Posted on Feb 23, 2011 | Comments 0
If you’re ever in Dublin, Ireland, it might be a good idea to take a trip to nearby County Meath, especially if you’re fascinated by wonderful scenery and history. It’s in this county, near the town of Oldbridge, that the famous Battle of the Boyne took place back in 1690.
Just south of the town of Navan, you’ll come across the Hill of Tara, which was the seat of the High Kings of Ireland way back in Celtic times. There are some exceptional archaeological sites, such as the ancient tombs of Dowth, Knowth, and Newgrange, as well as the Hills of Slane. There’s also a megalithic cemetery close to Oldbridge, which dates back to around 3000 BC.
You’ll find an amazing Norman Castle on display in the town of Trim and if you’re looking for a charming Irish Heritage Town then you should pay a visit to Kells. This town is home to some of Ireland’s most important artefacts from the eighth to 12th centuries.
The Battle of the Boyne was fought between King James II and his son in law King William III on July 11th, 1690. The famous battle was won by King William and this paved the way to Protestant control in Ireland. St. Patrick was supposed to have claimed Christianity in Ireland from the Hill of Slane, which overlooks the Boyne, in the year 433. The Hill of Tara is well known in Irish legends, myths, and historyas a magical site that used to be a home to gods, goddesses, warriors, druids, and High Kings.
There are plenty of outdoor activities to enjoy as well in County Meath as fishing and golf are quite popular. The best places for fishing are the River Boyne, Loughs Sheelin, Drumconrath, and the Royal Canal. But the most famous athletic event in the county is the Irish Grand National horse race which takes place at Fairyhouse.
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