Discovering the Boyne Valley


A complete guide to the Boyne Valley written by the Director of the Meath Heritage Centre.
The Boyne Valley is a place of history, myths and legends. This rich valley is home to some of Ireland's most famous heritage sites and monuments - Tara, Newgrange, Kells and the Battle of the Boyne site - but there are many others including Trim Castle, Loughcrew, Monasterboice and Mellifont which are major attractions in their own right. A landscape of passage tombs, sacred hills, monastic ruins, bloody battlefields and heritage towns - no wonder the Boyne Valley is considered the birthplace of Ireland's Ancient East. The legends, stories and history of these places have been brought together by local historian and guide Noel French who has been studying and publishing in relation to the area for the past thirty years.
Noel French has been director of the Meath Heritage Centre since 1987, a Meath County Councillor since 2014 and has been editor of 'Focus on Trim' for 20 years. He holds an MA in Local Studies from NUI Maynooth and worked as a tour guide in Trim Castle for many years. He has an unrivalled breadth of knowledge of the history of the Boyne valley and an enthusiasm for communicating it in an engaging style.

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