and his father - in - law, King James II, was fought on 1 July 1690 ( 11th of July according to our modern calendar ). Both kings commanded their armies in person. William had 36,000 men and James had 25,000, the largest number of troops ever deployed on an Irish battlefield. At stake were the British throne, French dominance in Europe and religious power in Ireland.
The after effects of the "The Battle of the Boyne" live on in Ireland to this day. The Battle was fought between James II, deposed Catholic King of England, against his nephew and son-in-law, William of Orange, who with Mary, James' daughter, sat on the English throne as Protestant Monarchs.
The visitor center illustrates the Battle of the Boyne in detail and consists of an audio visual show, original and replica 17th Century weaponry displays, laser
battlefield model. There is also a tea pavilion and a walled garden and self guiding walks through parkland and battle site. The 10 million euro was spent by the Office of Public Works refurbishing the visitor centre and it was reopened in 2008. The visitor centre also hosts cultural evenings and family days during the year.