Monday 26 August 2019

Wonderful long history of the majestic White Horse Hotel

I spotted this wonderful piece by Drogheda Museum on the White Horse Hotel, now the Westcourt on West Street.

'The Westcourt Hotel has changed ownership many times since it was first built in the early 19th century. It was originally Keapock's Hotel, and later became the White Horse Hotel, a title it bore for almost 100 years.

'In the days leading up to the May 12th Annual Fair people would flock to Drogheda from all over the country and from abroad. Farmers, labourers, horse dealers, merchants, gentlemen, tricksters, travellers, tinkers, hawkers, musicians, knights of the road, pedlars, etc. would be seen on all roads leading to the town and disembarking from an array of boats and ships along the quay.

'This was also the site where the Fenian Movement in Drogheda was founded in the mid 1860s, and where the first Drogheda Fenians where sworn in'

Drogheda Independent