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Autumn Equinox Festival at Loughcrew Cairns


Loughcrew Cairns are a series of 5000 year old burial mounds in north Meath. One of the best-preserved and most accessible tombs at Loughcrew, known as Cairn T, faces the rising sun at the vernal (March) and autumnal (September) equinoxes which shines through the passage to illuminate symbols carved onto the back wall of the chamber. 

Cairn T will be kindly opened by the OPW for Equinox sunrise on the 21st, 22nd and 23rd of September from 7.15am until 8.30am


A truly authentic family-run, traditional Irish pub. At Farrelly’s, we are famous for the quality or our pint of Guinness. As well as providing a traditional atmosphere we have a very pleasant outdoor area, a modern Wi-Fi network and live music every Friday.

Sit and sip an excellent coffee and delicious cake while watching the kids play outside. Situated in Historic Gardens this is the perfect place to relax and unwind away from the hustle and bustle of town. Open 7 days 10am - 5pm during summer.

Located in the Boyne Valley and beside the 5,000 year old Loughcrew Cairns is Loughcrew Megalithic Centre. At Loughcrew Megalithic centre visitors will find Nelly’s Kitchen Café, Maggie Heaney’s Cottage and Benny’s Workshop. These traditional thatched cottages surround the courtyard where people love to sit and relax after an enjoyable hike up to the highest point in the Boyne Valley.

Accommodation at Loughcrew Megalithic Centre
Our cozy hostel can sleep 16 and some of our facilities include a kitchen, common area and washing facilities. Our campsite is surrounded by mature trees and consists of 15 hardstanding berths with electric hook up. If you feel like getting back to nature we have plenty of room for tents. Guests can also make use of our playground, tv room and games room.

Located in the Boyne Valley and beside the 5,000 year old Loughcrew Cairns is Loughcrew Megalithic Centre. At Loughcrew Megalithic centre visitors will find Nelly’s Kitchen Café, Maggie Heaney’s Cottage and Benny’s Workshop. These traditional thatched cottages surround the courtyard where people love to sit and relax after an enjoyable hike up to the highest point in the Boyne Valley.

Farrellys bar is a truly authentic family run traditional Irish Pub. At Farrellys, we are famous for the quality of our pint of Guinness. As well as providing a traditional atmosphere we have a very pleasant outdoor area, a modern Wi-Fi network and live music every Thursday and Sunday nights.

Established in 2004, The Kraft Kaffee & Vintage Shop sells organic coffees, light lunches and homemade snacks.

Tourist Information Point with brochures and maps of the Boyne Valley.

All crafts are Irish made with a selection of vintage clothing and jewellery.

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Loughcrew Cairns

Loughcrew, with a concentration of around 30 passage tombs, is one of the most important prehistoric cemeteries in Ireland.

The Loughcrew complex is a megalithic cemetery containing around 30 passage tombs and is situated around the summit of three hills near the town of Oldcastle, Co. Meath. Nearby are the restored 17th Century Loughcrew Gardens which also holds the key to the Loughcrew Cairns site.

Learn more about the architectural heritage of Oldcastle

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Oldcastle

The town of Oldcastle was the 18th century creation of the Naper family, who received parts of the Plunkett estate following the cromwellian wars. Due in part to the continuation of a Gaelic way of life, the area, suffered badly during the Great Famine (1845-‘9) in comparison with richer, more arable and more progressive areas in the southern part of Co. Meath. The poorest inhabitants were obliterated by starvation and emigration. Nonetheless, land patterns still visible today reveal a strong attachment to pastoral farming of ‘Gaelic Culture'.

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