Place:County Meath, Republic of Ireland

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NameCounty Meath
Alt namesCo. Meath
An Mhísource: Encyclopædia Britannica (1988) VII, 993
Contae na Midhesource: Canby, Historic Places (1984) p 2:581
Contae na Mísource: Wikipedia
Meathsource: Getty Vocabulary Program
Midesource: Encyclopædia Britannica (1988) VII, 993
Midhesource: Encyclopedia Britannica Online (2002-) "Meath," accessed 8 Oct. 2003
TypeCounty
Coordinates53.583°N 6.667°W
Located inRepublic of Ireland     (1922 - )
Also located inIreland     (1200 - 1922)
source: Getty Thesaurus of Geographic Names
source: Family History Library Catalog


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County Meath (; or simply ) is a county in Ireland. It is part of the Mid-East Region and is also located in the province of Leinster. It is named after the ancient Kingdom of Meath ( meaning "middle"). Meath County Council is the local authority for the county. The population of the county is 184,135 according to the 2011 census.

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History

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The county is colloquially known by the nickname "The Royal County" due to its history as the seat of the High King of Ireland. It formed from the eastern part of the former Kingdom of Mide (see Kings of Mide) but now forms part of the province of Leinster. Historically, the kingdom and its successor territory the Lordship of Meath, included all of counties Meath, Fingal and Westmeath as well as parts of counties Cavan, Longford, Louth, Offaly and Kildare. The seat of the High King of Ireland was at Tara. The archaeological complex of Brú na Bóinne is 5,000 years old and includes the burial sites of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth, in the north-east of the county. It is a UNESCO designated World Heritage Site.

Geography and political subdivisions

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The county is drained by the River Boyne.

Meath is the 14th largest of Ireland’s 32 counties in area and 9th largest in terms of population. It is the second largest of Leinster’s 12 counties in size and third largest in terms of population. The county town is Navan, where the county hall and government are located, although Trim, the former county town, has historical significance and remains a sitting place of the circuit court. County Meath also has the only two Gaeltacht areas in the province of Leinster, at Ráth Cairn and Baile Ghib.

Baronies

There are eighteen historic baronies in the county. They include the baronies of Morgallion and Ratoath. While baronies continue to be officially defined units, they are no longer used for many administrative purposes. Their official status is illustrated by Placenames Orders made since 2003, where official Irish names of baronies are listed under "Administrative units".

Towns and populations

  1. Navan 28,000
  1. Ashbourne 17,873
  2. Laytown-Bettystown-Mornington 10,889
  3. Ratoath 9,043
  4. Trim 8,268
  5. Dunboyne 6,959
  6. Kells 5,888
  7. Duleek 3,988
  8. Dunshaughlin 3,903
  9. Stamullen 3,130


Local government and politics

There are 29 elected members Meath County Council. Fianna Fáil has held three seats out of five in the Meath constituency since 1987. Fine Gael has won the other two seats at each in four of the five general elections in that period, with the exception of 1992, when it lost a seat to the Labour party (which was regained in 1997). Two constituencies are within the borders of the county: Meath East and Meath West. The constituencies also include part of the neighbouring county of Westmeath. Together they return 6 deputies to Dáil Éireann. Part of the county along the Irish Sea coast, which included Julianstown and Stamullen are part of the Louth constituency for general elections.

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