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Ratoath, Co. Meath

Ratoath is a town in the barony of the same name in County Meath, Ireland. The town is centred on the point where the R125 and R155 regional roads meet. In the 1996 census, the population was recorded as 1,061. In the 2006 census, it was 7,249. The Broad Meadow River flows through the town.

Just outside the town is the horse racing track Fairyhouse racecourse, where the Irish Grand National is held.

Ratoath gives its name to a village, a townland, a parish, an electoral division and to a barony. The derivation or meaning of the word is uncertain. Two alternative Irish forms are cited: Ráth-Tógh and Ráth-Tábhachta. These placenames occur in Irish manuscripts and scholars say that the writers were referring to Ratoath. Evidently they were trying to give a phonetic rendering of a name that was unfamiliar to them. Mruigtuaithe occurs in the Book of Armagh as the name of one of these places in Meath where Saint Patrick founded a church and Eoin MacNeill identifies it as Ratoath. If this is correct it would seem that the second portion of the word comes from the Irish word tuath which means a territory belonging to a family or sept. Mruig means a grazing plain. Ráth is the Irish for a ringfort.
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Bus to Ratoath

  • Bus routes operated by Bus ireann:
    • 103:
      • Dublin (Beresford Place) - Ratoath (Steeplechase)
      • Fairyhouse Cross (Southbound) - Dublin (Beresford Place)
    • 103X:
      • Dublin (Beresford Place) - Ratoath (Opp Steeplechase)
    • 105:
      • Ashbourne (AIB) - Dublin (Beresford Place)
      • Dublin (Beresford Place) - Ashbourne (AIB)
    • 109A:
      • Dublin Airport (Atrium Rd Zone 11) - Kells
      • Kells - Dublin Airport (Atrium Rd Zone 11)
    • 109N:
      • Dublin (Busras) - Navan (Mercy Convent)
      • Navan (Market Square) - Dublin (Busras)

Things to See and Do in Ratoath

Fairyhouse Racecourse

Ratoath, Co. Meath

Venue Theatre

Ratoath, Co. Meath
The Venue Theatre opened its doors to the public in 2006, and each year successfully entertains thousands of people from County Meath, County Dublin and from all over Ireland and the World. The theatre presents dance and music, as well as the best of loca

Hotels in Ratoath

Tattersalls Country House

Tattersalls Country House

Restaurants in Ratoath

As You Like It (Ratoath) As You Like It (Ratoath)

Main Street, Ratoath, Co. Meath
Just to let you know what we're about in As You Like It...

Bella Sora Bella Sora

Main St, Ratoath, Co. Meath
A unique Italian restaurant

La Bucca & Wine Bar La Bucca & Wine Bar

Corballis Demesne, Ratoath, Co. Meath
Welcome to La Bucca - a little bit of Italy in County Meath!

Massimo Massimo's Restaurant

Main St, Ratoath, Co. Meath
Massimos Restaurant has been created by Massimo D'Ambrosio who comes from a small village in Italy called Sora, two hours south of Rome. One day Massimo visited Ratoath. It reminded him so much of home that it prompted him to open a café

Mix Asian Fusion Restaurant Mix Asian Fusion Restaurant

Unit 7, First Floor, Ratoath, Co. Meath
The MIX is changing to a new WORLD BUFFET restaurant ! Come and enjoy a large variety of food from all over the world including CHINA, JAPAN, BRITISH, KOREA, MEXICO, SINGAPORE, THAILAND, EUROPEAN, MALAYSIA, INDIA...... etc.

Ryan Ryan's of Ratoath Bar & Restaurant

Main Street, Ratoath, Co. Meath

Zorro Bistro Café Bar Zorro Bistro Café Bar

Unit 4, The Village Centre, Ratoath, Co. Meath
Zorro is a place which offers a relaxed and cosy atmosphere where you can enjoy good food and wine at very good prices.

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Map of Ratoath