Your Complete Holiday Guide to County Meath 2011

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Your Complete Holiday Guide
to County Meath 2011

                                                                            Welcome to Meath
A Very Special Place

Some say Meath is a special place and that’s why special things happen
here. The fact of the matter is that the magic which runs through six
thousand years of Meath heritage touches just about everything Meath
has to offer.

The effects are astounding - the sports are more invigorating, the dining
is finer, the beds softer, the celebrations livelier, the gardens more
colourful. And the people...

Maybe it’s the waters of the Boyne Valley or maybe some unknown
blessing from an ancient God. Regardless of the source of Meath’s
splendour, it’s worth experiencing.


                                                                             Towns                                                  3
                                                                             Heritage Trail                                         7
                                                                             Golf                                                   9
                                                                             Biking & Walking                                     11
                                                                             Horse Racing                                         13
                                                                             Gardens                                              14
                                                                             Travelling to Meath & Map                            15
                                                                             Angling                                              17
                                                                             Things to Do                                         18
                                                                             Festivals & Events                                   21
                                                                             Crafts & Shopping                                    23
                                                                             Accommodation                                        25
                                                                             Food & Drink                                         29

                                                                             Front Cover image - Newgrange, courtesy of R&C Ardill, Aerial view of Tara on p.7
                                                                             courtesy of the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government. Solheim Cup logo
                                                                             courtesy of Solheim Cup, Twenty Eleven and The LET.

                Just an hour from Dublin, Navan is a lively market town offering a wealth
                of attractions and activities. For evening entertainment, the numerous pubs
                and good food restaurants offer a warm, traditional welcome. You can also
                take in a performance or exhibition at Solstice Arts Centre.

                Navan boasts several famous off-spring such as Sir Francis Beaufort
                (1774-1857) a Royal Navy, admiral who formulated the Beaufort Scale of
                wind force and personalities such as Hector O’Heoghagain, Tommy
                Tiernan, Dylan Moran and former 007 agent Pierce Brosnan.

                Legend has it that a boy called Fionn became a wise man by being the first
                person to eat the Salmon of Knowledge caught on the magical River Boyne
                in Navan.

                The Hill of Tara, rises 300ft with panoramic views of the surrounding
                countryside. Formerly the ‘Seat of the High Kings of Ireland’ it is now a
                National Monument, open to the public all year. On the hill, the ‘Lia Fail’,
                the inauguration stone of the High Kings roared when the new King was
                accepted. In the nearby graveyard, carved on St. Adamain’s cross is a fine
                example of a Sile na Gig (a pre Christian fertility symbol).

            Navan Streetscape                               Time for a coffee break

                Slumbering in Tara’s royal shadows are numerous historical, cultural and
                architectural attractions such as: Ardbraccan Church, the medieval seat of
                the Bishop of Meath and site of an early Christian monastery, the bell
                tower and ruins of Ardmulchan, a medieval church overlooking the River
                Boyne and Bective Abbey, the second Cistercian monastery founded in
                Ireland. Its turrets, gables and early English cinquefoil arches in the
                cloisters still remain. Nearby is the early Christian monastery Skryne, called
                after the shrine of St. Colmcille’s relics.

                Donaghmore Round Tower & Church is the site of a church founded by St.
                Patrick. Later a small monastic settlement built the round tower to provide
                refuge against the Vikings. The settlement of Athlumney Castle shows the
                changes in manorial building in Meath since the Norman conquest.


              Ramparts Walk
         Trim                                                                              Kells
         One of Ireland’s heritage towns. Situated on the River Boyne it is                Kells or Ceanannas Mór, meaning ‘Great Fort’, was known to be a royal
         dominated by the medieval Trim Castle, which was built by Hugh de                 residence before St. Colmcille established a religious settlement in Kells in
         Lacy in 1173. The largest Anglo Norman Castle in Ireland, it is now               550AD. The monks from his community on the Scottish island of Iona fled
         restored and visitors can access the 75ft square keep and grounds by              to Kells in 806AD in order to escape savage Viking raids and it was here
         guided tour. Sections of the epic film ‘Braveheart’ were filmed here.             that they completed their illuminated manuscript of the Four Gospels, the
                                                                                           Book of Kells. Kells is recognised as an official heritage town of Ireland.
         Surrounding the Castle are fascinating ruins which provide evidence of
         fervent religious activity. Stone relics abound in St. Patrick’s Cathedral, its   The Kells Town Hall and Tourist information Point now houses a facsimile
         church and porch revealing a number of medieval graveslabs. St. Marys             of The Book of Kells. While the original is on display at Trinity College
         Abbey is the remains of an Augustinian monastery founded in the 12th              Dublin, this book represents one of a very small number of copies ever made
         century and later a focal point for pilgrimage.                                   of this famous manuscript. The Crozier is on display in addition to a number
                                                                                           of panels and an audio visual information on Kells Town. You can also
         The Newtown Monuments consist of a large medieval cathedral, two                  commence the Kells Historic Trail from outside the Town Hall whereby a
         monasteries and a small church which date from 1206. On the walls of              map can be obtained (weekdays). Further facsimiles of the Book of Kells can
         the church one will find the late 16th century altar tomb, renowned for           be can be viewed at the Headfort Arms Hotel lobby and also in the Church
         cure of warts, with effigies of Sir Luke Dillon and his wife. Closeby, one        of Ireland.
         will find the Echo Gate, shout to hear our ancestors echo. The Yellow
         Steeple is aptly named due to the colour of the evening sunlight and the          Following the walking trail in the town visitors will see the influence of both
         Sheep Gate is the only surviving gateway of the Medieval town of Trim             a pre-Norman monastic enclosure and a walled Anglo-Norman settlement.
                                                                                           The circular street pattern which the Norman town walls followed, and is still
         During the early 1700’s Jonathan Swift, author of ‘Gullivers Travels’, was
                                                                                           respected today, went back to the more peaceful surrounds of the famous
         presented with the Vicarage of Laracor in Trim and spent some of his
                                                                                           monastery. Inside the walls of St. Columba’s Church are some of the finest
         happiest times in the area as judged by the ‘Journal To Stella’ which was
                                                                                           High Crosses of the High Christian era.The Round Tower dates from Viking
         published after his death. The Duke of Wellington, Sir Arthur Wellesley
                                                                                           times, each of its five windows pointing to one of the town’s gates in
         was educated in Trim and residents erected the Wellington Column to
                                                                                           anticipation of attack from Norse Raiders. Nearby is St. Colmcille’s Oratory,
         commemorate one of their past pupils.
                                                                                           built in the 10th Century and part of the Monastic foundation.

Great Gift Shops                                 Kells Cross                                  Athboy Pub                                   Colmcille’s House

         (Town of the Yellow Ford) is a medieval town with some of the original            Today local Sculptors in Kells keep the Artistic tradition alive; The wonderful
         wall still intact. The Church of Ireland boasts an interesting medieval table     Bronze Sculpture of an oak tree at Bective Square in memory of St.
         tomb.                                                                             Colmcille’s love of the oak tree and the Angel of the Past in Kenlis Place.

         Two miles outside Athboy is the Hill of Ward, an Iron Age fort that was           3km from Kells is the Spire of Lloyd, an 18th century folly in the form of a
         once the seat of the High Kings and a meeting place for the Celtic festival       lighthouse. On a clear day one can see five surrounding counties from the
         of ‘Samhain’ which was held on the 1st November each year. The festival           top of the spire.
         heralded the beginning of Winter and the last recording of the
         celebrations was 1168.

         Meath is unique as it is the only county in Leinster to have two
         Gaeltachts (fully Irish speaking region) the villages of Rathcairn and Baile
         Ghib east of Kells. Rath Cairn is unusual in that the area has grown in
         size and numbers over the years, a fact that reflects great credit on this
         thriving Gaelic speaking community where visitors interested in the Irish
         language, music and song will find a great welcome and much
         enjoyment. Rathcairn also has a fantastic Cultural Centre called An
         Bradán Feasa.


                                                                                             Trim Castle
                North Meath
                Oldcastle, Nobber, Moynalty
                This area of Meath, one of the few undiscovered regions of Ireland, has an
                extensive collection of pre-historic monuments, many of which still await
                archaeological investigation. The Loughcrew Hills of Oldcastle reveal passage
                graves, megalithic chambers and decorated stones carved in the same style as
                the famous Newgrange burial site, and are a great place for walkers. Carnbane
                East offers unparalleled panoramic views of the rich lands of the royal county
                and 14 additional counties stretching off into the distance. Crowned by the
                great ‘Cairn’ with its ‘Hags Chair’, Sliabh na Callaighe, the Witches Hill, out-
                side Oldcastle is the highest point in Meath. Nearby Carnbane West is very
                impressive. Birthplace of the martyr St. Oliver Plunkett, the Plunkett family
                church is still standing in Loughcrew. Cullcagh House, the place in which Dean
                Jonathan Swift finished writing his book ‘Gullivers Travels’ is located nearby.

                The region around Nobber is fondly referred to as ‘O’Carolan Country’ in
                recognition of the birth of Turlough O’Carolan in 1670. Known as the last of
                the Irish Bairds, this blind harpist composed several works, the most famous
                being O’Carolans Concerto’.

                Drumconrath is the centre of coarse fishing in Co. Meath Lough Bracken, the
                River Dee and a number of smaller lakes are situated in this forested drumlin
                country and are long established angling centres with walking areas.

                The picturesque village of Moynalty is home to one of Ireland’s largest
                Steam Threshing festivals in the month of August.

            Loughcrew Cairn                                 Great pubs

                South Meath
                Ashbourne, Clonard, Dunboyne, Dunshaughlin, Enfield, Ratoath
                Dunshaughlin, named after Secundinus or Seachnall, a disciple of St.
                Patrick who founded a church on the site in the 6th century, provides an
                ideal starting point for ventures into the historic countryside.

                Ratoath’s street plan follows the curve formed by the characteristic Norman
                Motte, the village is characterised by a series of long narrow plots of land,
                perhaps representing a medieval strip pattern. Ratoath has an exciting new
                Community Centre with a modern bistro and theatre called The Venue.

                The town of Ashbourne was the only place of insurrection outside Dublin
                during the 1916 Easter rising and a monument, similar to a ship’s bow,
                honours the nationalists that were killed there. Ashbourne Town Centre is
                now a great place to go shopping. South of Ashbourne, Fairyhouse
                Racecourse hosts regular race meetings and its crowning glory is the Easter
                Festival culminating in the Irish Grand National on Easter Monday.

                Clonard, the oldest home to Ireland’s saints and scholars, now has a new
                self guided heritage trail for visitors.

                Dunboyne Castle is an 18th century mansion which replaced the original
                castle there as the seat of the Butlers, Lords of Dunboyne, and now is a new

                Enfield, built on the banks of the Royal Canal, gives visitors an
                opportunity to walk along the scenic towpath and offers excellent coarse
5               fishing as well as being home to a variety of wildlife and fauna.
                                                                                         Slane, an elegant 18th century hillside estate village on the beautiful River
                                                                                         Boyne, only 45 minutes from Dublin City. Situated at an important
                                                                                         intersection on the road from Dublin to Derry and the Northwest of Ireland,
                                                                                         Slane has a long tradition of welcoming visitors.

                                                                                         The Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre (Newgrange) is open throughout the year
                                                                                         allowing the visitor to explore the Neolithic tombs of Newgrange, Knowth
                                                                                         and Dowth. Although less well known, the passage graves at Knowth and
                                                                                         Dowth can rival their most illustrious neighbour. Knowth is the largest in the
                                                                                         Boyne Valley and dates from circa 3,000 BC. Archaeological excavations
                                                                                         have shown the site was used from the Stone Age to the Norman period. Of
                                                                                         later but equal significance, the Hill of Slane and Slane Abbey situated just
                                                                                         north of the village offer a superb view of the Boyne Valley as well as
                                                                                         radiating the aura of a sacred place. It was here St. Patrick lit the Paschal Fire
                                                                                         of Christianity that according to legend was seen throughout the county. The
                                                                                         Battle of the Boyne Site is located close to Slane at the newly opened visitor
                                                                                         centre at Oldbridge Estate. Here you can learn more about this famous bat-
                                                                                         tle through a highly interactive display. Slane is also proud to have been the
                                                                                         birthplace of the noted Irish poet Francis Ledwidge, 1887-1917. The
                                                                                         Ledwidge Cottage Museum commemorates this fine writer. Situated by the
                                                                                         River Boyne is Slane Castle, which in latter years, has distinguished itself as
                                                                                         one of Ireland’s premier rock venues.

                                                                                         The village of Duleek is reputed to be the site of the oldest stone church in
                                                                                         Ireland; St. Cianan’s, built in the 5th century. Today there stands the 12th
Hill of Slane                                                                            century St. Mary’s Abbey and a High Cross depicting both Celtic and
                                                                                         biblical designs.

  Laytown Beach                                   Duleek Church                           Slane Weir

           The Meath Coast
           Meath has just seven miles of coastline, but in that short stretch
           between the River Boyne and the River Delvin, visitors are treated to a
           microcosm of coastal life, both cultural and physical. Bettystown is one
           of the most favoured holiday destinations for Irish people with large
           sandy beaches and wide range of accommodation and activities.

           The village of Mornington on the Boyne estuary was known as
           Marinestown in the 13th century. The Maiden Tower and the Lady’s
           Finger were built as watchtowers and navigational aids during the long
           war with O’Neill when a Spanish invasion was feared. The Tara Brooch
           of 700 AD was found at Bettystown in 1850. It is now kept in the Royal
           Academy Collection of the National Museum, Dublin.

           The village of Laytown, on the north bank of the Nanny water estuary, has
           evidence of an Iron Age settlement in the form of a burial mound. Reference
           to Laytown appears in the Annals of Ulster from 852 AD, which mentions a
           battle there in which Maelseachlainm and Flann slew 200 foreigners. It is
           perhaps better known today for its annual horse racing on the strand.


                                                                                         Slane Village
    Heritage Trail
                               Tracing Meath’s Royal Past
                               The spirit of the past is wonderfully alive in Co. Meath today.
                               It is full of mystery and excitement, heartbreak and humour!

                               There are High Kings and Scholarly Monks, Vikings and
                               Normans, castles and crosses, wise fish and singing stones,
                               magical sagas and fabulous fairytales.

                               Ancient people of Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange) and Loughcrew
                               left us enigmatic monuments, which were built to last forever.
                               The mystery of these monuments still draws us to them…to
                               trace the spirals they carved, to stand in these sacred places
                               and to share for a moment an ancient view of the world.

                               Your tour through Meath is an experience in living history in a
                               special place where magical things happen. Enjoy.

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                         Travelling from Dublin city or airport, this historical driving route of
                         Meath can be completed on one continuous journey or with planned
                         overnight stops to savour the delights of Meath in the towns on
     1 Hill of Tara                                        5 Kells Heritage Town                                 9 Brú na Bóinne                                        Heritage and Visitor Centres
     Tara, the ancient inauguration site of the High       Kells is an Irish heritage town. Visitors will see    Brú na Bóinne - the Palace or Mansion of the
                                                                                                                                                                        Trim Visitor Centre
     Kings of Ireland, is an evocative place celebrated    the influence of both a pre-Norman monastic           Boyne- is the name given to one of the world’s
                                                                                                                                                                        Castle Street, Trim, Co. Meath
     in myth and legend. From the top of the hill          enclosure and a walled Anglo - Norman                 most important archaeological landscapes,
     there are dramatic views towards the Mourne           settlement. The High Crosses, with biblical           dominated by the spectacular prehistoric
                                                                                                                                                                        Tel +353 (0) 46 943 7227
     and Cooley Mountains in the north east, across        scenes and Celtic patterns, represent                 passage tombs of Newgrange, Knowth and                 Fax +353 (0) 46 943 8053
     the Central Plain of Ireland to the Slieve Bloom      decorative artifacts of Celtic Christianity. Five     Dowth. In recognition of the international             E
     Mountains in the southwest and to the                 premier examples can be found in Kells                importance of these monuments and the many   
     Dublin/Wicklow Mountains in the south.                including the famous Market Cross. For most           other archaeological features in the area,             The visitor centre offers the exciting ‘Power &
     Location Halfway between Dunshaughlin and             people Kells is associated with the Book of           UNESCO has designated Brú na Bóinne a                  the Glory’ Audio Visual Show which paints a
     Navan off the N3                                      Kells, probably the most famous of illustrated        World Heritage Site. Constructed during the            vivid picture of the historical background of the
     Open Access all year. Guided tours mid May -          manuscripts. A perfect copy of the book is            Neolithic or New Stone Age, the passage                magnificent medieval ruins of Trim. New coffee
                                                                                                                                                                        shop - The Ramparts serving speciality
     mid September. Admission Charge                       located at the Kells Civic Offices along with         tombs of Brú na Bóinne are about 5000 years
                                                                                                                                                                        teas/coffees and food all day Mon to Sun.
     Tel +353 (0) 46 902 5903                              other treasures.                                      old.
     /41 988 0300                                          Tel +353 (0) 46 924 0064                              Location 2km west of Donore Village on L21
                                                                                                                 Open Newgrange - all year. Knowth - Easter to
                                                                                                                 October. Admission charge. Access to                   St. Killian’s Heritage Centre
     2 Bective Abbey                                       6 Loughcrew Cairns
                                                                                                                 Newgrange and Knowth from Brú na Bóinne                Mullagh, Kells, Co. Meath
     Founded in 1147, the substantial remains of           On top of the highest hills in Co Meath are                                                                  Tel/ Fax +353 (0) 46 924 2433
                                                                                                                 Visitor Centre only. Pre-booking for tour
     Ireland’s second Cistercian monastery still           some of its oldest monuments, the 5000 year                                                                  Email
                                                                                                                 groups (extremely busy during summer
     stand. Of the surviving buildings the cloister is     old passage tombs of Loughcrew. Visitors to the
                                                                                                                 months). It is advised to go early in the day.         A unique heritage centre detailing the life and
     the most impressive. The Abbey is                     monuments are rewarded not only by the
                                                                                                                 Tel +353 (0) 41 988 0300                               influence of St. Killian, the Apostle of Franconia.
     wonderfully situated along the River Boyne            ancient sites but also by some of the most
     with Bective Bridge nearby.                           stunning views in Ireland.                  
     Location 15 min from Trim off the R161                Location East of Oldcastle off the R163               Sat Nav coordinates:
     Open All year. Admission free                         Open all year, free guided tours June to Aug.         N 53.694567 W -6.4463
     Tel +353 (0) 46 943 7227                              Tel +353 (0) 41 988 0300
                                                           Tel +353 (0) 49 854 1356

 Trim Castle                                                Irish music                                                 Kells                                             Loughcrew

     3 Trim Castle                                         7 Dunmoe Castle                                       10 Battle of the Boyne Site
                                                                                                                                                                        St. Mary’s Abbey/Talbot Castle
     Built by Hugh de Lacy in 1173 this is the largest     This ruined castle stands close to the north          The Battle of the Boyne in 1690 is arguably one
                                                           bank of the River Boyne between Navan and             of the most significant events in Irish history. The
                                                                                                                                                                        High Street, Trim, Co. Meath
     Anglo-Norman castle in Ireland. In medieval
     times, the castle stood like an imposing stone        Slane. It is believed that it was built in the 15th   Protestant King William III of Orange, defeated        Tel +353 (0) 46 943 1213
     sentinel and powerful symbol of Norman                century. The castle was originally square with        the Catholic King James II and at stake were the       E
     strength. In modern times, the castle remains a       four round turrets at each corner.                    British throne, French dominance in Europe and         15th Century house once owned by Jonathan
     strong focal point in Trim town and has been          Location 10 mins east of Navan, off the N51           Religious power in Ireland. Extensive free walks       Swift, school attended by Duke of Wellington,
     used in the epic film Braveheart which starred        Open All year. Admission free                         through the battle site that link with the Boyne       guided tours available June, July and September.
     Mel Gibson.                                                                                                 Canal Towpath and Boyne River Walk. Free
     Location Trim Town                                                                                          Living History demonstrations every weekend
                                                           8 Hill of Slane
     Open Easter-End October. Weekends in                                                                        and bank holiday from May to Sept with musket          St. Columba’s Church
     Winter. Admission charge. Access to                   Nearly 1,600 years ago, St Patrick lit the first      firing and cavalry displays.                           Kells, Co. Meath
                                                           Paschal Fire in Ireland to celebrate the Easter       Location On the south bank of the Boyne, 3km
     keep/castle building by guided tour only                                                                                                                           Tel +353 (0) 49 929 3626
                                                           feast on the Hill of Slane. The Druids on the         north of Donore Village off the L21. Signposted
     Tel + 353 (0) 46 943 8619                                                                                                                                          E
                                                           distant Hill of Tara had forbidden the lighting of    from off the N51 (Slane -Drogheda Rd, access
                                                           any fires during the Pagan feast of Feis Temro,                                                              St Columba's Church and Grounds mark the original
                                                                                                                 for cars only-not suitable for coaches), off N1
                                                                                                                                                                        site of the Monastery of Kells. It stands on one of the
     4 Rathcairn                                           the Feast of Tara. Patrick’s act of defiance was      (Drogheda) and off N2 (Slane-Ashbourne).               most important Church sites in Co. Meath. Open
                                                           the spark that ignited the flame of Christianity      Open all year (except Christmas), Admission
     Rathcairn village is home to a lively Gaelic
                                                           in Ireland.                                           charge to Visitor Centre only, tea pavilion avail.
     speaking community, where visitors can be
                                                           Location North of Slane off the N2
     immersed in Irish language, music and song.                                                                 Tel +353 (0) 41 980 9950
                                                           Open All year. Admission Free
     Tel + 353 (0) 46 943 2068                                                                                   E


Dunmoe Castle                                             Newgrange                                                Hill of Slane                                         Battle of the Boyne Site

              Meath, Host County to
              The 2011 Solheim Cup

              The 2011 Solheim Cup - Killeen Castle, County Meath, Ireland
              23rd - 25th September 2011
              PING Junior Solheim Cup 20th - 21st September 2011
              Knightsbrook Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort, Trim, Co. Meath

              Considered the premier event in women's world golf, the biennial
              trans-Atlantic matchplay competition will see 12 of the top
              European-born players from the Ladies European Tour (LET) pitted
              against 12 top American-born players from the Ladies Professional
              Golf Association (LPGA). The PING Junior Solheim Cup will also
              take place on Tuesday 20th & Wednesday 21st September,
              preceding the main tournament while, The Solheim Cup will take
              place in Killeen Castle, Dunsany, County Meath with practice
              commencing from Monday 19th September 2011.

              Visit or for
              further details on accommodation, golf and things to do while
              in Meath.

           Knightsbrook Golf Club                          Headfort Golf Club

                  “So get the golf shoes on!
                  Enjoy your game.”
                  Des Smyth, one of Ireland’s best known golfers

    Ashbourne Golf Club                               County Meath Golf Club                              Knightsbrook Golf Resort                               Navan Golf Club
    Archerstown, Ashbourne, Co. Meath                 Newtownmoynagh, Trim, Co. Meath                     Dublin Road, Trim, Co. Meath                           Proudstown, Navan, Co. Meath
    Tel +353 (0) 1 835 2005                           Tel +353 (0) 46 943 1463                            Tel +353 (0) 46 948 2100                               Tel +353 (0) 46 907 2888
    Fax +353 (0)1 835 9261                            Fax +353 (0) 46 943 7556                            E                                Fax +353 (0) 46 907 2888
    E                       E                                            E                                      A challenging and creative course, golfers   
    This is one of Meath’s most scenic courses. It    This parkland course provides a challenge to        will be intrigued by 14 demanding water                Navan Golf Course is located on the lands of
    is designed with lakes and mature trees           all golfers. After your round of golf, relax in     features with 9 lakes and The Knightsbrook             Navan Racecourse. It is a challenge for even
    strategically placed to challenge even the        the modern club house bar where there are           River. A contemporary clubhouse including              the most experienced of golfers with a total
    most experienced golfer. A river flowing          full catering facilities also. There is a fully     luxurious locker rooms, full bar and catering          length of 6158 metres. A bonus for the winter
    through the course further enhances its           stocked modern pro shop with range                  facilities and fully stocked golf shop. Casual         golfer are the excellent sand based greens.
    beauty. It is a testing course each hole having   facilities, buggy, trolley, and club hire. The      green fee players society and corporate                An adjoining driving range allows the
    a character of it’s own.                          course boasts a new fully floodlit 15 bay           gours are welcome everyday to experience               opportunity to improve your swing.
                                                      driving range open until 10 each night.             the excellent facilities at Knightsbrook Hotel
                                                                                                          and Golf Resort. Knightsbrook Hotel, Spa
    Bellewstown Golf Course                                                                               and Golf Resort is honoured to be the Host
                                                                                                                                                                 Rathcore Golf & Country Club
    Bellewstown, Co. Meath                            Headfort Golf Club                                  Venue to the “PING Junior Solheim Cup                  Rathcore, Co. Meath
    Tel +353 (0) 41 988 2757                          Headfort Old & Headfort New Courses                 from the 20th to the 21st September 2011.              Tel +353 (0) 46 954 1855
    E                      Navan Road, Kells, Co. Meath                                                                               Fax +353 (0) 46 954 2916                           Tel +353 (0) 46 928 2001/924 0146                                                                
                                                                                                          Julianstown Golf Club
    Bellewstown Golf Club is a new championship       Fax +353 (0) 46 924 9282                                                                         
                                                                                                          Julianstown, Co. Meath
    length parkland course, situated north-east of    E                                                                                 The course may be described as parkland but
                                                                                                          Tel +353 (0) 41 981 1953
    the Bellewstown Race Course. This par 72,                                                                                    this would not be sufficient. The defining
    pay and play facility promises to be a
                                                                                                          Mobile +353 (0) 87 417 8290
                                                      Headfort Golf Club, based in the historic town                                                             features of this 18 hole golf course are the 2
    challenging and enjoyable experience for                                                              Excellently maintained and located. 9 hole
                                                      of Kells, is considered one of Ireland's most                                                              ring forts, the motte and the numerous natural
    golfers of all levels. The 18 holes are played                                                        parkland golf course & 18 hole pitch and
                                                      scenic golf courses. Headfort is Leinster’s first                                                          springs enabling 12 of the holes to have water
    over a distance of just over 6,700 yards with                                                         putt along R132. This challenging golf
                                                      36 hole complex with the addition of a new,                                                                features. The Eleventh hole was given a gold
    beautiful fairways leading to state of the art                                                        course has five par 4’s and four par 3’s with
                                                      Christy O’Connor Jnr. designed championship                                                                star rating by ‘The Pocket Guide to Golf
    USGA greens.                                                                                          many difficult bunkers. The lake skirts along
                                                      course. With the River Blackwater featuring on                                                             Courses in Ireland.’ Add the rolling hills,
                                                                                                          the 3rd fairway making this a challenging par
                                                      13 of 18 holes, Headfort Golf Club is the                                                                  numerous mature trees, yellow furze and
                                                                                                          3. The tree-lined fairways and natural
                                                      definitive "must visit" on any golfing itinerary.                                                          strong historical background. Under the
                                                                                                          terrain offer a most enjoyable game. The
                                                                                                                                                                 direction of Mel Flanagan (Irish Golf Design)
                                                                                                          pitch and putt course is the largest in the
                                                                                                                                                                 and moulded by Mick and Austin Lyons.
                                                                                                          country. Club hire, teas and coffees

Bellewstown Golf Club                                 Royal Tara Golf Club                                                                                                                    Rathcore Golf Club

    Black Bush Golf Course                            Killeen Castle                                      Laytown and Bettystown Golf Club                       Royal Tara Golf Club
    Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath                           Dunsany, Co. Meath                                  Bettystown, Co. Meath                                  Bellinter, Navan, Co. Meath
    353 (0)1 825 0021                                 Tel +353 (0) 1 689 3000                             Tel +353 (0) 41 982 7170                               Tel +353 (0) 46 902 5508/902 5244
    Fax +353 (0)1 825 0400                            El                           Fax +353 (0) 41 982 8506                               Fax +353 (0) 46 902 6684
    E                                            E                                       E                          Killeen Castle hosts a magnificent Jack Nicklaus                                 
    Black Bush Golf Course is situated only           Signature Course which has had continuous           This traditional links course is reputed to have       This scenic parkland course is in the heart of
    minutes from Fairyhouse Racecourse. Mature        hands-on involvement throughout its design          a tough par of 71. This is County Meath's              Co. Meath adjacent to the Hill of Tara, ancient
    trees leading up to well maintained greens        and construction from one of the greatest           only links golf course. Professional Tour              home of the High Kings of Ireland. It is a
    line the fairways. There are a number of tricky   golfers ever to play the game. It hosted the        golfer, Des Smyth started his golf career              pleasant tree lined course of average length
    holes that will prove a challenge to even the     Ladies Irish Open in 2010 which was a terrific      here. You will certainly enjoy a good round            with various degrees of difficulty. This is an
    most practised of golfers. This course provides   success and it is a testament to the quality of     of golf as there are some excellent holes on           ideal venue for that casual day’s golf just off
    a wonderful opportunity for an enjoyable          Jack’s creation that the course has been award-     this stretch of links land. This beautiful golf        the N3 between Navan and Dunshaughlin
    round of golf in an ideal setting.                ed the hosting of The 2011 Solheim Cup.             course provides an excellent opportunity to            only 40 mins from Dublin.


                                                        Killeen Castle                                                                                       Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club
     Walking & Biking
                            The Pathways of Meath
                            County Meath’s rich culture, heritage, myths and legends, flora
                            and fauna are to be experienced along these 3 heritage walking
                            routes. Visit, email
                            or call 00353 (0) 46 909 7060 for a brochure on walking.

                            Kells Girley Bog Eco Walk is a 3.5 mile waymarked National
                            Loop covering forest and bogland located on the N52 to
                            Mullingar just 5 km from Kells on the left hand side. The loop
                            takes approximately 1 hr 30 mins and requires walking boots.

                            Boyne Ramparts Heritage Walk from Navan to Stackallen
                            Bridge is 8km each way. Along this linear stretch there are
                            interpretive panels providing interesting facts to help the walker
                            enjoy the beauty of the Boyne Valley. Carpark located on the
                            R153 in Navan.

                            Trim Castle River Walk provides a glimpse of life in the Middle
                            Ages in Trim. The walk is a linear walk commencing at Trim
                            Castle and takes approximately 30 minutes along well marked
                            pathways to Newtown and return.

                        Boyne Ramparts Heritage Walk              Boyne Ramparts Heritage Walk

                                Explore at leisure the
                                gentle winding pathways

     Canal Walk                                          Forest Walks                                       Heritage Town Walks                                Historic Town Walks

     Royal Canal Way                                     Loughcrew Cairns                                   Athboy Heritage Trail                              New for 2011
     The Royal Canal Way is a 77km, long                 There is a walk to Loughcrew Cairns and a          The Athboy heritage trail is a looped route
     distance walking trail. It is divided into 7                                                                                                              Trim Historic Trail
                                                         guiding service for visits to the Cairns is        and takes approximately 25 minutes,
     sections each representing a half days              available during the Summer months. Call           commencing at St. James RC Church.                 Follow the green heritage signs around Trim
     walking. The trail starts at Ashtown, Dublin        041 9880 300 for details. Also                                                                        commencing at the Trim Visitor Centre taking
                                                                                                            Points of interest include: 1. St. James
     (lock 10) and ends in Mullingar, Co.                                                                                           approx. 60 mins
                                                                                                            Church, 2. Old Darnley Lodge Hotel,
     Westmeath. The Royal Canal Way passes                                                                                                                     1. Trim Visitor Centre, 2. St. Patrick’s Church,
                                                                                                            3. Church of Ireland Grounds, 4. The Metal
     through Co. Meath at Enfield and you can                                                                                                                  3. Wellington Monument, 4. Dublin Gate,
                                                         Forest Walk - Balrath Wood                         Footbridge, 5. Engine House of the Railway
     join the route here. Some interesting                                                                                                                     5. Trim Castle, 6. Maudlin’s Cemetary, 7. Echo
                                                                                                            Station, 6. The Fair Green, 7. The Mail, 8. The
     features are Enfield Harbour and Moyvalley          Balrath Wood was once part of the larger                                                              Gate, 8. Priory of St. John the Baptist, 9. Tomb
                                                                                                            Bridge, 9. Macra hall, 10. School, 11. Market
     tree lined stretch. The route can be wet and        Somerville estate. A good time to visit                                                               of the Jealous Man and Woman, 10. Newtown
                                                                                                            House, 12. Remains of Athboy Castle,
     muddy, so take care.                                Balrath is in late Summer/early Autumn when                                                           Cathedral, 11. Victorine Friary, 12. Newtown
                                                                                                            13. The Waxie Dargle.
                                                         there are plenty of leaves and some fruits                                                            Church, 13. Navan Gate, 14. Athboy Gate,
     For more information see OSI Discovery              /nuts on the trees and some wildflowers still                                                         15. St. Patrick’s Cathedral, 16. The Old Gaol,
     Series Sheet 50, Guide to the Royal Canal           in bloom. Spring and Summer are also good          Duleek Heritage Trail                              17. St. Mary’s Abbey, 18. Yellow Steeple,
     of Ireland - The Waterways Service & Inland         times, especially to see woodland wildflowers                                                         19. Sheepgate, 20. The Cannon,
                                                                                                            Is a town trail with lots of heritage and
     Waterways Association of Ireland. Visit             in their natural habitat.                                                                             21. Courthouse, 22. Trim Visitor Centre
                                                                                                            stepping stones through time. Duleek began or                         Location                                           as an early Christian monastic settlement. St
                                                         Balrath Wood is located just off the N2 on the     Patrick established a bishopric here about 450
                                                                                                                                                               Slane Historic Trail
                                                         R153 for Navan (only approx. 35 km from            AD, which he placed in the care of St Cianan
                                                         Dublin). (situated 10km from Navan / 10km          on November 24, 489.                               The Slane Historic Trail is a self guided historic
                                                         from Slane). For more information, visit                                                              trail with 18 points marked by the heritage
                                                                                                            1. Courthouse, 2. Connell’s House, 3.
                                                                                                                                         green plaques and information panels
                                                                                                            Parochial House, 4. Lime Tree, 5. St Cianan’s
                                                                                                                                                               providing an exploration of Slane’s vibrant
                                                                                                            RC Church, 6. Larrix St and Kingsgate, 7. St
                                                                                                                                                               historic past.
                                                         Littlewood Forest, Slane                           Mary’s Abbey, 8. Duleek Wayside Cross,
                                                                                                            9. Duleek House, 10. Duleek Commons,               Points of interest include: 1. Slane Cottages;
                                                         Littlewood Forest is located on the N2 Collon
                                                                                                            11. Berford Cross, 12. Nanny Bridges,              2. Catholic Church, 3. The Old School,
                                                         Road, 1 mile from Slane Village and provides a
                                                                                                            13. Coach House or ‘The Building’.                 4. 1798 Monument, 5. Hill of Slane, 6. Rock
                                                         fantastic amenity for walkers. The forest covers
                                                                                                                                                               House - Village ‘Square’, 7. Conyngham Arms
                                                         28 hectares (70 acres). Today it comprises a
                                                                                                                                                               Hotel, 8. Church of Ireland, 9. Georgian
                                                         varied mix of conifer and broadleaved tree
                                                                                                                                                               House, 10. Dean Cogan House, 11. Millers’
                                                         species. In 2010, a series of directional posts
                                                                                                                                                               Row, 12. Slane Mill, 13. Gothic Gate, 14. Gate
                                                         and information panels detailing the flora,
                                                                                                                                                               Lodge, 15. Georgian House, 16. Parochial
                                                         fauna and history were installed to create an
                                                                                                                                                               house, 17. Site of Erasmus Smith School,
                                                         interesting 30 minute walk.
                                                                                                                                                               18. Slane Cottages

                                                                                                                                                               Kells Historic Trail
                                                                                                                                                               This is a self guided historic trail with 15 points
                                                                                                                                                               marked by the heritage green plaques and
                                                                                                                                                               information panels providing an insight into
                                                                                                                                                               monastic Kells and other significant points in
                                                                                                                                                               the history of Kells.
                                                                                                                                                               1. Kells Town Hall, 2. Monastic Site, 3. St.
                                                                                                                                                               Colmcille’s House, 4. St. Colmcille’s Well,
                                                                                                                                                               5. People’s Park, 6. Ring Fort, 7. Monastic Site,
                                                                                                                                                               Churchyard Wall, 8. Bective Square,
                                                                                                                                                               9. Presbyterian Church, 10. Parnell Park,
                                                                                                                                                               11. Old Courthouse, 12. Market Cross, 13. St.
                                                                                                                                                               John’s Cemetary, 14. Headfort Bridge, 15. Kells
                                                                                                                                                               town Hall.
Yellow Steeple, Trim Heritage Trail                      Kells Girley Bog Eco Walk

                                                                                                                                                               Gormanston/ Stamullen Trail
                                                         Forest Walk - Mullaghmeen Forest                   Dunshaughlin Heritage Trail                        Heritage trails available from CityNorth Hotel
     A Path Well Worn                                    Situated 8 km from Oldcastle, Mullaghmeen          1.Library (formally St. Patricks Roman
                                                                                                                                                               featuring 10 points of interest around
                                                         has 1,000 acres of forest. Picnics can be                                                             Gormanston and Stamullen.
                                                                                                            Catholic Church), 2. Norman Motte, 3.St.
     Visitors should respect the facilities, the flora   enjoyed and there are long and short walks         Patrick’s Hall - Old National School, 4. Supple
     and fauna, keep dogs under strict control           depending on level of fitness. Mullaghmeen         House Piers, 5. Supple House, 6. Garda
     and co-operate in keeping the areas free            Forest is a state forest and provides 14 miles     Station, 7. The Courthouse, 8. Nelson’s
     from litter, or if walking in a wooded area,        of roadway for the walker. It leads to the         Academy (Ivy House), 9.Turnpike Toll House,
     refrain from lighting fires. Wear walking           highest point in County Westmeath (894ft.)         10. Old Sales Market (Beside Gogans),11.
     boots, bring rain gear and fluid. Leave only        Location:                                          Fingal Arms Hotel, 12.St. Secundinus Church
     footprints and take only memories...                                                                   (St. Seachnaill’s Church),13. Gallows Hill, 14.
                                                         From Oldcastle, take the Castlepollard road
                                                                                                            The Croppies Grave, 15. The Lagore
                                                         past Millbrook to the first Y junction where a
                                                                                                            Crannog, 16. Trevet Church & Graveyard, 17.
                                                         right turn off the main road should be taken.
                                                                                                            Union Workhouse & Famine Graveyard.
                                                         Follow this road until you pass Katsy
                                                         Browne's on the right and take a left turn
                                                         immediately after this shop. The forest is on      Moynalty Heritage Trail
                                                         this road so keep driving until the main
                                                                                                            The Moynalty Heritage Trail is 20 minutes
                                                         entrance gate is seen on the right.
                                                                                                            linear route around Ireland’s Tidiest Village
                                                                                                            1. Stone Cross, 2. RC Church and Mass Stone,
                                                         Other Walks include:                               3. Donore Hoard, 4. Moynalty House
                                                         Sli na Slainte Walks                               Gatelodge, 5. National Boys School, 6. Old
                                                                                 Forge, 7. Police Barracks, 8. Milestone, 9.
                                                         Oldbridge Estate walk near Slane                   National Girls School, 10. Midwife’s House, 11.
                                                                           Muintir na Tire Hall, 12. Church of Ireland, 13.
                                                                                                            Battle of Salford Bridge, 14. Garryard Wood,
                                                                                                            15. Protestant School, 16. Crochawella.
     Horse Racing

                    Chasing the Wind
                    Meath is famous for the wonderful horses it produces. The
                    reason being, experience in horsemanship from breeding,
                    breaking, livery and training. Lessons and trekking for all
                    ages and standards are available in the centres here.

                    Where else to go racing than in County Meath. There is
                    plenty of choice. National Hunt and Flat racing is regularly
                    held at Fairyhouse (home of the Irish Grand National) and
                    Bellewstown (for over 300yrs). Navan Racecourse is one of
                    the finest possible tests for National Hunt horses. Laytown
                    is a unique event where the horses race on the beach.

                    Laytown Strand Races

                      Thundering hooves and pounding

Fairyhouse Racecourse                                  Meath Racing Calendar
Ratoath, Co. Meath
Tel +353 (0) 1 825 6167                                Fairyhouse Racecourse
Fax +353 (0) 1 825 6051                                Ratoath, Co. Meath
                                                       Tel +353 (0) 1 825 6167
                                                       Fax +353 (0) 1 825 6051                     Special Gardens
Home of the Irish Grand National, Ireland's most
valuable handicap steeple-chase with a prize fund
                                                                                                   Garden enthusiast or not, come and revel in the
of €250,000. First run in 1870, it has be- come a      January         1 Saturday                  beauty of Meath's gardens. Whether you're an avid
key date in the Irish sporting calendar. Public bar/                  16 Sunday                    horticulturist, a weekend walker or an urban dweller
restaurant and suites available for meetings and                      29 Saturday                  looking for a little rest and relaxation, you'll find it in
functions.                                             February        9 Wednesday                 the gardens of Meath and surrounding environs.
                                                                      19 Saturday                  See p.21 & 22 for special events at Meath’s gardens.
Navan Racecourse                                                      23 Wednesday
Proudstown Road, Navan, Co. Meath                      April       24-26 Sun-Tue Easter Festival
Tel +353 (0) 46 902 1350                                                                           Loughcrew Historic Gardens
                                                       June            1 Wednesday
Fax +353 (0) 46 902 7694                                              15 Wednesday                 Loughcrew House, Oldcastle,
E                                             29 Wednesday                 Co. Meath                                                                             Tel +353 (0) 49 854 1356
                                                       July           10 Sunday
Support National Hunt racecourse, 1 mile, 4                                                        Fax +353 (0) 49 854 1921
                                                       September      18 Sunday                    E info@loughcrew.con
furlongs, set in 180 acres, public bar/ restaurant
suites available for meetings and functions.           October         8 Saturday        
                                                       November        2 Wednesday                 Stunning 17th and 19th century gardens with
Laytown Races                                                         16 Wednesday                 ancient yew walk, borders, water features
Laytown, Co. Meath                                     December        3 Saturday                  and St. Oliver Plunkett’s family Church.
Tel +353 (0) 41 984 2111                                               4 Sunday                    Children (supervised) are welcome and will
                                                                      17 Saturday                  be fascinated by the Alice in Wonderland
Fax +353 (0) 41 983 7566
                                                                                                   display. Venue for weddings. Loughcrew
                                                                                                   Garden Opera Festival 8th & 9th July 2011.
Ireland’s Unique Race Meeting, Laytown is              Laytown Races
                                                       Laytown, Co. Meath                          Loughcrew Gardens organises forest walks
famous for its annual strand races, the only                                                       and trails from 2.5 to 14 miles including many
                                                       Tel +353 (0) 41 982 2111
official strand races remaining in Europe and is a                                                 miles of isolated farm tracks,embracing many
wonderful day out.                                                                                 scenic and historic features. Also see
                                                       September       8 Thursday                  Loughcrew Adventure Course p. 20
                                                       Europe's only strand races

                                                       Navan Racecourse
                                                       Proudstown Road, Navan, Co. Meath
                                                       Tel +353 (0) 46 902 1350
                                                       January        19 Wednesday
                                                                      22 Saturday
                                                       February       13 Sunday
                                                                      26 Saturday
                                                       March          13 Sunday
                                                                      26 Saturday
                                                       April          17 Sunday
                                                       May            15 Sunday
                                                                      28 Saturday
                                                       June           10 Friday
                                                       September      24 Saturday
                                                       October         5 Wednesday
                                                                      19 Wednesday
Bellewstown Races                                                                                  Grove Gardens
                                                       November       13 Sunday                    Fordstown, Kells, Co. Meath
Bellewstown, Co. Meath
                                                                      27 Sunday                    Tel +353 (0) 46 943 4276
Tel +353 (0) 41 984 2111
(982 3614 on raceday)                                  December       10 Saturday                  E
Fax +353 (0) 41 984 2112                                              18 Sunday          
                                                                      19 Monday
(984 3644 on raceday)                                                                              The Dillon family have lived at the Grove
E                                  Bellewstown Races
                                                                                                   approx 300 years. The gardens were created                                Bellewstown, Co. Meath                      by it’s present owner, Mr Pat Dillon. They are
                                                       Tel +353 (0) 41 984 2111                    informal and laid out in such a way, they
Bellewstown has two festivals. The first recorded
                                                                  blend in naturally with the surrounding
dates of the Bellewstown Races were in 1726.
                                                                                                   environment. Spacious well kept lawns,
Horse Sales                                            July          1-3 Fri-Sun                   herbaceous borders, old roses, early and late
                                                                                                   flowering clematis, and a very lush family
                                                       August      17-18 Wed-Thur
Tattersalls (Ireland) Ltd.                                                                         vegetable garden. This garden was featured
Ratoath, Co. Meath                                                                                 on RTE, BBC and UTV and written about in
                                                                                                   various gardening books both at home and
Tel +353 (0) 1 886 4300                                Racing 2011                                 abroad. We have created a garden that both
                                                       For information on Race Fixtures            young and old feel they are able to relax in.
Europe’s largest Bloodstock Auctioneers offering
                                                       for 2011 visit
more than 3,800 thoroughbreds at nine horse                                                                                           14
sales throughout the year. Also host to the World
Renowned Tattersalls International Horse Trials
along with lots of family events, crafts, shopping
and lots more. See events listing pages 21 and 22.
                 The Magical Waters of the Boyne
                 There is a great diversity of angling in Meath - game, coarse
                 and sea angling. The Boyne Valley area is particularly
                 renowned for fantastic Wild Brown Trout fishing. The quality
                 of fishing is further enhanced by the beautiful scenery and
                 limestone beds of the River Boyne.

                 Angling Associations:
                 The majority of game angling on the Boyne is controlled by Angling
                 Associations and some by private fishery owners. Anglers wishing
                 to fish for brown trout on an Angling Association water must
                 obtain a permit from that association and fishing methods must
                 be in accordance with the current rules and regulations of the
                 association. Most associations support a policy of catch and
                 release. Please visit or

                                                               The River Boyne

               Game Angling                                  Coarse Angling

               The River Boyne and its tributaries com-      The Boyne Valley Fishery offers excellent
               prise approx 500km of river channel and       opportunities for the coarse angler espe-
               are some of the country’s premium angling     cially in Collinstown and Delvin to the West
               waters offering superb wild brown trout       and Enfield to the southwest.
                                                             Drumconrath village in County Meath is
               There are a number of popular fishing loca-   surrounded by a number of small to medi-
               tions in the Boyne Valleu including Slane,    um sized lakes. Lakes in this area include
               Navan Trim and Longwood stretches of the      Corstown Lake, Ballyho Lakes 1 and 2,
               River Boyne as well as the Kells Blackwater   Mentrim Lakes, Bracken Lake and Balrath
               and the Stoneyford river.                     Lake. More information available on
               The best way to ensure you make the most      Best time of year: All year round
               of your fishing trip is to book an experi-
               enced angling guide.
               Best time of year for Brown Trout Fishing:
               May, June and September                       Sea Angling

               For information on where to buy permits,      South of the River Boyne there are
               tackle shops, fishing maps and fishing        extensive beaches at Mornington,
               guides, please visit   Bettystown and Laytown. The south beach
               or                    at Laytown is a popular angling venue and
                                                             evening tides can produce the best results.
                                                             Best time of year: May to September

                                                             Publications available: The Boyne Valley
                                                             Fishery available by emailing
                                                             Information courtesy of the Eastern
                                                             Regional Fisheries Board, 15a Main St,
                                                             Blackrock, Co. Dublin,
17                                                           Tel + 353 (0) 278 7022 E
    Things to Do
                    So Much to Do
                    Whether on your holiday here in Meath or just taking a day trip
                    with the family, Meath has lots to offer.

                     An Bradán Feasa                                      Book of Kells Experience
                     Rathcairn, Atha Bui, Co. Meath                       Martry, Kells, County Meath
                     Tel/ Fax +353 (0) 46 943 2381                        Tel +353 (0) 85 1636 453
                     E                               E
                     Promotion of Cultural tourism, Irish language        Kells is a delightful small town with one of the
                     and Summer Shows. See events on page 21.             very best collections of sculptures and buildings of
                                                                          the early Christians. Your tour package includes
                     Battle of the Boyne Site                             accommodation, all meals, guided tours and
                                                                          entry fees. Guided tours include visits to St.
                     Oldbridge, Drogheda, Co. Meath
                                                                          Colmcille’s Monastic Site, Spire of Loyd,
                     Tel +353 (0) 41 980 9950
                                                                          Loughcrew Cairns. Clonabreany Cemetery and
                     E                            the Hill of Tara and are made up to suit your
                                         individual requirements and time frames. Visit the
                     Living History Demonstrations take place             areas where the Tailteann Games, the Olympics
                     every weekend and bank holiday from May to           and Halloween began! In the evenings we will
                     September with black powder musket firing            have storytelling and musical entertainment.
                     and cavalry displays.                                Come and see where the magic still lies!

                   Causey Farm                                                 Funtasia

                     Beyond the Blarney                                   Causey Farm - Be Irish for a Day
                     Boolies, Oldcastle, Co. Meath                        Girley, Fordstown, Co. Meath
                     Tel +353 (0) 87 151 1511                             Angela or Lily Murtagh
                     E                           Tel +353 (0) 46 943 4135
                     Beyond the Blarney takes you beyond the    
                     Ireland of shamrocks and shillelaghs to a more       Try your hand at brown bread making, celi
                     authentic experience. Our specially created          dancing, the Irish drum, sugan rope making,
                     guided tours are led by people who have a            hurling, milking a cow, turf cutting and working
                     passion for Irish history, culture and heritage.     a sheepdog. Traditional meals and live music
                     County Meath is a place of myth and magic,           evening. Hen / Stag packages with
                     lore and legend where the spirit of the past still   accommodation at the Headfort Arms Hotel
                     lingers, weaving its way into the life and           available also and group packages available.
                     traditions, places and people of this heartland      Events page 21 /22.
                     of Ireland. Our tours unravel Ireland through
                     the ages - from the pre-history of the
                     megalithic era, through the coming of the            Cultural Tourism Ireland
                     Christians, the devastation of the Reformation       Tel +353 (0) 1 296 8190
                     and ravages of the Great Famine right through        E
                     to modern day Ireland.                     
                                                                          Experience a sense of excitement and discovery.
                                                                          Take part in a real research excavation. Team up
                                                                          with expert archaeologists to excavate the 13th
                                                                          century Dominican Blackfriary in Trim. Uncover
                                                                          archaeological finds buried for hundreds of
                                                                          years. Unearth lost buildings, recover artefacts
                                                                          and learn to plot and record features. Learn
                                                                          about early Irish monastic life. Immerse yourself
                                                                          in the archaeology of the Boyne valley, County
                                                                          Meath. No experience necessary. Excavations
                                                                          from May to September 2011. Group discounts
                                                                          available.Tailored Family archaeological               18
                                                                          experiences offered. On site ‘Dig it Kids’ camp.

Laytown Beach                                                                                          Loughcrew Gardens
      Things to Do
                        Fairyhouse Food and Wine School                      Francis Ledwidge Museum & War
                        Fairyhouse Road, Ratoath, Meath                      Memorial Centre
                        Billie O’Shea                                        Janesville, Slane, Co. Meath
                        Mobile +353 (0) 86 883 1124                          Tel +353 (0) 41 982 4544
                        E                   E
                        Do you want to learn simple ways to prepare          The poet Francis Ledwidge was born in Slane
                        delicious food for your family and friends?          on 19th August 1887. The museum is open 7
                        Want to source and cook the freshest and best        days 10.00am-1.00pm & 2.00-5.30pm - call
                        quality ingredients? Can you use a hot wok           in advance to book. Tours can be booked in
                        with a cool head? Would you like to impress          advance and have special rates for schools
                        your friends with a fantastic and easy to            and teachers. Situated 1 mile from Slane on
                        prepare meal? If so, then welcome to our             the Drogheda Road.
                        kitchen. Fairyhouse Food & Wine School is a
                        large modern purpose built cookery school
                        with courses designed for adults and children.
                        We offer a wide choice of themes, dishes and
                        schedules, which are suitable for you,
                        whatever your cooking skills.

                      Solstice Arts Centre                                        The Zone

                        Funtasia                                             Grove Animal Farm & Tropical Bird
                        Funtasia Bettystown                                  Garden
                        Bettystown, Co. Meath                                Fordstown, Kells , Co. Meath
                        Funtasia Waterpark                                   Tel +353 (0) 46 943 4276
                        Donore Road, Drogheda                                E
                        Tel +353 (0) 41 982 8301                   
                        Fax +353 (0) 41 982 8525                             On entering Grove farm you will be greeted
                        E                                   by the talking parrots, which are very
                                                    entertaining. There are areas throughout the
                        Funtasia specialises in adding an extra wow          gardens where you will see tropical birds,
                        factor to all its attractions and Funtasia Water-    farm animals, fowl, llamas, ponies and of
                        park, Ireland’s premier indoor entertainment         course Bimbo the friendly donkey and see the
                        centre, is wow indeed. The pirates cove water        ducks on their pond. There is a playing field
                        park, all 35,000 sq ft of it, is heaps of fun with   and sand pit. We have picnic areas
                        over 200 different activities including the          throughout the farm (both indoor and
                        spectacular superbowl. There is Funtasia’s           outdoor). The gardens and open farm is
                        extraordinary aerial assault course, the             enjoyed by both adults and children. It is a
                        ultimate sky climb, where the adventurous can        lovely relaxing place to spend a morning or
                        pretend to be Indiana Jones. Those with more         afternoon. Facilities: Indoor, outdoor picnic
                        sedate tastes can enjoy bowling in Funtasia’s        areas, Toilets, Car and bus parking (free), Tea,
                        Egyptian fantasy bowling alley, tackle a game        Coffee available on request.
                        of crazy golf or whiz around the roller disco
                        while the younger ones discover the fun to be        The Hill of Tara - audio guide
                        had in the multi-storey play area. There is a        Ingenious Ireland - guided tours for
                        similar bundle of fun available at the water         curious people
                        park’s sister attraction Funtasia Bettystown,        Tel +353 (0) 1 254 2631
                        just across the road from lovely Bettystown
                        beach. From fairground rides and trips to outer
                        space in the simulator movie theatres, to
                        dining in our delightful restaurants, there is no    Walk in the footsteps of high kings and heroes
                        end of fun to be had at Funtasia.                    with this audio-guided tour of Tara, visit all the
                                                                             monuments, and learn about the rituals and
                                                                             legends. Developed with history and arch-
                                                                             aeology experts, you can listen to a dramatic
19                                                                           extract at our website. Souvenir boxed version
                                                                             available to buy at Tara, or download the audio
                                                                             to your MP3 player from
                                                                    Ingenious Ireland -
                                                                             guided tours for curious people.
     Newgrange Farm
    Loughcrew Studio and School of                    Rathbeggan Lakes & Family Fun Park                   Swimming Pools & Leisure Centres
    Gilding                                           Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath                              Kells Swimming Pool
    Oldcastle, Co. Meath                              Tel +353 (0) 1 824 0197                              Navan Road, Kells, Co. Meath
    Tel +353 (0) 49 854 1356                          Fax +353 (0) 1 824 0196                              Tel +353 (0) 46 924 0551
    E                              E                                                                                      Navan Aura Leisure Centre
                                                                                                           Navan, Co. Meath
    Emilly Naper teaches the disappearing art of      Set in the tranquil Tolka Valley, Rathbeggan
                                                                                                           Tel +353 (0) 46 907 9950                            Today bringing an event to Meath has
    Gilding (Gold Leaf) in 3 day courses at           Lakes offers a host of activities from quality fly
                                                                                                                                                               never been easier. Meet In Meath,
    Loughcrew House. No Experience necessary.         fishing to lots of family fun activities including   Trim Swimming Pool
    Newly opened: Loughcrew Adventure
                                                                                                                                                               the dedicated business tourism
                                                      pet farm and archery to nature nature walks          Newhaggard Rd, Trim, Co. Meath
    Course - a great day team building,               and new Frizbee golf paddleboats and airsoft
                                                                                                                                                               initiative from Meath Tourism, acts as
                                                                                                           Tel +353 (0) 46 943 8730                            a one stop shop for the national and
    children’s party or a day out with friends.       war-games for adults and children. Open
    Zipping Through The Trees, Abseiling, Wall        9am to dusk.                                         Ashbourne Marriott Hotel                            international meeting planner. With
    Climbing, Ropes Course, Archery, Raft                                                                  Ashbourne, Co. Meath                                over 1300 bedrooms and total
    Building...and much more. This adventure                                                                                                                   delegate capacity of 8,000 delegates,
                                                                                                           Tel +353 (0) 1 835 0800
    course will test and challenge you, in the                                                                                                                 all roads lead to Meath; our enviable
    rolling Drumlin hills of northwest Meath.                                                              Dunboyne Castle Hotel                               location at the hub of four major
                                                                                                           Dunboyne, Co. Meath                                 motorways and proximity to our
                                                                                                           Tel +353 (0) 1 801 3500                             capital city and Dublin International
                                                                                                           Knightsbrook Hotel                                  Airport providing seamless access to
                                                                                                           Dublin Road, Trim, Co. Meath                        the home of some of Ireland’s most
                                                                                                           Tel +353 (0) 46 948 2100                            prestigious hotels.

                                                                                                                                                               With a unique blend of uber modern
                                                                                                                                                               4-star hotels, smaller boutique
                                                                                                                                                               properties and exciting off-site
                                                                                                                                                               venues, Meath caters for everything
                                                                                                                                                               from large 1,200 delegate
                                                                                                                                                               conferences to small corporate
                                                                                                                                                               team building events.

                                                                                                                                                               For more information on Meet In
                                                                                                                                                               Meath partner hotels see page 26
                                                                                                                                                               and visit or
                                                                                                                                                               call +353 (0) 46 909 7060

                                                                                                                                                               Tattersalls (Ireland) Ltd.
Fairyhouse Cookery School                             Rathbeggan Lakes                                                                                         Ratoath, Co. Meath
                                                                                                                                                               Tel +353 (0) 1 886 4300
    Newgrange Farm & Coffee Shop                      Royal Breffni Tours                                  Tayto Park                                          An impressive venue for conferences, training
    Newgrange, Slane, Co. Meath                       The Poles House, Kilmainhamwood,                     Kilbrew, Ashbourne, Co. Meath                       sessions, board meetings & product launches.
    Tel/Fax +353 (0) 41 982 4119                      Kells. Co. Meath                                     Tel +353 (0) 1 835 1999                             Events, see pages 21 & 22’
    E                    Tel/Fax +353 (0)42 966 7276                          E                             Mob +353 (0) 87 966 7276                   
    Located beside the tourist site of Newgrange      E                         Tayto Park, located in South County Meath is
    They are Ireland's leading open visitors farm                            truly the first of its kind in Ireland. With over
    where everyone can see-hold-feed animals          Royal Breffni Tours operate fully organised          100 attractions, a visit to Tayto Park is an
    and poultry, play areas provided. Superb          and supervised day and overnight activity            unforgettable day out for the whole family.
    facilities: indoor & outdoor picnic areas, gift   tours in Meath and Cavan. Activities include         Some of the key attractions in Tayto Park
    shop, coffee shop and disabled facilities.        the Cavan Crystal Maze, Mountain Hiking,             include: Teahouse in the Tree House, The
    Wonderful day out for the family. See website     Orienteering, Horse Riding, Watersports and          Potatohontus Native American Village, Eagle
    for special events. Events also on page 21 /22    History tours. Groups are catered for. Fleet of      Sky Adventure Zone, Tayto Plains, Mr. Tayto
                                                      coaches available.                                   Critter Country, Pet-Tayto Corner, The Pow
                                                                                                           Wow Playground, Buffalo Ridge and The
    Newgrange Falconry
                                                                                                           Lodge Restaurant and Shop..
    Brian and Barbara Mc Cann                         Solstice Arts Centre
    Drogheda, Co. Louth                               Railway Street, Navan, Co. Meath                     The Zone
    Tel +353 (0) 86 886 6 738                         Tel +353 (0) 46 909 2300
                                                                                                           Unit 1&2, Mullaghboy Ind Estate
    E                      Fax +353 (0) 46 909 2305
                                                                                                           Navan, Co. Meath                         E
                                                                        Tel +353 (0) 46 9071623
    Situated in the North East of Ireland,                                                                 E                                Tayto Park
                                                      A magnificent new 320 seat theatre and arts
    Newgrange Falconry offer customers a
                                                      centre in the heart of Navan. Solstice Arts
    stimulating, unique and memorable
                                                      Centre provides state-of-the-art visual art          The Zone, with two floors of action, houses
    experience by a very experienced team in the
                                                      galleries, exhibition spaces and plays host to       Indoor Karting, Ireland’s largest indoor
    ancient art of falconry. Their products and
                                                      numerous concerts, exhibitions and events.           paintball arena at 28,000 sq feet, Archery,
    packages cater for a wide diversity of
                                                      The high standard of facilities provided makes       Laser Tag Paintball, and 4x4 Off Road Driving
    customers and can also be tailored to suit.
                                                      this building a significant and exciting centre      Experience. So whether you feel like racing
    They include:Falconry displays, Static
                                                      for the arts. Tourist information and café are       with some friends or you are planning a fun
    displays, Bird of Prey Appearances, Golden
                                                      also available at the Centre.                        family day out then look no further than The
    Eagle Appearances, 'Just Owls' Appearances,
    Falconry lessons in beautiful countryside,                                                             Zone for an action packed day. Party room
    Visits to your venue with birds of prey,                                                               available for your own private gathering.
    Hunting trips, Educational visits, Pest control                                                        Opening hours Mon- Sun 10am - 10pm (last
    of nuisance birds, Corporate Event packages,                                                           booking 9pm). We cater for all ages starting at                                                     20
    TV - Film - Advertising - Promotions,                                                                  4 years and up.
    Photography workshops, Art workshops -
    professional artist if required.
     Festivals & Events                     2011
                                            January                                   March
                                            15 Saturday                               2 Wednesday
                                            A Game of Two Halves (Trad Music)         Brendan Grace (Comedy)
                                            21 Friday                                 4 Friday
                                            I, Elizabeth (Theatre)                    Terpsycordes Quartet (Classical)
                                            27 Thursday                               5 Saturday
                                            Cara O’Sullivan (Classical Music)         Pasquale (Opera)
                                            Solstice Arts Centre, Navan               11 Friday
                                            T +353 (0) 46 909 2300                    The Three Tenors (Music)
                                                   13 Sunday
                                                                                      Snow White & the 7 Dwarfs (Puppetry)
                                            30 Sunday                                 24 Mar - 6 May
                                            Wedding Fair                              Charles Tyrrell (Visual Arts Exhibition)
                                            Ashbourne Marriott Hotel, Ashbourne       30 - 31 Wednesday - Thursday
                                            T +353 (0) 1 835 0800                     Same Old Moon (Theatre)
                                                   Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
                                                                                      T +353 (0) 46 909 2300
                                            1 - 2 Tuesday - Wednesday
                                            National Hunt Sales                       12 Saturday
                                            Tattersalls, Ratoath                      National Tree Week (talks & walks)
                                            T +353 (0) 1 886 4300                     13 Sunday
                                                          Mad as a March Hare Day
                                                                                      Battle of the Boyne
                                            3 Thursday                                T +353 (0) 41 980 9950
                                            Spring Engagement & Wedding     
                                            Showcase Evening
                                            CityNorth Hotel                           11 -17 Friday - Thursday
                                            T +353 (0) 1 690 6666                     Trim Celtic Festival
                                                      Trim, Co. Meath

                                            4 - 6 Friday - Sunday                     17 Thursday
                                            Imbolc Weekend Beyond the Blarney         Navan Shamrock Festival
                                            Oldcastle                                 Kells St. Patrick’s Festival
                                            T +353 (0) 87 151 1511                    Athboy St. Patrick’s Day Parade
                                                     Slane St. Patrick’s Day Parade
                                                                                      Ashbourne St. Patrick’s Day Parade
                                            5 Saturday                                Oldcastle St. Patrick’s Day Parade
                                            Wedding Open Day (1 - 6pm)                Ratoath St. Patrick’s Day Parade
                                            Station House Hotel, Kilmessan
                                            T +353 (0) 46 902 5239                    20 - 22 Sunday - Tuesday 6.15am
                                                   Loughcrew Equinox Dawn
                                                                                      Loughcrew, Co. Meath
                                            6 Sunday                                  T +53 (0) 41 9880 300
                                            Siamsoir na Mi
                                            An Bradán Feasa, Rathcairn, Athboy        23 Wednesday
                                            T +353 (0) 46 943 2381                    Rachel Allen
                                                           Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dunboyne
                                                                                      T +353 (0) 1 801 3500
                                            10 Thursday                     
                                            Flow (Exhibition) with Patrick
                                            Fitzgerald, Mette Roche, Deirdre Rogers   April
                                            11 Friday                                 3 Sunday
                                            My Life in Dresses (Theatre)              Neil Delamere
                                            12 Saturday                               7 - 17 Thursday - Sunday
        Continuous Events                   Eddi Reader (Music)                       Nunsense (Musical)
                                            13 Sunday                                 20 - 21 Wednesday - Thursday
                                            Zoe Rahman Trio (Jazz)                    Moment (Theatre)
        Every Month                         17 - 20 & 24 - 27                         Solstice Arts Centre, Navan
                                            Beauty and the Beast Panto                T +353 (0) 46 909 2300
        Solstice Arts Centre                Solstice Arts Centre, Navan     
        Railway St, Navan                   T +353 (0) 46 909 2300
        T +353 (0) 46 909 2300                     23 - 25 Saturday - Monday
        E                                                  Easter Egg Fun Weekend
                                            13 Sunday                                 Newgrange Farm, Slane           Ras na hEireann
        New events every month -                                                      T +353 (0) 41 982 4119
                                            Battle of the Boyne             
        check web for details.              T +353 (0) 41 980 9950
                                                     25 Monday
        Sonairte Ecology Centre                                                       Easter Bunny Secret House
        Laytown                             17 Thursday                               Grove Gardens, Fordstown, Kells
        T +353 (0) 41 982 7572              Spring into Fashion                       T +353 (0) 46 943 4276
        E                 Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dunboye     T +353 (0) 86 199 0341                    28 Thursday
                                                                                      Flat Breeze Up Sale
        The Venue Theatre                   TBC                                       Tattersalls, Ratoath
        Ratoath                             Kells Comedy Festival                     T +353 (0) 1 886 4300
        T +353 (0) 1689 5600                The Headfort Arms Hotel, Kells                        T 353 (0) 46 924 0063
                                                      29 Apr - 2 May
                                                                                      Bealtaine Festival - Beyond The
                                            Every Friday (throughout the year)        Blarney
                                            Country & Western                         Oldcastle
                                            20 Sunday                                 T +353 (0) 87 151 1511
         Festivals 2011                     Wedding Fair                    
                                            27 Sunday
         For further details on events      Craft and Food Fair                       30 Apr - 1 May
         please visit   Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dunboyne           Oldbridge Country Fair
21                                          T +353 (0) 1 801 3500                     Battle of the Boyne
                                                 T +353 (0) 41 980 9950
May                                         19 Sunday                                28 July - 1 Aug                         30 Friday
                                            Scurlogstown Olympiad                    Le Cheile Oldcastle Festival            Bru na Boinne Solstice Draw
1 - 31 Sunday - Tuesday
                                            (Traditional Haymaking Festival)         Oldcastle                               Donore
Bealtaine Festival
                                            High Nellie Tour Date TBA, Trim          T +353 (0) 46 904 3920
Meath County Council Arts Office                                                                   30 Sept - 2 Oct
                                            T +353 (0) 86 857 5618
T +353 (0) 46 909 7000                                                                                                       O'Carolan Harp Cultural & Heritage Fest.
                                                                                    August                                  Nobber & Environs
                                            23 - 24 Thursday - Friday                                                        T +353 (0) 46 905 2115
1 Sunday                                                                             Every Monday Wednesday & Friday
                                            Derby Sale
Fairy and Elf Fair                                                                   Causey Open Day                         October
                                            Tattersalls, Ratoath
Causey Farm, Fordstown, Kells                                                        2 - 5 and 9 - 12 and 16 - 19
                                            T +353 (0) 1 886 4300                                                            1 - 2 Saturday-Sunday
T +353 (0) 46 9434135                                                                Week in the Wild
                                                                                                 Elite Event Horse Sale                                                                        13 Saturday
                                            25 - 26 Saturday - Sunday                Traditional Music Evening at Causey     Tattersalls, Ratoath
1 Sunday                                    Turas Anair & Family Day                 Causey Farm, Fordstown, Kells           T +353 (0) 1 886 4300
Point to Point & Horses in Training Sale    An Bradán Feasa, Rathcairn, Athboy       T +353 (0) 46 943 4135        
26 - 29 Thursday - Sunday                   T +353 (0) 46 943 2381         
Tattersalls International Horse Trials                                                                                       14 - 16 Friday - Sunday
                                                          5 - 7 Friday - Sunday                   Eigse Dharach Ui Chathain, Sean Nos
Tattersalls, Ratoath
T +353 (0) 1 886 4300                       26 Sunday                                AIB Ladies Irish Open Kileen Castle     Singing Festival                          Craft and Food Fair                      Kileen Castle                           An Bradán Feasa, Rathcairn, Athboy
                                            Dunboyne Castle Hotel, Dunboyne               T +353 (0) 46 943 2381
5 - 8 Thursday - Sunday                     T +353 (0) 1 801 3500                                                  
Navan Choral Festival                                                                9 - 10 Tuesday - Wednesday
                                                August N.H Sale                         21 - 31 Friday - Monday
Navan - vaious venues
T +353 (0) 87 244 3739                      30 June - 3 July Thursday - Sunday       Tattersalls, Ratoath                    Spirits of Meath Halloween Festival                 Trim Swift Festival                      T +353 (0) 1 886 4300                   All around Co Meath
7 Saturday (call to confirm date)           T +353 (0) 87 926 8066
Family Tree Day                                                                      14 Sunday                               22 Oct - 1 Nov
                                                  Moynalty Steam Threshing Festival       Farmaphobia at Causey Farm
Newgrange Farm, Newgrange, Slane
T +353 (0) 41 982 4119                                                               Moynalty                                Spooks & Spells at Causey Farm
                                            30 June - 3 July                                                                T +353 (0) 46 924 4390                  Causey Farm, Navan
                                            Kells Heritage Festival
                                                                                     E                 T +353 (0) 46 943 4135
8 Sunday                                    T +353 (0) 46 924 0683                                                 
                                                                                     20 - 28 Saturday - Sunday
Dunderry Fair Day                                    Heritage Week                           22 - 31
Dunderry, Navan
                                                                                     Events all around Co. Meath             Halloween Spooktacular
14 Saturday                                 July                                                       Children’s Friendly Witch Event
Middle Distance Triathlon                   3 Sunday                                                                         Grove Gardens, Fordstown, Kells
Lough Lene, Collinstown, Oldcastle                                                   20 Saturday (call to confirm date)
                                            Kells Market Day                                                                 T +353 (0) 46 943 4276
T +353 (0) 86 819 9726                                                               Scarecrow Competition Day
                                            Kells                                                                     Newgrange Farm, Newgrange, Slane        28 - 31 Friday - Monday
                                            T +353 (0) 85 1636 453
                                                                                     T +353 (0) 41 982 4119                  Samhain Weekend Beyond the Blarney
15 Sunday                                   3 Sunday                                          Oldcastle
Nobber Fair Day                             Celebration for St. Oliver Plunkett at                                           T +353 (0) 087 151 1511
Nobber                                      Loughcrew Gardens, Oldcastle                                           
                                                                                     Lady Well Fete at Slane Castle
15 Sunday                                   T +353 (0) 49 854 1356                   Slane
                                                                                                  31 Monday
ALMC Performance Car Show                                                            T +353 (0) 87 909 1640                  Halloween Craft & Food Fair
Gormanston                                  6 13 20 27                                                                       Dunboyne
T +353 (0) 86 234 1345                                                               September
                                            Tara Lecture Series                                                              T +353 (0) 1 801 3500                                 Hill of Tara                             3 Saturday                    
                                            T +353 (0) 41 988 0300                   Kells Pink Ribbon Walk
20 May - 30 June
                                                                                     Kells                                   November
Meath Tourism & OPW Photography             8 - 9 Friday - Saturday                  T +353 (0) 87 984 4724                  7 - 11 Monday - Friday
Competition ‘The Heritage of Meath’         Loughcrew Garden Opera - Die                      November N.H Sale
4 May Entry closing date                    Fledermaus
Exhibition at Brú na Bóinne Visitor                                                  4 Sunday                                12 - 13 Saturday - Sunday
                                            Loughcrew House, Oldcastle,
Centre                                                                               Royal Meath Agricultural Show           November Breeders Flat Sale
                                            T +353 (0) 49 854 1356
T +353 (0) 46 909 7060                                                               Kilmessan                               Tattersalls, Ratoath
                                                                                                    T +353 (0) 46 902 5599                  T +353 (0) 1 886 4300
                                            Every Monday Wednesday & Friday             
June                                        Causey Open Day                          10 Saturday                             19 - 20 Saturday - Sunday
3 - 6 Friday - Monday                       13 & 15 Wednesday & Friday               Sprint Distance Triathlon               Feile na Mi, (Song & Dance Compet.)
Blue Jean Country Queen Festival            Family Fun Day                           Navan town Centre                       An Bradán Feasa, Rathcairn
Athboy                                      Causey Farm, Fordstown, Kells            T +353 (0) 86 819 9726                  T +353 (0) 46 943 2381
T +353 (0) 86 288 7621                      T +353 (0) 46 943 4135                                     
                                                                                     20 - 21 Tuesday - Wednesday             December
TBC                                         15 - 17 Friday - Sunday                  September Yearling Sale
Farmfest at Causey - Comedy, Ceile, Trad    International Kells Road Races           Tattersalls, Ratoath                    1 - 24
Session, Live Bands,Charity Event           Fairgreen Extravaganza                   T +353 (0) 1 886 4300                   Santa’s Village
Causey Farm, Fordstown, Kells               Kells                                                Grove Gardens, Fordstown, Kells
T +353 (0) 46 943 4135                      T +353 (0) 87 228 9958                                                           T +353 (0) 46 943 4276                                        20 - 21 Tuesday - Wednesday             E
                                                                                     The PING Junior Solheim Cup
11 - 12 Saturday - Sunday                   16 Jul - 20 Aug                          Knightsbrook Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort   3 - 23
Ballivor Horse Show                         Craft in Action-Arts and Craft Fair      T +353 (0) 46 948 2100                  Causey Christmas Experience
Ballivor                                    Brú na Bóinne, Visitor Centre, Donore                    Causey Farm, Fordstown, Kells
T +353 (0) 046 954 6054                     T +353 (0) 41 988 0300                                                           T +353 (0) 46 943 4135
                                                        20 - 22 Tuesday - Thursday 7.15am
18 Saturday                                                                          Loughcrew Equinox Dawn
Oiche Fheile San Seain & Tine Chnamh -      17 Sunday                                Loughcrew, Oldcastle                    21 Wednesday
(St. Johns Eve Festival - Mass & Bonfire)   Trim Vintage Car Rally                   T +353 (0) 41 988 0300                  Winter Solstice at Newgrange
An Bradán Feasa, Rathcairn, Athboy          Trim                                                                             Bru na Boinne/ Newgrange
                                                                                     23 - 25 Friday - Sunday
T +353 (0) 46 943 2381                      T +353 (0) 87 763 7030                                                           T +353 (0) 41 988 0300
                                                                                     The 2011 Solheim Cup                 
                                                                                     Kileen Castle                           TBC
18 Sunday                                   29 Jul - 1 Aug                           T +353 (0) 1 689 3000                   Dunboyne Castle Hotel Christmas Fair
A Musical Eve in the Walled Garden          Lughnasa Weekend Beyond the Blarney                  Dunboyne
Battle of the Boyne Site                                                                                                     T +353 (0) 1 801 3500
                                            Oldcastle                                29 Thursday
T +353 (0) 41 980 9950                      T +353 (0) 087 151 1511                                                
                                                                                     Astronomy Evening                             Battle of the Boyne
                                                                                     T +353 (0) 041 980 9950
                                 Seamus Cassidy                                 Colette Gough
                                 Woodturner & Cabinetmaker                      6 Beechmount Lawns, Navan,
                                 The Carthouse, Gilltown,                       Co. Meath
                                 Beauparc, Navan, Co. Meath                     Tel +353 (0) 46 907 4429
                                 Tel/Fax +353 (0) 41 982 5032                   Mobile +353 (0) 87 615 2514
                                 Mobile +353 (0) 86 871 0710
                                 E seamuscassidy01@
                                                  Available by appointment only
                                                    Freehand ink drawings on canvas using a
                                 Available Tue-Sat 10am-6pm                     rich gamut of colour. Traditional and con-
                                 Unique furniture commissions in a              temporary celtic designs inspired by ‘The
                                 contemporary style, artistic and functional    Book of Kells’. Also figurative illustrations
                                 woodturned and sculptural forms available      based on Irish myth and legend.
                                 from own studio-gallery 5 minutes drive        Commissions taken.
                                 from Brú na Bóinne (Newgrange).
                                                                                Paul Haggins
                                 Thomas Diem Pottery                            Celtic Stonecarving
                                 Milltown, Dublin Road, Ashbourne,              Donore Road, Drogheda, Co. Meath
                                 Co Meath                                       Tel +353 (0) 86 348 4548
                                 Tel/Fax +353 (0) 1 835 9083                    E
                                                   Paul Patrick Haggins has been working with
                                                    stone for over 25 yrs and has travelled to
                                 Available Mon-Fri 9am-6pm                      many countries around the world carving and
                                 Sat-Sun by appointment                         gaining experience. The time spent learning
                                                                                from other cultures has made him appreciate
                                 Contemporary and traditional ceramic
                                 giftware. Simple forms and vibrant colours     our own culture and the arts left by our
                                 combine to give a unique look. The studio is   ancestors
                                 open to the public and work is also
                                 available in craft and design outlets
                                 throughout Ireland.

                           Colette Gough                                        Betty Newman Maguire

                                  A finely crafted work of beauty
                                  The Tara brooch and the Book of Kells are only two of the
                                  best known examples of the long tradition of crafts excellence
                                  in Meath. Today Meath’s craftspeople work with a variety of
                                  materials including precious metals, stone, wood and fabrics
                                  and within a more earthly price bracket. The philosophy is still
                                  the same - to create something of unique and lasting beauty, to
                                  be treasured and passed on from generation to generation.


     Thomas Diem Pottery
    IrelandUpClose Fine Art Landscape                   Jan Muyllaert, Instrument Maker
    Photography                                         Ardbraccan, Navan, Co. Meath
    32 Castle Hill, Slane, Co. Meath                                                                Geoghegans                                          Town Jewellers Ltd.
                                                        Tel +353 (0) 46 902 9722
    Tel +353 (0) 86 605 8190                                                                        23/24 Trimgate Street, Navan, Meath                 Trimgate Street, Navan, Co. Meath
    E                                                                       Larry Geoghegan                                     Tel/ Fax +353 (0) 46 902 3777
                                                                                                                            Extensive range of gold and silver Celtic                                                                          Tel +353 (0) 46 902 1722
                                                        Available by appointment                                                                        jewellery. Stocking a wide range of Irish
    Robert and Cathy Ardill offer one-on-one                                                        Fax +353 (0) 46 902 3110
    and group workshops on all aspects of               Jan Muyllaert has been making stringed      E                                giftware including Newbridge Silver, Irish
    Landscape Photography, from shooting in             instruments for over 30 years. His Irish                                                        Dresden, Galway Crystal, Genesis Fine Art
    the field, composition, development and             harps are known world wide for their                                                            and much more.
                                                                                                    Department Store with an extensive range
    printing to the choice of equipment and the         quality and sound. Native Irish wood is
                                                                                                    of quality clothes for men and women,               Kells Chamber of Commerce
    evaluation of your kit using professional test      used. Carving and inlay work also
                                                        carried out on items other than             household textiles including Irish linen &          Maudlin Road, Kells, Co. Meath
    equipment. Please contact Robert if you
    are interested or check out                         instruments.                                tableware.                                          Tel +353 (0) 46 924 0055 where training                                                                                                               Fax +353 (0) 46 924 0081
    sessions are listed from time to time.                                                          Harvest Home Bakery                                 E
                                                        Deirdre Rogers
                                                        Contemporary Glass & Design                 18 Market St, Trim, Co. Meath             
    Betty Newman Maguire                                Monktown, Garlow Cross,                     Tel +353 (0) 46 943 6660                            To develop the tourism potential of the
    Tearmann Artist Studios                             Navan                                       E                             historical and cultural aspects of Kells
    Castlekeeran, Carnaross, Kells                      Tel +353 (0) 46 902 6610                                      and the surrounding area.
    Tel +353 (0) 46 924 5915                            E                 Family run bakery producing a selection of
    E                                        fresh breads, scones, pastries and                  Oldcastle Chamber of Commerce                                                  celebration cakes on site every day to a wide       Cogan Street, Oldcastle, Co. Meath
    Available by appointment only                       Available by appointment only               spread community. Also a wide selection of          Tel/ Fax +353 (0) 49 854 1138
    Artist /Sculptor creating large and small scale     Interior, exterior, functional and sculp-   celebration cakes for every occasion made           E
    fine art and craftwork in bronze and mixed          tural glass pieces, handmade and            fresh to order. Please browse our website.
    media. Private and public commissions.              designed especially for each client.                                                            Oldcastle Chamber of Commerce was set up
                                                        Awards and presentation pieces are a        Navan Town Centre                                   in 2007 to develop the economic needs of
                                                        speciality.                                 Kennedy Road, Navan, Co. Meath                      Oldcastle and our surrounding area. The
                                                                                                    Tel +353 (0) 46 902 8489                            Oldcastle Chamber of Commerce is a
                                                                                                                                                        voluntary organisation.We wish to make our
                                                                                                    Fax +353 (0) 46 902 8490
                                                                                                                                                        community in the Oldcastle area a better
                                                                                                                                                        place in which to live, work & conduct
                                                                                                                        business.Office Hours: Monday - Friday
                                                                                                    Navan Town Centre pumping life into the             9:00am - 6:00pm
                                                                                                    heart of the entire North East is situated in the
                                                                                                    centre of the Boyne Valley region. With 70
                                                                                                                                                        Trim Chamber of Commerce
                                                                                                    retail units including Tesco, Dunnes Stores,
                                                                                                    Vera Moda, River Island, Boots, Heatons and
                                                                                                                                                        Market Square, Trim, Co. Meath
                                                                                                    Penney’s. Gift shops, 8 unique ladies fashions,     Tel +353 (0) 46 948 1722
                                                                                                    specialist shops, cinemas and much more.            E
                                                                                                    1,200 car park spaces. Call in and see us.
                                                                                                                                                        Trim Chamber of Commerce works to
                                                                                                                                                        develop Trim for tourism through its
                                                                                                    The Ryan Vine Wine Shop
                                                                                                                                                        involvement in organising events and other
                                                                                                    & Off Licence
                                                                                                                                                        tourism initiatives.
                                                                                                    22 Trimgate Street, Navan, Meath
                                                                                                    Tel +353 (0) 46 902 1154
                                                                                                    Award winning wine shop and off licence
                                                                                                    with an impressive selection of wines and
                                                                                                    champagnes, wine club and monthly

Jan Muyllaert                                         Ireland Up Close Fine Art


   Seamus Cassidy Woodturner                                                                         Geoghegans
                       A bed fit for a King in the Royal
                       Accommodation in Meath offers a variety of choice for visitors.
                       With luxurious hotels and guesthouses, first class bed and
                       breakfast homes, old heritage style houses, self catering cottages
                       and hostels, there is something to appeal to all tastes and
                       needs. Quality leisure centres and state of the art conference
                       facilities are a feature of many hotels and many sporting and
                       leisure amenities are available close to all accommodation types.
                       Wherever you choose to stay in Meath you may be assured of
                       exceptional standards of quality and service and a genuine
                       interest in your enjoyment of your chosen destination.

                          Next time you plan an event,
                          conference, team-building
                          weekend, seminar, company
                          fun day, or indeed a restful
                          getaway, check out Meath as
                          your new location on


Knightsbrook Hotel
                                                            Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa                       Knightsbrook Hotel, Spa & Golf Resort              The Station House Hotel
                                                            Dunboyne, Co. Meath                               Dublin Road, Trim, Co. Meath                       Kilmessan, Co. Meath
      Ashbourne Marriott Hotel
                                                            Tel +353 (0) 1 801 3500                           Tel +353 (0) 46 948 2100                           Tel 353 (0) 46 902 5239
      The Rath, Ashbourne, Co. Meath
      Tel +353 (0) 1 835 0800                               E                    Fax +353 (0) 46 948 2055                           Fax +353 (0) 46 902 5588
      E                                       E                            E                             Set in the historical village of Dunboyne.                     
      This uber-chic hotel boasts 148 luxurious bed-        This restored former home to the Lord of          Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort promises a        Fáilte Ireland *** AA hotel set in own
      rooms, a health and leisure club called Clann         Dunboyne now offers sophisticated modern          combination of luxury and modern sophisti-         grounds with 20 rooms ensuite
      Fitness & Leisure, restaurant called Grill            luxury for your enjoyment. With a location        cation. Set in 186 acres of rolling parkland,      including a converted signal box at old
      Twenty One, a modern bar called Red Bar &             convenient to both the airport and Dublin’s       Knightsbrook Hotel and Golf Resort offers a        converted railway station. Recent awards
      Lounge and conference facilities for 500 with         city centre, yet nestled in the heart of          contemporary new 4 star hotel with 131             include RAC Dining Award, Leading Hotels
      complimentary WIFI access throughout the              Co.Meath. This hotel boasts magnificent           bedrooms including 12 suites, health club, 17      Best Restaurant Award, AA Rosette,
      hotel. The hotel is ideally situated in               gardens, large conference and banqueting          suite Spa, championship golf course designed       Georgina Campbell Ireland Guide, The
      Ashbourne which is 30 minutes from Dublin             facilities and an exclusive spa. Our award        by Christy O’Connor Jnr conference facilities      Michelin Guide, Lucinda O’ Sullivan Guide,
      Airport and is in close proximity to County           winning suites include spacious and func-         for up to 1100 delegates and 28 luxurious          Feile Bia Featured on RTE's Open House &
      Meath's attractions.                                  tional Executive Suites and a fine Presidential   holiday homes. Located only 35 minutes             TG4's Bia's Bóthar.
                                                            Suite for those extra special occasions.          from Dublin in the heritage town of Trim.
                                                                                                              Knightsbrook Hotel, Spa and Golf Resort is
                                                                                                              honored to play the Host Venue to the
                                                                                                              “PING Junior Solheim Cup from the 20th to
                                                                                                              the 21st September 2011”.

    Station House Hotel                                        Headfort Arms Hotel                                                           Trim Castle Hotel         Newgrange Hotel

      ****CityNorth Hotel M1                                Headfort Arms Hotel                               The Newgrange Hotel                                Trim Castle Hotel
      Gormanston Co. Meath                                  Kells, Co. Meath                                  Navan, Co. Meath                                   Trim, Co. Meath
      Tel +353 (0) 1 690 6666                               Tel +353 (0) 46 924 0063                          Tel +353 (0) 46 907 4100                           Tel +353 (0) 46 948 3000
      E                             Fax +353 (0) 46 924 0587                          Fax +353 (0) 46 907 3977                           E                                E                            E                 
      Located midway between the famous Boyne                                                        Trim Castle Hotel sits with quiet authority
      Valley Region and Dublin City Centre,                 National Gold Medal Award Winner for              Located in the centre of Navan Town.               overlooking the mystical Trim Castle and the
      CityNorth lies just 20 minutes north of Dublin        2010, this family owned & managed hotel           Private car parking. Just 30 minutes from          adjoining rolling lawns of St. Patricks
      Airport (exit at Jcn 7 on the M1) with a number       offers a true Irish Experience in the heritage    Dublin. The hotel boasts 62 luxurious              Church. This stunning but contemporary
      of fascinating 'lesser explored' itineraries and      town of Kells, the perfect base to discover       bedrooms. Additional facilities include            four star hotel offers superb accommodation
      family entertainment options available to enjoy.      the Boyne Valley. This listed building has 45     Conference & Banqueting suites, private car        in the beautiful heritage town of Trim. A
      Open since Dec 2006, the hotel offers an              bespoke bedrooms with all modern facilities.      parking, the Bridge Restaurant, Ruxton’s           perfect tourist destination but also the ideal
      inviting stylish interior, fresh decor and compli-    Also included is the Award Winning Vanilla        Café, The Club Lounge & Rowley’s bar with          venue for a conference or special wedding
      mentary amenities such as a cosy heritage             Pod Restaurant, all day Café, Headfort Spa,       live entertainment Thursday - Saturday.            day. Stunning rooftop garden, 68 bedrooms,
      lounge with over 100 reference books to enjoy         traditional Kelltic Piano Bar & Headfort                                                             conference facilities, cafe, restaurant, bar
      with a relaxing cup of coffee, toddlers play area,    Lounge with open fire. The hotel hosts a                                                             and complimentary parking. Live music
      children’s games room & pool table, 'Lavender         facsimile edition of the Book of Kells, also                                                         every weekend.
      suite' for beauty & massage treatments, hi tech       renowned for it’s packages with Headfort
      fitness suite & 24 hr courtesy Airport coach.         Golf Club & local visitor attractions.
      Guests can avail of a public coach service which
      calls directly to CityNorth Hotel (14 times daily -
      7 days) and transfers to the historic town of
      Drogheda, Dublin city centre and some of the
      local coastal villages (small supplement applies).


CityNorth Hotel                                              Ashbourne Marriott Hotel                                Dunboyne Castle Hotel                                                      CityNorth Hotel
                                                                                                                                                                            Ashbourne Marriott Hotel
                     Navan                                                Trim
                     Bed & Breakfast                                      Bed & Breakfast
                     Hill of Tara B&B                                     Crannmor Guesthouse
                     Hil of Tara, Co. Meath                               Dunderry Road, Trim, Co. Meath
                     Tel +353 (0) 46 902 5296                             Anne O’Regan
                     Located on the Hill of Tara with beautiful           Tel +353 (0) 46 943 1635
                     views. 10km from Navan town off the N3.              Fax +353 (0) 46 943 8087
                     Teach Tailteann
                     Telltown, Navan, Co. Meath
                     Tel +353 (0) 46 902 3239                             Georgian Country House with gardens on the
                     Mobile +353 (0) 87 6659 022                          outskirts of Trim "Heritage Town”, Convenient
                                                                          to Golf, fishing and Boyne Valley. Marc O’Regan
                     A 17th Century Country house situated on a
                                                                          is a qualified Fishing Guide. Approx 45 minutes
                     historical site overlooking River Blackwater.
                                                                          to Dublin Airport.
                     Situated close to where the historical
                     Tailteann Games were held. Convenient to
                                                                          Tigh Cathain B&B
                     all heritage sites and tourist attractions,
                                                                          Longwood Road, Trim, Co. Meath
                     easily accessible from Kells and Navan.
                                                                          Tel/Fax +353 (0) 46 943 1996
                     The Yellow House B&B                                 E
                     1 Springfield Glen, Dublin Road,           
                     Navan, Co. Meath                                     A Tudor style country house 1 km from Trim
                     Tel /Fax +353 (0) 46 907 3338                        Castle on the R160. 40 minutes to Dublin
                     E                             Airport. Large luxury ensuite rooms. Secure
                                           private parking.
                     Spacious detached house located beside the           White Lodge
                     famous River Boyne on the R147 Two min-
                                                                          Lackanash, New Road, Trim, Meath
                     utes walk from Ardboyne Hotel with full bar
                                                                          Tel +353 (0) 46 943 6549/943 7697
                     and restaurant facilities. Free wifi for guests.
                     Within walking distance of Navan bus stop
                                                                          Fax +353 (0) 46 943 6549
                     to Dublin. Home cooking a speciality.                E
                     Parking available.                         
                     .                                                    Town house - 5 mins walk to the Castle - 6
                                                                          ensuite bedrooms, TV, Coffee/Tea, free inter-
                     Self Catering                                        net. Free private parking. Walking distance of
                     Decoy Country Cottages                               all locations in Trim. Airport only 40 mins.
                     Award winning 4 star Luxury Self
                     Catering Accommodation & Day Spa                     Guesthouses
                     Garlow Cross, Navan, Co. Meath
                                                                          Brogan’s Licensed Guesthouse
                     Tel +353 (0) 46 902 6960
                                                                          High Street, Trim, Co. Meath
                     Fax +353 (0) 46 902 6961
                                                                          Tel +353 (0) 46 943 1237
                                                                          Fax +353 (0) 46 943 7648
                     A converted stable mews restored to the    
                     highest standard in a peaceful and tranquil          Built nearly 2 centuries ago using much of
                     setting. Accommodation ranges in size from           the stone from Trim Castle, it boasts 17 of the
                     1,2,3 or 4 bedrooms. Fantastic location close to     most tastefully decorated modern en-suite guest
                     Tara & Newgrange, yet Dublin only 30 mins.           rooms, state of the art restaurant and cosy bar
                     Facilities incl.: indoor /outdoor play area, games   and lounge.
                     room, relaxation room, gym, day spa, under-
                     floor heating, satellite TV. Some cottages with      Highfield House
                     Jacuzzi bath, BBQ, boules, enclosed courtyard        Maudlins Road, Trim, Co. Meath
                     garden, baby equipment, & extra fold up bed          Geraldine Duignan
                     avail. Babysitting avail, Weekly rates from          Tel +353 (0) 46 943 6386
                     €450. Shorter breaks & rates on request.             Fax +353 (0) 46 943 8182
                     Millrace Lodge                                       Highfield Guesthouse is a beautiful period
                     Old Road, Athlumney, Navan, Meath                    residence/ historical building overlooking Trim
                     Tel +353 (0) 46 902 8222                             Castle and the River Boyne, 30 mins from
                                                                          Newgrange, 40 mins from Dublin Airport.
                     Fax +353 (0) 46 907 5222
                                                                          Self Catering
                                                                          Beechwood Lodge Self Catering
                     High quality budget accommodation. 21 bed-           Readstown, Trim, Co. Meath
                     rooms double/single, twin, family and dorm           Tel/Fax +353 (0) 46 943 6926
                     rooms. Prices from €20. Just 1km from                E
                     Navan, offering excellent facilities including TV
                     lounge, TV in all bedrooms, laundry and dry-         Swift & Delacy - Wellington- Rustic location
                     ing facilities, towel hire, secure car and coach     on 30 acres, private parking. 2 storey homes, 4
                     park, secure bicycle area, luggage storage, wifi     star approved with tennis, sauna, angling facili-
                     and internet access. Groups and independent          ties. Sleeps 4.
                     travellers catered for.                              Pine - Sycamore -Chestnut - Bungalow style
                                                                          luxury homes, large decked veranda overlook-
                                                                          ing tennis court and country views in all direc-
                                                                          tions. Underfloor heating for extra comfort.
                                                                          Private parking, close to Dublin airport and
                                                                          city. Sleeps 7.
Kiltale Holiday Homes                              Slane                                             Drumconrath / Nobber                             Duffy’s of Ballybin
Kiltale, Dunsany, Co. Meath                                                                                                                           Ashbourne, Co. Meath
Tel/Fax +353 (0) 46 943 6679                       Guesthouses                                       Self Catering                                    Tel +353 (0) 87 698 2495
E                               Dalys of Donore                                   Rathgillan Farm                                  E                          Donore, Co. Meath                                 Nobber, Co. Meath                      
Kiltale House, Cottage, The Loft/Stable/ Dairy     Tel +353 (0) 41 982 3252                          Tel +353 (0) 46 905 2478                         Offering the best of both worlds. The apart-
Award winning self catering accommodation          E                          Tel +353 (0) 87 207 6661                         ments are located in a quiet secluded yard,
with all modern conveniences. Ideal for                                                                                surrounded by countryside, but within easy
families where you can meet a range of             Ideally located just five minutes from the his-                                                    reach of local towns, for shopping and leisure.
animals, milk the goats, feed the lambs, even
                                                   toric Newgrange burial chamber monument                                                            Downtown Dublin is less than 45 mins away
ride the donkeys and ponies. Well equipped                                                           Rathgillan House is a large renovated stone
                                                   and adjacent heritage centre. The on-site                                                          and it is only a 20 min drive to the airport.
playground and playhouse. Angling facilities                                                         barn situated on 125 acre working cattle
                                                   Newgrange Steakhouse and Fish Restaurant,
on site. On bus route to Dublin city. Private      offers a delicious choice of traditional or
                                                                                                     farm. Rathgillan Lodge is a renovated stone      Gaulstown House Courtyard
parking, farm tour on request, close to Dublin     European dishes, or for a more casual lunch,
                                                                                                     cottage. Both properties date from 1850 and      Apartments
airport, Sleeps 3, 4, 6 or 7.                      guests can choose from a bar menu.
                                                                                                     are renovated to the highest standards with      Dunshaughlin, Co. Meath
                                                                                                     wood burning stoves, solar panels and oil        Tel/Fax +353 (0) 1 825 9147
                                                   Self Catering                                     central heating. Enjoy beautiful views of the    E
Kells                                                                                                surrounding countryside with walkways  
                                                   Balrath House                                     throughout the farm. Located 1 km from the
Bed & Breakfast                                    Balrath, Navan, Co. Meath                                                                          This exclusive and unique 4 star apartments in
                                                                                                     pretty village of Nobber and 1 hours drive       a converted stone faced barn on a working
Avalon                                             Tel +353 (0) 41 982 5749                          from Dublin. Pets welcome.                       farm beside the N3. Only 24 km from Dublin.
5 Headford Park, Kells, Co. Meath                  E
                                                                                                                                                      Open all year. Weekly or shorter lets.
Terry Nallen                                                       The Quoin Stone & The Arch Court
Tel +353 (0) 46 924 1536                           There are four cottages to choose from each       Drumconrath, Navan, Co. Meath
E                              offering something unique, decorated to           Tel +353 (0) 41 685 4162                         The Coast                                 modern living while still maintaining features    Tel +353 (0) 87 3251651
                                                   of its past. The Coachhouse sleeps six, the
                                                                                                                                                      Bed & Breakfast
Luxury townhouse accommodation in quiet                                                              E
                                                   stables sleeps four and the Forge and Dairy                                                        Beach Lodge B&B
cul-de-sac 3 mins walk to Kells Heritage                                                             An old stone coach house converted into two
                                                   sleep 2. The estate is an ideal location for                                                       15 Golf Links Road, Bettystown
Centre, bus stop & Headfort Arms Hotel and                                                           4 star self-catering properties. The Quoin
                                                   walking and offers splendid views.                                                                 Ann McIvor
town centre. Daily bus service to and from                                                           Stone has 3 bedrooms and The Arch Court
                                                                                                                                                      Tel +353 (0) 41 988 7866
Dublin Airport every 2 hrs, only 1 hr from         Slane Farm Cottages                               has 2 bedrooms, in a village setting within
airport. Ideally located for touring the Boyne     Harlinstown, Slane, Co. Meath                     walking distance from shops and pubs. Very
Valley Newgrange, Tara, Trim & Loughcrew.          Tel +353 (0) 41 9824 390/988 4985                 suitable for walking, cycling or angling. 20
                                                                                                                                                      Luxurious family run B&B. All rooms ensuite
All rooms en suite with tea/coffee and TV/         Fax +353 (0) 41 988 4985                          minutes to Slane and Newgrange. 45 minutes
                                                                                                                                                      and very spacious. Amenities include golf,
Wheelchair access in downstairs room;              E                      from Dublin Airport and 10 mins from the M1.
                                                                                                                                                      tennis, beach, horseriding, walking. 20 mins
walking distance to the splendid Headfort                                                                          from Dublin airport.
golf course. Private parking.                      Award winning 4 star cottages converted           Ashbourne /
                                                   from old farm buildings into luxury               Dunshaughlin / Enfield                           Guesthouses
Teach Cuailgne                                     accommodation.
Carlanstown, Kells, Co. Meath                                                                        Guesthouses                                      Rannoch Guesthouse
Peggy O’Reilly                                                                                                                                        Bettystown, Co. Meath
                                                   Tankardstown "Unbridled luxury"                   Aisling Guesthouse                               Tel +353 (0) 41 982 7469
Tel +353 (0) 46 924 6621                           Tankardstown House, Rathkenny,                    Dublin Road, Baltrasna, Ashbourne
E                                                                                                                              E
                                                   Co. Meath                                         Tel +353 (0) 1 835 0359                                              Tel +353 (0) 41 98 24621                          Fax +353 (0) 1 835 3480                          Located on the seafront overlooking the beau-
A specialist B&B , with an up to date              E
                                                                                                     E                      tiful beaches of Laytown and Bettystown in Co.
knowledge of golf, and angling activities.
                                                                                                                    Meath. Our family owned and run guesthouse
Tee times and equipment arranged on                Tankardstown has 7 self contained cottages
                                                                                                     Only 2 mins from Ashbourne’s main street, 5      offers a spectacular seaview. Guests can access
request. Drying and freezer facilities for         with an open-plan kitchen sitting room. All
                                                   bedrooms are ensuite. Located in the old          mins from M50, 5 mins from Fairyhouse            the beach directly from the garden.
fishing. The ideal base from which to visit
the historical attractions of Ireland’s heritage   courtyard adjacent to walled gardens, each        Racecourse & Tattersalls. Croke Park & Dublin
capital.                                           with its own unique style and furnishings.        Airport just 10 mins away. The bus stops         Self Catering
                                                   Situated in a secluded setting, just 2 miles      outside our gate with a 20 mins journey to the   The Cottages
                                                   from Slane and 30mins from Dublin airport.        Dublin City centre. Aisling B&B is one of the    Seabank, Bettystown, Co. Meath
Self Catering                                      Available for conferences, weddings, parties.
                                                                                                     largest Guests Houses in the Meath/Dublin.       Liz & Roger Pickett
Clonleason Gate Lodge                              Hostels                                           20 rooms and self-catering apartments, we        Tel +353 (0) 41 982 8104
Fordstown, Athboy, Co. Meath                                                                         pride ourselves in providing top class           Fax: +353 (0) 41 982 7955
                                                   Slane Farm Hostel                                 accommodation & service.                         E
Tel +353 (0) 46 943 4111
                                                   Harlinstown House, Slane, Meath                                                          
                                                   Tel +353 (0) 41 988 4985/982 4390                                                                                   Broadmeadow Country House                        300 year old luxury thatched cottages on
An extremely cosy one bedroom riverside            Fax +353 (0) 41 988 4985
                                                                                                     Bullstown, Ashbourne, Co. Meath                  beach. Beautifully appointed and furnished to
cottage overlooking parkland. Located in the       E
                                                                                                     Tel +353 (0) 1 835 2823                          the highest standards. 20 minutes from
heart of the Boyne Valley between Athboy 
                                                                                                                                                      Newgrange and the historical Boyne Valley.
and Kells the cottage is a perfect place to        Old farm stables converted into a luxury          Fax +353 (0) 1 835 2819
                                                                                                                                                      Packages can be arranged.
unwind. Roses scent the air in summer and          hostel with private rooms and dorms.              E
logs are provided for winter warmth. Only                                                  
one hour from Dublin/Dublin Airport.                                                                                                                  Specialist Accommodation
                                                   Specialist Accommodation                          4 star country estate on 100 acres. 15 minutes   Smarmore Castle Luxury
                                                   Newgrange Lodge                                   from Dublin airport. 20 minutes from Dublin      Accommodation & Leisure Club
                                                   Newgrange, Co. Meath                              city. Excellent venue for conferences and        Smarmore, Ardee, Co. Louth
                                                   Tel +353 (0) 41 988 2478                          seminars catering for groups of 4-30 people.     Tel +353 (0) 41 685 7167
                                                   Fax +353 (0) 41 988 2479                          Broadmeadow Health and Beauty Salon now          Fax +353 (0) 41 685 7650
                                                   E                         open.                                            E
                                                   New 30 bedroom lodge opposite Newgrange,          Self Catering                                    Luxurious 13th century castle with full leisure
                                                   World Heritage Site, with modern but homely       Ballinakill Mews                                 facilities including 22m pool, four-poster bed, 5
                                                   atmosphere and excellent facilities. All rooms    Enfield, Co. Meath                               bedrooms en-suite, Italian restaurant.
                                                   ensuite, TV, self catering kitchens - open 24     Tel +353 (0) 46 954 1835
                                                   hrs, Internet access, TV room, luggage storage,   E
                                                   free coach and car parking, conference facili-
                                                   ties, outdoor BBQ area, Bureau de Change.         Mary O’Malley
                                                                                                     Self Catering 4 star quality, 2 bed apartment                                                        28
                                                                                                     with garden in grounds of period house.
     Food & Drink
                     A Royal Feast
                     The produce of the fertile Boyne Valley with its lush pastures
                     and abundant waters can be found on the best tables of
                     Meath for feasts and dining occasions fit only for a King.
                     And the High Kings who resided in Meath were demanding
                     and always wanted the best. This tradition lives on today
                     with the wonderful restaurants, cafes and bars, Meath can

                    Restaurants                                      Hotel Dining
                    Brogans Guesthouse                               Ashbourne Marriott Hotel
                    The Beacon Restaurant                            Grill 21, and The Red Lounge Bar
                    Brogans Bar and Lounge                           The Rath, Ashbourne, Co. Meath
                    High Street Trim, Co. Meath                      Tel +353 (0) 1 835 0800
                    Tel +353 (0) 46 943 1237                         E
                    Fax +353 (0) 46 943 7648               
                    E                                Feast on savoury steaks & seafood in Grill 21,
                                             all prepared with the finest local ingredients
                    Brogans, built nearly 2 centuries ago, boasts    and finish with a drink in the Red Bar.
                    17 of the most tastefully decorated modern
                    ensuite guest rooms with state of the art        CityNorth Hotel
                    restaurant, cosy bar and lounge. Traditional     Mornington Restaurant
                    music and live band every weekend.               Delvin Bar
                                                                     Gormanston, Co. Meath
                    Daly’s of Donore                                 Tel +353 (0) 1 690 6666
                    Donore, Co. Meath                                E
                    Tel +353 (0) 41 982 3252               
                    E                         Live entertainment available in the Delvin
                                      Bar every weekend. The Mornington
                    A stone’s throw from Newgrange and almost        Restaurant has a resident pianist every
                    as famous! The Newgrange Steakhouse &            Saturday night and Sunday afternoon.
                    Seafood Restaurant at Daly's of Donore offers
                    excellent home cooking with a choice of both     Dunboyne Castle Hotel & Spa
                    traditional and European Dishes. The ambi-       The Ivy Restaurant, & The Sadlier Bar
                    ence in this 90-seater restaurant is relaxing,   Dunboyne, Co. Meath
                    cosy and friendly.                               Tel +353 (0) 1 801 3500
                    The Ground Floor Restaurant            
                    Bective Square, Kells, Co. Meath                 Fine restaurant dining in the Ivy Brasserie. The
                    Tel +353 (0) 46 924 9688                         Ivy restaurant brings you a great taste sensa-
                    Fax +353 (0) 46 906 6197                         tion and for the wine lovers, a treat is in store
                    E                               with both quality and quantity. For that special
                    Night Time restaurant serving an extensive       occasion or no occasion at all visit “The Ivy”,
                    range of dishes thoroughly continental           not just an eatery this is an experience.
                    ambience. Open 5.30pm ‘til late.
                                                                     Headfort Arms Hotel
                    The Loft Restaurant                              Vanilla Pod Restaurant
                    26 Trimgate Street, Navan, Meath                 Café Therese
                    Tel +353 (0) 46 907 1755                         Headfort Place, Kells, Co. Meath
                    Fax +353 (0) 46 906 6197                         Tel +353 (0) 46 924 0063
                    E                               E
                    Lively night time restaurant serving an          Winner of the Bushmills 2003 Best National
                    extensive range of dishes in a thoroughly        Newcomer Award, listed in the Bridgestone
                    continental ambience, open every night           Guide, Georgina Campbell Guide.
                    5.30 til late.                                   Contemporary setting for European and
                                                                     world dishes using the best Irish ingredients.
                                                                     Jazz Nights and Wine Evenings a speciality.
                                                                     Open 5.30pm-10pm Monday to Thursday,
                                                                     Earlybird 5.30-7.30pm. Sunday Lunch 12-
                                                                     3pm Open 5pm for Dinner and Earlybird.
                                                                     Open Late Friday and Saturday 11pm.


                    O’Briens Restaurant
    Knightsbrook Hotel & Golf Resort                  Cafés                                           Ryan’s Bar                                       Smyths of the Square
    Rococco Restaurant                                                                                22 Trimgate Street, Navan, Meath                 10 Market Square, Navan
    Swifts Bar and Terrace Lounge                     An Troman                                       Tel +353 (0) 46 902 1154                         Tel +353 (0) 46 902 1749
    Trim, Co. Meath                                   10 Market Street, Trim, Co. Meath               Fax +353 (0) 46 907 8333                         E
    Tel +353 (0) 46 948 7421                          Tel +353 (0) 46 948 3703                        Family run pub serving award winning             Bar, Lounge, Off License, beer garden, BBQ,
    E                           E                           lunches daily 12noon-2.30pm. Visit is a          soup and sandwiches, family run.                              Small, friendly café in the heart of Trim,
                                                                                                      must! Also off- licence with an impressive
    This restaurant has been described as 'a
                                                      specializing in excellent coffee, fresh food,
                                                                                                      selection of wine and champagne offering         Stonehouse Bar
    food connoisseur's delight'. Foods from
                                                      homemade scones, cakes and pastries.
                                                                                                      monthly tastings and wine club.                  Kennedy Road, Navan Co. Meath
    North Africia, Thailand and Ireland ensure a
                                                      Lunches made to eat in or take out.
                                                                                                                                                       Tel +353 (0) 46 907 6050
    unique menu. .                                                                                    The Royal Meath                                  Fax +353 (0) 46 907 6057
                                                      ‘As You Like It Caffe..’                        Wategate Street, Navan, Co. Meath                Bar and restaurant in Celtic design.
    Newgrange Hotel                                   Ratoath, Co. Meath                              Tel +353 (0) 46 902 1366
                                                      Tel +353 (0) 1 689 6333                                                                          Teach na Teamhrach
    The Bridge Restaurant                                                                             E
                                                                                                                                                       Balreask Cross, Trim Road, Navan
    Rowley’s Pub, Ruxton’s Café                                                                                                                        Tel +353 (0) 46 907 8248
                                                                          The Royal Meath Pub (commonly just
    Bridge St, Navan, Co. Meath                                                                                                                        E
                                                      Taking our name from the Shakespearean          referred to as 'The Royal'!) is located in the
    Tel +353 (0) 46 907 3732                                                                                                                 
                                                      play, our Name is our aim “As You Like It       heart of the bustling town of Navan, just off
    E                                                                                                                           Teach na Teamhrach offers the visitor a
                                                      ...,” Open every day ! We offer Breakfast,      the main square. Something of an institution                                                                                                                              traditional Irish pub atmosphere in our
                                                      Lunch and pre –show dinner menus and            in the town, good pints and better banter
    Bar food served all day in Rowley’s Bar. Daily                                                                                                     convivial bar. Discuss the issues of the day
                                                      specialise in ‘Occasion Catering’ ..your        have been the stable diet of the pub's
    Carvery lunch in Ruxton’s Café. The Bridge                                                                                                         with your fellow patrons, have a leisurely
                                                      location or ours!                               patrons for some two generations. Traditional
    Restaurant serves Early Bird Menu, Table                                                                                                           read of the newspaper or debate with our
                                                                                                      Irish music every Thursday night.
    D’hote & a La Carte Menu each evening.                                                                                                             friendly bar-staff. Set just beside Navan
                                                      Barista Cafe @ Trim Castle Hotel
                                                                                                                                                       town, perfect location for both the tourist
                                                      Castle Street, Trim, Co. Meath                  Shanks Mare                                      and business visitor. Food served all day in
                                                      Tel +353 (0) 46 948 3000                        Summerhill, Co. Meath
    Station House Hotel                                                                                                                                the restaurant, including breakfast, lunch, a
                                                      E                      Tel +353 (0) 46 955 7028
    Signal Restaurant                                                                                                                                  la carte and early bird options.
    The Platform Lounge                               Barista Café offers a delectable range of
    Kilmessan, Navan, Co. Meath                                                                                             The Village Inn
                                                      coffees, teas, hearty soups, homemade           Shanks Mare Pub & Restaurant is located in       Main Street, Slane, Co. Meath
    Tel +353 (0) 46 902 5239                          treats and gourmet dishes. Breakfasts and
    Fax +353 (0) 46 902 5588                                                                          a lovely rural setting between Moynalvey         Tel +353 (0) 041 982 4230
                                                      light lunches are also available which          and Summerhill, Co. Meath. Shanks Mare           E
    E                   include a variety of traditional and modern     has quickly developed a reputation as a good     All sport shown live. A traditional Irish pub                      Irish dishes with an international twist.       food pub and an enjoyable venue for a            with extensive Slane Castle Rock Concert
    AA hotel set in own grounds. Recent awards
                                                                                                      drink. Traditional Irish Music every Tuesday     Memorabilia.
    include RAC Dining Award, Leading Hotels
    Best Restaurant Award, AA Rosette, Georgina
                                                      Chekhov’s Coffee House                          night by Trim Comhaltas from 9.30pm
    Campbell Jameson Guide, The Michelin
                                                      Upstairs Bakery Lane, 12 Trimgate
    Guide, Lucinda O’ Sullivan Guide, Feile Bia.
                                                      Street, Navan, Co. Meath                        Slevins Pub                                      Pubs Serving Food
                                                      Tel +353 (0) 46 907 4422                        Main Street, Dunboyne, Co. Meath                 Brogans of Trim
                                                      Excellent wholesome daytime fare with           Tel +353 (0) 1825 1068
    Trim Castle Hotel                                                                                                                                  Dalys of Donore
                                                      strong vegetarian options and great coffee.     Fax +353 (0)1 825 1777
    Jules Restaurant                                                                                                                                   Ryan’s Bar, Navan
                                                      Home baked desserts a speciality.               E
    The Bailey Bar                                                                                                                                     Shanks Mare, Moynalvey, Summerhill
    Barista Cafe                                                                                                            Slevin’s Pub, Dunboyne
    Trim, Co. Meath                                   Pubs                                            Breakfast, lunch and á la carte menu             Smyth’s of the Bridge, Navan
    Tel +353 (0) 46 948 3000                                                                          Monday to Friday 10am - 9pm, Saturday            Stonehouse Bar, Navan
    E                        Farrelly Lounge, Bar & Off License              10am - 7pm and Sunday 12.30pm - 7pm.             Teach na Teamhrach, Navan                           Chapel Street, Oldcastle, Co. Meath             Two function rooms, local parties, free finger   The Village Inn, Slane
    Savour a creative and sumptuous menu              Tel/Fax +353 (0) 49 854 1136                    food and music every Saturday night.
    prepared by Chef Sean McDonnell, featuring        E
    a variety of dishes to suit any palette.                            Smyths of the Bridge                             Nightclub
                                                      Farrellys bar is a truly authentic family run   53/54 Academy Street, Navan                      Solar Nightclub
                                                      traditional irish Pub. At Farrellys, we are     Tel +353 (0) 46 9021899                          Newgrange Hotel
                                                      famous for the quality of our pint of           Fax +353 (0) 46 906 0836                         Bridge Street, Navan, Co. Meath
                                                      Guinness. As well as providing a traditional                 Tel +353 (0) 46 907 4100
                                                      atmosphere we have a very pleasant outdoor
                                                      area, a modern Wi-Fi network and live music                   Vibe Nite Club
                                                      every Thursday and Sunday nights.               Smyth’s of the Bridge is run by one of           Headfort Arms Hotel
                                                                                                      Navan’s oldest Publican families, where you      Headfort Place, Kells, Co. Meath
                                                      Fitzsimons                                      can enjoy our hospitality in a friendly and      Tel +353 (0) 46 924 0063
                                                      Trimgate Street, Navan, Co. Meath               relaxing atmosphere. Enjoy a tasty bite from     Open Friday, Saturday, Sunday, 11pm-2am.
                                                      Tel +353 (0) 46 902 1157                        our all day food menu. Our pub features a
                                                      Traditional Irish pub.                          traditional Forge area with Blacksmiths Tools
                                                                                                      and bellows on display. Beer garden and
                                                                                                      bicycle shed.


Dunboyne Castle Hotel Sadlier Bar                    Ryan’s Bar                                                              Station House Hotel Restaurant
                                                                                                 Our Tourist Information Centres can also provide
                                                                                                 information on activities, entertainment and reserve
                                                                                                 accommodation at approved facilities throughout Ireland

Ireland’s Heritage Capital
                                                                                                 Trim Visitor Centre and The Ramparts
                                                                                                 Coffee Shop
                                                                                                 Tourist information Centre
                                                                                                 Castle Street, Trim, Co. Meath
                                                                                                 Tel +353 (0) 46 943 7227
                                                                                                 Fax +353 (0) 46 943 8053
                                                                                                 The visitor centre offers a wide range of books, gifts and
                                                                                                 crafts, as well as the Power and Glory Audio Visual Show.
                                                                                                 New modern Coffee Shop The Ramparts open serving
                                                                                                 speciality teas/coffees and food all day Mon - Sun.

                                                                                                 Kells Tourist Information Point
                                                                                                 Kells Civic Offices,Headfort Place, Kells,
                                                                                                 Co. Meath
                                                                                                 Tel +353 (0) 46 924 0064
                                                                                                 Fax +353 (0) 46 924 9316
                                                                                                 Houses copy of the book of Kells along with other
                                                                                                 treasures. Open Monday - Friday for tourist information,
                                                                                                 brochures and accommodation.

                                                                                                 Solstice Arts Centre and Tourist
                                                                                                 Information Point
                                                                                                 Railway Street, Navan, Co. Meath
                                                                                                 Tel +353 (0) 46 909 2300
                                                                                                 Fax +353 (0) 46 909 2305
                                                                                                 New theatre and arts centre occupies a pivotal site in the
                                                                                                 town of Navan. The 320 seat theatre will play host to
                                                                                                 numerous concerts, exhibitions and events. Hosts state of
                                                                                                 the art visual art gallery and exhibition space. Tourist
                                                                                                 information provided also.

                                                                                                 Kraft Kaffee and Tourist Point
                                                                                                 No. 1 Ardfrail Court, Millbrook Road,
                                                                                                 Oldcastle, Co. Meath
                                                                                                 Tel +353 (0) 49 854 2645
                                                                                                 Tourist Information Point - Craft Shop stocking all Irish
                                                                                                 made gifts - Coffee Dock with speciality coffees.

                                                                                                 Brú na Bóinne
                                                                                                 Brú na Bóinne Tourist Office
                                                                                                 Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre,
                                                                                                 Donore, Co. Meath
                                                                                                 Tel +353 (0) 41 988 0305
                                                                                                 Accommodation Booking Service, Guide Books for Sale,
                                                                                                 Itinerary and route planning, Local and national
                                                                                                 information, crafts, souvenirs, postcards, maps sales,
                                                                                                 What's on, in the area and nationally.

This brochure is published by Meath Tourism Ltd., Co. Meath. It is an application of the Meath
Brand Identity, financed by Meath LEADER, the NRDP and EU Initiative for Rural Development.


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