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County Meath

Royal Meath. Meath of the pastures. Meath of the people. Meath of many people.......Any recent Census has confirmed what had been expected. The population of Ireland may have increased by 8%, but Meath is one of the fastest-growing places of all, its increase clocking in at 22.1% and counting.

The numbers arern’t huge in today's overcrowded and city-oriented world, perhaps, but nevertheless Meath is a county which finds itself living in interesting times. The proximity of Dublin - with the inevitable pressures of prosperity and population – can be challenging. But it also brings benefits. With an increasingly affluent and discerning population, Meath is able to support a wide variety of hospitable establishements ranging from glossy restaurants of international quality to characterful pubs deep in the heart of the country.

And the inevitable changes – for instance, the need to find ways through the county for new major roads - are projects which you feel Meath can absorb. For this is a county which is comfortable and confident with itself, and rightly so. The evidence of a rich history is everywhere in Meath. But it's a history which sits gently on a county which is enjoying its own contemporary prosperity at a pace which belies the bustle of Dublin just down the road.

And anyone with an interest in the past will find paradise in Meath, for along the Boyne Valley the neolithic tumuli at Knowth, Newgrange and Dowth are awe-inspiring, Newgrange in particular having its remarkable central chamber which is reached by the rays of sun at dawn at the winter solstice.

Just 16 kilometres to the southwest is another place of fascination, the Hill of Tara. Royal Tara was for centuries the cultural and religious capital of pre-Christian Ireland. Its fortunes began to wane with the coming of Christianity, which gradually moved the religious focal point to Armagh, though Tara was a place of national significance until it was finally abandoned in 1022 AD.

Little now remains of the ancient structures, but it is a magical place, for the approach from gently rising eastern flank gives little indication of the wonderful view of the central plain which the hill suddenly provides to the westward. It is truly inspiring, and many Irish people reckon the year is incomplete without a visit to Tara, where the view is to eternity and infinity, and the imagination takes flight.



Local Attractions and Information

Donore Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre  +353 (0)41 988 0300

Dunboyne Hamwood House & Gardens +353 (0)1 825 5210

Good Food Circle (Meath)
      c/o +353 (0)46 907 3426

Kells Grove Gardens & Tropical Bird Sanctuary +353 (0)46 923 4276

Laytown Sonairte (National Ecology Centre) +353 (0)41 982 7572

Navan Tourism Information +353 (0)46 907 3426

Navan Navan Racecourse +353 (0)46 902 1350

Newgrange , Dowth & Knowth Megalithic Tombs +353 (0)41 988 0300 / 982 4488

Oldcastle Loughcrew Historic Gardens +353 (0)49 854 1922

Oldcastle Loughcrew Passage Tombs (3000BC) +353 (0)49 854 2009

Ratoath Fairyhouse Racecourse    +353 (0)1 825 6167

Summerhill Larchill Arcadian Gardens +353 (0)1 628 7354

Tara Interpretive Centre +353 (0)46 25903

Trim Butterstream Garden +353 (0)46 943 6017

Trim Tourism Information +353 (0)46 943 7111

Trim Trim Castle (restored Norman stronghold) +353 (0)46 943 8619

Gardens

Loughcrew Historic Gardens - County Meath
Loughcrew Historic Gardens
Kells, Co. Meath
After a long and sometimes fateful history, a more serendipitous chapter has opened for Loughcrew. The original 17th century landscaped grounds, which were revived in the 19th century have been rescued again with help from the Great Gardens of Ir ...
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Golf

Rathcore Golf & Country Club - Rathcore Enfield County Meath Ireland
Rathcore Golf and Country Club
Enfield, Co. Meath
Course Type: Parkland
A magnificently fashioned golf course offering 18 challenging holes of play set against the backdrop of the rolling drumlins of Co. Meath. Spectacular water features reflect tree-lined horizons, generous greens and wide fairways. History embraces ...
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Self Catering

The Cottages - Self Catering Cottages - Bettystown County Meath Ireland
The Cottages
Bettystown, Co. Meath
Traditional thatched cottages were once very typical of this part of Ireland and, although the six that make up this beach-side hamlet look so immaculate that you could be forgiven for thinking they are new, they are actually about 300 y ...
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Tourist Attractions

Tayto Park - Ashbourne County Meath ireland
Tayto Park
Ashbourne, Co. Meath
Tayto Park is a recent addition to Ireland's family-based activity parks and provides an excellent day out for all the family. It covers 55 acres and has over 100 attractions that have been created with all ages of children in mind. There is ...
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Wedding Venues

Bellinter House - Wedding Band - Manila Strings
Bellinter House
Navan, Co. Meath
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