County Meath is traditionally known as the “Royal County” because it contains the seat of the ancient High Kings of Ireland at the Hill of Tara. Older than the pyramids of Egypt, the passage graves of Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth attract visitors the world over. Other places of interest include Slane Castle and historic Kells, where the Book of Kells originated. Kells also has 9th-century high crosses and a 1000-year-old Round Tower.
Foremost among the passage-tombs of Europe, Newgrange has long evoked the wonder of archaeologists and laymen alike. The most penetrating excavation work undertaken at any prehistoric site in Ireland so far has revealed much about its construction and purpose; but other secrets, such as the cryptic symbolism of its beautifully decorated stones, remain inviolate.
Apart from archaeological sites and beautiful views, you can enjoy a wide range of activities in Meath, from coarse and game angling to shooting and golf. The county is relatively flat and ideal for cycling and horse riding.
Navan is Meath’s county town and is famous for its fine furniture and carpets. Trim, on the river Boyne, is a charming medieval town with an astounding collection of ancient sites, including the largest Norman castle in Ireland.
For a more cosmopolitan atmosphere, Drogheda is a bustling port town with excellent pubs and live music scene, including a summer Samba festival.
Our Sister Cities Relationship
The relationship with Meath began with a serendipitous meeting with ‘John Gavin from Navan’ in the mid to late 90’s. Communication was established and sometime in the late 90’s a Chamber delegation went over to visit (Howard Johnson, Barry Mitsch, Bill Coleman, John Powell, Jack Smith (and maybe others). In turn, 3 came over from County Meath (Brian. Kevin and The County Mgr at that time) about 1999. From that, the formal relationship was established in 2001.
Recent Activities with Meath
March 2009 – A joint photography exhibition called “At The Edges of the Day” begins it’s exhibit. This was a County Meath and Cary Photographers exchange with two photographers from Cary (Patrick Bartley and Heath Clayton ) and two from Meath (Andrew Kelly and Andrew Ellis). The exhibition explored the people, places, economy and culture of Cary, North Carolina and County Meath, Ireland as seen through the eyes of these photographers.
March 2011 – A delegation of Meath officials visits Cary to meet with Town officials and Chamber representatives.
September 2011 – A delegation from Cary, including Chamber of Commerce officials, visits County Meath to attend the Solheim Cup (LPGA version of the Ryder Cup) and discuss business development.
October 2012 – A delegation from Meath visits and meets with the Cary Chamber and Town planning officials, and tours local industry and the Research Triangle Park. They also take in a Shakespeare play at Booth Amphitheater that is set in the Civil War era.
October 2014 -A delegation from Meath including the new county manager, visits and meets with the Cary Chamber and Town planning officials, and tours local industry and the NC State Centennial Campus. Sister Cities of Cary hosts a meet and greet reception at The Cary theater.