Athboy

Enjoy a traditional Irish experience in Coburn’s old bar on the High Street then wander through the 1920’s style and magnificent glamour in our Art Deco Room celebrating the 1920’s and Lawrence of Arabia’s local connection.

The town of Athboy began sometime during the sixth century A.D. as a settlement at the river crossing known as the Yellow Ford. Long before this however, the inhabitants of Athboy were Druids, who had settlements at the nearby Hill of Ward. The Hill of Ward, also known as Tlachtga, is the site where the feast of Samhain was celebrated. Samhain is credited with being the forerunner of Halloween.

Tlachtga is the sacred hill outside Athboy where Halloween began as the Celtic festival of Samhain and also named after the ancient Goddess associated with it.

Actress, professional singer and qualified tour guide Fiona Dalton brings this local legend alive in an original living history performance of story and song that will both enthral and entertain you.

A haven of tranquillity nestled in Athboy with a warm and welcoming atmosphere. 15 en-suite bedrooms including the stunning Jewel Suite. An ideal place to relax and unwind with its homely charm and friendly feel. Live music Saturday nights and live trad sessions Sunday nights. 40 minutes’ drive from Dublin Airport. The Darnley Restaurant.

Situated in the historic town of Athboy, the Darnley Lodge Hotel is a haven of tranquillity nestled in the heart of the Boyne Valley Drive. Our Hotel is traditional with a warm and welcoming atmosphere and boasts a portfolio of fifteen en-suite bedrooms including our stunning Jewel Suite. Our hotel is an ideal place for you to relax and unwind with its homely charm and friendly feel. The lounge bar or restaurant are ideal if you would like to dine and our menus offer great variety.

Athboy Heritage Trail

The town of Athboy began sometime during the sixth century A.D. as a settlement at the river crossing known as the Yellow Ford. Long before this however, the inhabitants of Athboy were Druids, who had settlements at the nearby Hill of Ward. The Hill of Ward, also known as Tlachtga, is the site where the feast of Samhain was celebrated. Samhain is credited with being the forerunner of Halloween.

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Athboy Heritage Trail

Tlachtga (Hill of Ward), Athboy

Tlachtgla, now known as the Hill of Ward, is an important ritual prehistoric site near the town of Athboy in Co. Meath. It comprises a quadrivallate enclosure and recent archaeological excavations at Tlachtga suggest this ancient hill was used for feasting and ceremonial gatherings. It continued in importance into the historical period, marking the border between two kingdoms. Tigernán Ua Ruairc, Gaelic king of Bréifne, was killed on this hill in 1172 during negotiations with the Cambro-Norman lord Hugh de Lacy.

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Tlachtga (Hill of Ward), Athboy
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