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County Meath is located in the province of Leinster, in the Republic of Ireland. It is part of what is known as the Midlands. It is a renowned grassland region, with a cattle-rearing legacy. Navan is the main town in the county. In recent times, the town has seen rapid growth, mostly attributed to its close proximity to Dublin.
At the centre of the county the Hill of Tara is found. It is one of the most important historical sites in Ireland. This hill stands some 500ft above sea level and contains the remains of more than twenty-five historical monuments (some dating as far back as 3000BC). It is said to have been the ancient seat of the Kings of Ireland.
The fertile Boyne Valley in County Meath was first settled in during the Stone Age. Throughout the county lie the remains of many ancient sites from this time. Amongst these is Newgrange, championed as the finest Neolithic tomb on the island of Ireland. It is a World Heritage Site. Newgrange dates back to around 3200BC (older than the Giza Pyramids in Egypt) and is one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world. It is a passage tomb, consisting of an oval mound, with a grass roof, surrounded by 97 kerbstones. The inner passage is 19 metres long and leads to a cruciform chamber, with three side chambers. The chamber's ceiling is some 20ft high. During the winter solstice (dawn on 21st December) sunlight enters the tomb through what is known as the 'roof box' and travels along the passage, lighting up the burial chamber. The walls and stones of the tomb are decorated with some of the most inspiring megalithic art. It attracts some two hundred thousand visitors a year.