Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery, is one of Ireland's most important visual art spaces.
Highlanes Municipal Art Gallery, which opened in 2006, is one of Ireland's most important visual art spaces. Serving the North East region, it presents a programme of national and international temporary exhibitions, as well as exhibitions drawn from the Drogheda Municipal Art Collection, a fascinating collection dating from the mid-18th century.
The gallery is sited in the former Drogheda Franciscan Church and Friary known, locally, as ‘High Lane Church'; the building - gifted by the Franciscan Order to the people of Drogheda in 2000 - has carefully and lovingly preserved the character of the original. The gallery houses the town's most treasured heirlooms: a ceremonial sword and mace presented to Drogheda Corporation by King William III after the Battle of the Boyne. Only towns that have successfully withstood sieges were presented with such swords: Drogheda's is particularly fine, while the accompanying solid silver mace is one of the largest, and most magnificent, in Ireland.
Listen to some wonderful audio on Drogheda - part of the Boyne Valley Drive
Highlanes Gallery welcomes visits from groups. In order to make your visit as pleasant as possible we ask that all groups book in advance, in that way we can arrange a customised guide and facilitate any catering requests. For schools, we can arrange a talk on the collection or temporary exhibition plus an insight into how galleries are managed from the planning of an exhibition to environmental monitoring. Since January 2012 tours are charged at a rate of €30 per group/class or €1 per person. More information at www.highlanes.ie