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Navan


Situated in the heart of theBoyneValley, Navan is an ideal base from which to explore the nearby attractions of Brú ná Bóinne, the Hill of Tara, and the historic towns of Kells and Trim.

 

The burgeoning town ofNavanlies at the confluence of the riversBoyneand Blackwater is the county town, or administrative capital, of Co. Meath. The name Navan has long confused etymologists. It is thought that it may take its name from the Irish An Uaimh, meaning ‘the cave’ or perhaps from Nuachongbhail, meaning ‘new habitation’.

 

Navan lies at the confluence of the rivers Boyne and Blackwater which has long been a site of strategic importance. A burial site close to where the two rivers meet has been identified as Dún Dubchomair, where a Viking fleet is reputed to have landed.

 

The Anglo-Normans also recognised the importance of this location and around 1185,  Joselyn de Angulo converted a nearby glacial mound into a motte and bailey castle. Legend tells that this mound was the burial site of Odhbha, the wife of Éremón, a Milesian invader fromSpain. In the later medieval period Navan was a walled town and, like Trim, was an outpost of The Pale.

 

Details

Address: Solstice Arts Centre & Tourist Information Point, Railway St, Navan, Co. Meath
Email: info@solsticeartscentre.ie
Phone: + 353 46 909 2300