County Meath

Meath is named after the historic Kingdom of Meath (from Midhe meaning “middle” or “centre”).
Motto: Tré Neart le Chéile ‘Stronger Together’.
Nickname: The Royal County

These are some of the most significant landmarks, buildings and monuments in County Meath

A Norman motte or an ancient passage tomb ?

This NATIONAL MONUMENT is Ninch Barrow Mound located in Laytown. co.Meath. It possibly dates from approx c.400 a.d and stands nearly 20 feet high with a diameter of 75 feet. It resembles a Norman motte [...]

Battle of the Boyne, Spectre’s, dying soldiers & blood covered hands

This foreboding looking building is Athcarne Castle located in Balrath co. Meath.  It was built for William Bathe in 1590. The Bathe family produced a number of well known legal and political personalities around the [...]

One of the GREAT passage tombs of Ireland

Dowth, which means 'darkness', is one of the 3 principle passage tombs of the Brú na Bóinne World Heritage Site (The other 2 being Newgrange and Knowth). It dates from c.2500 b.c and shares a [...]

A unique cross embodying both Renaissance and Baroque influences

The Athcarne Cross is located in Balrath. co. Meath and dates from  c.1675.  This national monument was erected circa 1675 as a memorial to Sir Luke Bathe and his wife, Dame Cecilia Dowdall, who lived in the [...]

The earliest and one the largest Norman castles in Europe, Braveheart & Hugh de Lacy

Trim Castle, Trim. County Meath      1176 Trim Castle is not only the earliest stone castle to be built in Ireland but also the one of the largest Norman Castles in Europe. It was built in [...]

Location of The Battle of the Boyne

This is the location where The Battle of the Boyne took place between King William of Orange and his father-in-law, King James II. It was was fought on 1 July 1690 at Oldbride in co.Louth [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Site, A masterpiece in engineering & The oldest clock in the World

Newgrange, Bru na Boinne. County Meath          c. 3200 b. c. Newgrange is by far the most famous of all Ireland's ancient monuments. It is part of a complex of at least 35 similar type monuments built [...]

Ireland’s first and most important Cistercian Abbey

Mellifont Abbey, Tullyallen. County Meath   1142 Mellifont Abbey was founded by St Malachy in 1142. This was the first, the richest and the most important of Ireland's 35 Cistercian abbeys. The Cistercian Order was established [...]

UNESCO World Heritage Site – Europe’s greatest collection of Megalithic Art in one location

Knowth is Ireland's most spectacular complex of prehistoric passage tombs. This World Heritage site dates from about 3000 b.c and is not only the largest of the three great passage tombs in the Boyne Valley [...]

A 5000 years old passage tomb with a smiley face inside

Fourknocks Passage Tomb, Fourknocks. County Meath     c. 3000 b. c. The Fourknocks passage tomb dates to c.3000 b.c. Its name may derive from the Irish word ‘Fuair Cnocs’ that translates to ‘cold hills’ or it just [...]

The earliest stone castle to be built in Ireland and one the largest Norman castles in Europe

Trim Castle is not only the earliest stone castle to be built in Ireland but is also the largest Norman Castle in Europe. It was built in 1176 by Hugh de Lacy and his son [...]

A master sculptor, sanctuary and hanging rebels

The Market Cross is located outside the courthouse in Kells in co.Meath. This early 10th century cross  was originally called the “Cross of the Gate” as it was located at the eastern side of the [...]

The best kept archaeological secret in Ireland..Shhh!

Loughcrew, Oldcastle. County Meath     3300 b.c Loughcrew has been described as ‘Ireland’s greatest archaeological secret’ and is one of the big 4 megalithic sites in Ireland (the others being Carrowkeel and Carrowmore in county Sligo [...]

A Fir Bolg King, Lighting fires & A friary on a hill

The Friary on The Hill of Slane is located just outside the village of Slane in co.Meath. This historic location was reputedly the location where the Fir Bolg King 'Sláine' is buried and also where [...]

Recognize this place from the Xmas Guinness Advertisement ?

J O'Connells Pub can be found on the Hill of Skyrne in co.Meath. This pub was made famous when Guinness used it for their Christmas advert. It is popularly known as 'Mrs O's' or 'Yankee's' [...]

An ancient shrine to St Columba, a Norman effigy and a great pint nearby

Skreen Church, The Hill of Skryne, County Meath         1341 Skreen is situated on a hill with stunning views over much of county Meath and towards the Hill of Tara. An earlier church at this location [...]

The most fortified Cistercian monastery in Ireland, Hugh de Lacy & Braveheart

Bective Abbey, Bective. County Meath          1147 Bective Abbey is set in beautiful countryside beside a lovely old bridge over the River Boyne. It was founded in 1147 by the King of Meath and was the [...]

Fianna Fail, the soldiers of destiny and the inauguration stone for the High King of Ireland

The Stone of Destiny otherwise known as the 'Lia Fail' is located on the inauguration mound on the Hill of Tara, co. Meath. It served as the coronation stone for hundreds of years for the [...]

The Crutched Friars, Caring for the sick & St John’s Priory

St John's Priory is located on the outskirts of Trim in county Meath. It was founded 1202 by Bishop Simon deRochfort and was was occupied by a branch of monks called 'The Crutched Friars' named [...]

The Plunkett’s, Hugh de Lacy and a stunning new golf course

Killeen Castle is located in Dunsany in county Meath. The present structure was built in 1820 however there has been a castle on this site for 800 years starting when Hugh de Lacy built a [...]

Claimant to site of Ireland’s 2nd oldest pub licence, A beer garden with a view & Hugh de Lacy

Regan's Pub is located beside St Peter's Bridge on the outskirts of Trim in county Meath. It claims to have the second oldest pub licence (next to Sean's Pub in Athlone) dating back to the [...]

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