People at Slane Castle, Slane, Ireland

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County Meath

Meath's rich soil, laid down during the last ice age, drew settlers as early as 8000 BC. They worked their way up the banks of the River Boyne, transforming the landscape from forest to farmland. One of the five provinces of ancient Ireland, Meath was at the centre of Irish politics for centuries.


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Stonehenge and the Pyramids are young pups compared to 5000-year-old Newgrange © Michelle McMahon / Getty Images


Castles, cairns and gin-making in the Boyne Valley

Apr 20, 2017 • 6 min read