Luke Cassidy’s Iron Annie reveals an uncompromising, darkly humorous look at life in the criminal underworld of the Irish border. This gritty yet hopeful story is set in Dundalk, or as locals call it “The Town,” a city located on the border with Northern Ireland, halfway between Dublin and Belfast.
“The Town” plays such a large part in the novel that we’ve decided to explore it ourselves, offering a guide to the different attractions the historic city has to offer. Lucky for us, author Luke Cassidy is a Dundalk native himself, and he has shared some of his favorite photos of the area.
This beautiful castle is located just a few miles northwest of Dundalk and offers scenic views of the surrounding landscape. Built in 1236 AD, the castle holds major historical significance for “The Town” as a strategic outpost held by the de Verdun family until it was laid to ruin following the Cromwellian Conquest.
Stephenstown Pond Nature Park
Enjoy a leisurely afternoon in the Stephenstown Pond Nature Park, where you can stroll along the lakeside walkways or relish in the site’s woodlands. You may find many locals enjoying a picnic or carp fishing at the pond.
You’re certainly already familiar with this place: its infamous Leaning Tower has been attracting visitors for centuries. But there are many other lovely sights there including the Arno River, which runs through the city itself.
While touring The Town, you’ll notice the vibrant presence of street art. Starting in 2019, Dundalk launched an inaugural festival celebrating contemporary urban art, offering an opportunity to highlight art in the public domain.
Photo credit: Megan Doherty