About Donore Parish

The Church Of The Nativity Of Our Lady, Donore

The present village of Donore, Co. Meath lies about 4km west of Drogheda and 18km from Navan. It is situated in the picturesque Boyne Valley, an area steeped in history dating back to pre historic times. Dun Uabair was the original name of the village which means “The Fort of Pride” This name suggests that it’s foundation dates back to the early christian period 400-1200AD when a ring fort was probably located near the area.

History of Donore

Historically called Dunower, is a small village in County Meath, Ireland. It lies near Drogheda on the border between County Meath and County Louth, in the Boyne Valley on the road between Drogheda and the Brú na Bóinne heritage site.

The village more than doubled in population in the early 21st century, growing from 334 inhabitants as of the 2002 census to 760 as of the 2016 census.

St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church, which is in the center of Donore village, was built between c.1840.

Local Folklore

During the late 17th century, the village was used as a defensive position by the Jacobite army of King James II against King William III during the Battle of the Boyne (1690). The Battle of the Boyne Visitor Centre is located in the restored 18th century Oldbridge House, which is on the battle site, approximately 3 km north of Donore.

Donore Parish