Drogheda (population 40,956) is currently the largest town in the Republic of Ireland. It is on the river Boyne, 7km from the Irish Sea.
Including its surrounding areas, its population goes over 83,000 which is larger than Waterford or Galway. This includes the County Meath towns of Laytown, Bettystown and Mornington. It’s borough council was abolished in the Local Government Reform Act 2014 and is now mostly in Louth but partially in Meath.
Locals were bitterly disappointed when there was no mention of city status for Drogheda in the Ireland 2040 Plan. Watch my video on the Plan for more. Drogheda sought to be the regional capital of the north east, as Sligo will be to the north-west and Athlone to the midlands. However Dundalk, the county town of Louth has a population of just smaller than Drogheda.