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The historic Hill of Tara.

County Meath

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The historic Hill of Tara.

Irish Name: an Mhí - "The Middle"

County Town: Navan

Nickname: The Royal County

GAA Colors: Green and Gold

Famous People with Meath roots: Pierce Brosnan, Duke of Wllington, Jonathan Smith, Saint Oliver Plunkett, Turlough O'Carolan

The 'Royal County' of Meath sprawls out from North Dublin reaching almost to the border and is one of the larger counties in the country. Home to the ancient capital of Ireland at Tara as well as a wealth of other famous historical sites Meath combines a rich and fascinating heritage with a range of activities to choose from making it the envy of many Irish counties.

Meath is a land rich in the history of the ancient High Kings of Ireland. The Hill of Tara in county Meath was their seat of power for over 2,000 year. An essential part of any visit to Meath is the passage grave at Newgrange, centuries older than the pyramids and beautifully restored it is an unforgettable sight that will stay with you long after you leave these shores.

Trim Castle, the location for much of the shooting in the Oscar winning Mel Gibson movie Braveheart, is another essential stop-off point for those interested in history. The castle is the largest and best preserved of all the castles of the Norman occupation and provides an insight into the way of life on the island at the time.

There are several top golf courses in the county as well with most of them clustered around Navan and Trim. There is superb fishing of every sort either in the River Boyne and its tributaries or along the stretch of Meath's coastline and equestrian and walking holidays are very popular here.

Meath has several big towns for shopping and big nights out. Navan is the capital of the county and a large, vibrant town with a growing young population. Its open-air market on Fridays always provides a wealth of fresh food and produce and its bars and restaurants are always ready to welcome strangers. The warmth of reception you'll receive all though the county is an essential aspect of Meath's undoubted attraction.

The 'Royal County' is a place justly proud of its incredible importance in Irish history. The respect for learning and tradition indelibly marks the county's people and their pride in who they are and where they come from is legendary. But it is an attractive pride, a pride that spurs the people to a warm hospitality and to pleasure at being able to show their county to the world.

Common Surnames in Meath: Reilly, Smith, Lynch, Brady, Farrell, Farrelly, Kelly, Brien, Daly and Maguire
 

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