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County Meath , known as the Royal County, covers and area of 905 square miles just north of Dublin. Home to the ancient seat of the High Kings at Tara and the renowned Boyne Valley, Meath has some of the most important archeological sites yet unearthed, at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth. Predating the pyramids, these Neolithic passage graves have been expertly excavated and restored and are one of Ireland's most popular and busiest visitor attractions. Access to the sites are via the Bru na Boinne Visitors Centre.

Derived from the Irish , An Mhi, meaning in the middle, Meath is a county rich in heritage, history and remains of its celebrated past. The beautifully scribed early Christian Book of Kells originated from the town of Kells in County Meath and is now on display at Trinity University in Dublin. The Heritage town of Trim was once home to one of the oldest religious settlements in Ireland. The magnificent Norman Castle at Trim still stands.

Visitors to County Meath can also enjoy a six mile coastline of white sandy beaches, excellent golf at one of several top class golf clubs in the county and superb fishing in the River Boyne, coarse angling in the Royal Canal, Lough Sheelin and the Drumconrath lakes. Horse racing is popular in County Meath with no less than three racecourses including Fairyhouse, home of the Irish Grand National and summer stand racing on Laytown beach.


Towns in County Meath

Navan is the county capital. Other townships include Slane, Athboy, Kells, Trim and Dunshaughlin. The population of County Meath is 110,000. Please see our town guides for further information.

Business Information

County Meath historically has a long tradition in farming including dairy, mixed grazing, livestock and market gardening. From this has grown a strong agribusiness base for the county. Manufacturing is a key industry in Meath with an emphasis on furniture for both domestic and commercial use. Other manufacturing includes general engineering, food production and baking , building materials and carpets. Tara Mines is a major employer for Navan, extracting and mining lead and zinc for export. County Meath is home to some of Ireland's landmark visitor attractions, giving rise to a very successful tourist industry in the county.

Helpful contact details for business enquiries

Meath County Council

Tel:(353) 046 21581
Meath County Enterprise Board Tel:(353) 046 27444
Enterprise Ireland Regional Office Tel:(353) 01 609 2150
IDA Regional Office Tel:(353) 01 603 4162
Meath Leader II Tel:(353) 046 49333
TEAGASC Tel:(353) 046 21792
Sources of finance applicable to business start up, development and acquisition, and related agencies, are as follows

Credit Unions:

Tel: (353) (0)1 490 8911
National Irish Bank:  Tel: (353) (0)1 678 5066
Ulster Bank (Small Business Unit):  Tel: (353) (0)1 677 7623
Bank of Ireland Enterprise Support Unit:  contact any branch
Smurfit Job Creation Enterprise Fund Tel: (353) (0)1 478 4091
 
The Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Employment:
TEL: (353) (0) 1 661 4444;
www.irlgov.ie/entemp has extensive and very helpful advice on all aspects of business and employment in Ireland, including a business start up information pack which is superbly put together and includes everything from planning, funding, locating, employing people and development businesses.
 
Travel (see also town guides)

County Meath is only a 30 minute drive from Dublin International Airport for both domestic and international flights. The nearest ferry ports are Dublin and Dun Laoghaire. Meath is well connected to the rest of Ireland with main roads from Dublin to Belfast, Sligo and Galway passing through the county. The train station at Drogheda serves County Meath for rail travel. Bus Eireann operate a service across the county.

Airports
Aer Rianta Dublin Airport
www.dublin-airport.com

Tel: (353) 01 8141111

Ferry  
Stena Line
www.stenaline.com

Tel: (353) 01 204 7700


Irish Ferries
www.irishferries.ie



Tel: (353) 01 555 1995

Train  
Iarnrod Eireann - Irish Rail
www.club.ie/railnet

Tel: (353) 041 38749

Bus  
Bus Eireann
www.buseireann.ie

Tel: (353) 01 8366111
 
Tourist Office
Meath Tourism Tel: (353) 046 21581
 
Tourism, Leisure and Accommodation
Please see town guides
 
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