Introducing County Meath
In the original Gaelic divisions of Ireland, Meath (An Mhí) was Mide, ‘the Middle Kingdom’, and one of five provinces. The seat of the high kings until the 6th century, Meath was a fairly heavy hitter in Irish affairs.
These days, Meath’s influence doesn’t extend far beyond agricultural matters, but in that domain it still packs a solid punch: a farm in Meath is worth two in any other county, so goes the old saying. The fecund earth has attracted settlers since earliest times, and Meath’s principal attractions are its don’t-miss ancient sites in the Boyne Valley and among the hills of Tara, and the surprising town of Trim.
The county’s towns have experienced rapid growth in the last decade, as Dubliners searching for affordable housing have invaded Navan, Slane and Kells. The changes brought by the cityfolk are mixed. You’ll see new houses and businesses, and have plenty of time to ponder them as you sit in traffic.
Last updated: Feb 17, 2009
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