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Video of Ardee Town, County Louth, Republic of Ireland

Originally called Atherdee, its name is derived from the Irish Áth Fhirdia (the Ford of Ferdia), from the mythological four day battle between Cúchulainn and Ferdia, for the defence of Ulster from Queen Maeve of Connacht. Ferdia fell after four days of battle and is buried on the southern banks of the river alongside the Riverside Walk. Ardee Castle in the town (St. Leger's) is the largest fortified medieval tower house in Ireland.

An eight km (five miles) railway line once linked the town to the main Dublin - Belfast line. The station opened on 1 August, 1896 and passenger services ended on 3 June, 1934. The line continued as a freight service until finally closed on 3 November, 1976, serving the local fertiliser factory, sugar beet, and livestock transport. The trackbed was lifted in the late 1980s, and much of the short route is now a designated walkway.

The river Dee was the northern border of The Pale in medieval times.

Also of note is "Jumping Church" which is located about five km (three miles) outside the town. Legend has it that a non-Christian was buried inside the Church walls and that later that night, the Church jumped so as to leave his remains outside of the sacred ground.

The Norman castle in Ardee has been recently refurbished and used to house the district courthouse, which is now housed in the new Civic Offices Complex at the Fairgreen.

A festival for Ardee was launched in 2009 titled the "The Turfman Festival". It is held on the August bank holiday weekend with numerous of events happening on the street from singing to face painting.

Now the town of Ardee is twinned with the town of Nettuno, Italy. The twinning agreement was signed in 2010 by their respective mayors Jim Tenanty and Alessio Chiavetta.

Ardee (IrishBaile Átha Fhirdhia, meaning "townland of Ferdia's ford") is a town and townland in County LouthIreland. It is located at the intersection of the N2N52, and N33 roads. Ardee is on the banks of the River Dee and is approximately 20 km(12 mi)fromDundalkDroghedaSlane and Carrickmacross. It currently has a population of about 5000.

  

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