Located to the north of Dublin on Ireland’s eastern seaboard, County Meath offers industry an ideal mix of access to major transport and communications nodes, proximity to Ireland’s leading third level educational institutions, a highly skilled and well educated workforce, high quality infrastructure. Manufacturing is a key industry in Meath with an emphasis on furniture for both domestic and commercial use. Other manufacturing includes general engineering, food production and baking, building materials and carpets.

The Meath Gaeltacht consists of two adjacent villages of Rath Cairn and Baile Ghib, which are located close to Navan town, in the centre of County Meath.

Meath Gaeltacht Facts

  • County Meath is located in the east of Ireland and has a population of 195,044 (Census 2016). County Meath saw a population growth of 6% in the 2011-2016 period. 37 per cent of the population is under 25-years-old;
  • The Meath Gaeltacht is the smallest Gaeltacht area and consists of two adjacent villages of Ráth Chairn and Baile Ghib. Navan, 8km from Baile Ghib, is the main centre within the region with a population of 20,000+;
  • The Meath Gaeltacht has a population of 1,857 and represents 1.9% of total Gaeltacht population;
  • The Meath Gaeltacht encompasses a geographical area of 44km2. This represents 1 per cent of total Gaeltacht land area;
  • The Gaeltacht of Royal Meath has a slightly different history than that of the country’s other Irish speaking regions. The two Gaeltachtaí of Baile Ghib and Ráth Chairn are resettled communities, where the Irish government of the 1930s redistributed the vast estates of absentee landlords as small farm holdings to poor farmers from the Gaeltacht areas of Connemara, Mayo and Kerry. The aim was to redress a centuries old imbalance, where the Irish farmers were forcibly removed from this land by the English under Oliver Cromwell, with the infamous edict to ‘Hell or Connacht’. When the Irish farmers returned to the land in Meath, they brought with them their native language and culture, which today is greatly celebrated in the small Gaeltacht of Baile Ghib and Rath Cairn, 70 km from Dublin city;
  • In 2018 there were 178 people employed in a full-time capacity in Údarás na Gaeltachta client-companies in the Meath Gaeltacht.

Local Industries/Enterprises

Údarás na Gaeltachta have selectively targeted certain areas of industry, in particular those which produce sophisticated and high value added products and services. These offer the best growth potential and the best prospects of generating long term sustainable employment. Economic activities in the Meath Gaeltacht include engineering and food manufacturing.

Transportation Systems

Distance From Ráth Chairn/Baile Ghib to:

  • Dublin Airport 31m/50km
  • Dublin City and Port 27m/43km
  • Shannon Airport 127m/203km

Air services

Dublin Airport
Dublin Airport handles direct flights to numerous cities in Europe, North America, Africa and the Middle East. Further information:

Rail services

The Dublin / Sligo line serves County Meath with a station at Enfield, while the Dublin / Belfast line serves the east of the county with a station at Gormanstown. Further information:

Bus services

Bus Éireann provide services to County Meath from Dublin, Sligo, and elsewhere. Meath is easily accessible by regular bus service to and from Dublin with Bus Éireann. Further information:

Medical Services in County Meath

  • Our Lady’s Hospital, Navan

Education in the Gaeltacht

  • Pre-Schools: 2
  • Primary Schools: 4
  • Secondary Schools: 1

Third Level Education

There is a wide variety of third level education opportunities in nearby Dublin, including:

Training for Industry

SOLAS provide career advice and guidance including information on job and training opportunities as well as temporary employment options.

Recreational Facilities

County Meath offers everything you could ask for in terms of recreation and amenities. A natural playground for golf, equestrian, walking, angling, fishing, water sports, arts and crafts and cycling enthusiasts. Further information:

Telecommunications services

Advanced telecommunications services are critical for the attraction of direct investment, for the development of indigenous industry and the promotion of the knowledge economy.

The Gaeltacht regions are fully integrated into Eircom’s National Fibre Network with access to all high speed and advanced services.

Broadband availability is comparable with all other rural regions in Ireland and the EU with at least 62 per cent of lines being DSL enabled. In addition wireless based broadband services are available in many regions offering competitive options to companies and the community.