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County Meath / An Mhí

Trim Castle

Here the traveller will find the famous Boyne Valley which has a 5,000 year old tumuli (older than Stonehenge and older than the Pyramids) and will be taken back in time to a very civilised people. The Hill of Tara, further south, is the site of the palace of the ancient Kings of Ireland. St. Patrick lit his Pascal on the Hill of Slane, and the coast of county Meath is one great, very long beach stretching for seven miles. One of the major point of access to the beach is Bettystown (Town of the Hospitaller); there are splendid golf links open all year and also a very spirited and lively resort with entertainment right throughout the season.

One place that has to be seen is Newgrange having an impressive burial mound with a passage grave which is shielded by a gigantic rock with ancient pre-Celtic carvings on it. Tara, six miles south of Navan, was once the centre of power and law in Ireland in early Christian times; and the high king retained his court here to the end of the last millennium.

The prosperous market town of Navan is in the good farming land where the rivers of the Boyne and Blackwater meet, and is splendid centre for the traveller and sportsman alike. Also to be visited is Kells (Great Residence) which is famous for its ancient and celebrated history. St. Colmcille founded a grand monastery here in the 6th century and the traveller can visit St. Colmcille's House, the Round Tower and the High Crosses. Another town, Oldcastle, has a great many amenities and is an fine base for the sportsman who wants to fish or for the visitor who wishes to see the passage graves at Loughcrew. And, as always, there are a good number of guest-houses where you will receive a friendly welcome.

 


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