Ráth Chairn (Rat Cairn) is a tiny Gaeltacht in County Meath established in 1935.
It comprises around 40 houses with descendants from an initial group of Irish speakers from Connemara who made the village their home.
Zoya Nic Eibhearáird writes:
But the Gaeltacht status of Ráth Chairn, as well as the native language and culture is now under threat.
Bord Pleanála has given planning permission for the development of a housing estate and a hotel, despite the locals, Meath County Council, Comharchumann Ráth Chairn and the Bord Pleanála inspector being against the development.
If a housing estate of such a size is built in this small village, there is a risk that it will be people who do not speak Irish on a daily basis and not Irish speaking families who buy the houses and move in, especially as no measures to ensure the preservation of the Irish Language have been sufficiently detailed.
If a large number of people who don’t speak Irish on a daily basis move to Ráth Chairn, irreparable damage could be done to the Irish Language in this region. A case is being prepared for the High Court and we are raising awareness.
Forbairt tithíochta ag cur imní ar mhuintir Ráth Chairn (Meon Eile)
Spotted in Meath.
By Cormac Farrell via Alan Kinsella
Bettystown, County Meath.
RTE correspondent for the North East Sinead Hussey (above) talking to camera at the scene of a fatal shooting incident which occurred at Castlemartin Drive, at approximately 11.40pm last night.
A 39 year old man received a number of gunshot wounds, he was removed by Ambulance to Our lady of Lourdes Hospital in Drogheda but was pronounced dead shortly before 1am this morning
Speaking at a garda press conference, Superintendent Fergus Dwyer, (secondpic) of Ashbourne Garda Station, confirmed the man had been warned his life was in danger and an attempt had been made on his life last March.
Man shot dead in Co Meath attack linked to Drogheda feud (RTÉ)
Eamonn Farrell / RollingNews
Leinster House, Dublin 2
Ballivor residents, above from left: Phoebe, Sienna, Vito and Romy join a protest against the Church of Scientology opening a drug rehabilitation center in their area of County Meath.
They claim that Scientology is responsible for the deaths of some of its members with the use of the drug treatment Narconon .
Ballivor Says No (Facebook)
Previously: Going Clear In Firhouse
At Millerstown, Kilcock, on the border of counties Kildare and Meath.
“We told them it was on a floodplain but they ignored us. We pointed out that the site was listed as such on the Government website floodmaps.ie and they said sure we’ll make them put in a tank.
“Meath County Council have a lot of questions to answer. €500,000 for a five-bed and situated near two rivers and a canal. Free swimming pool on rainy days.”
Yesterday: Soft Day
Getting into the ‘ween spirit.
Meath Farmer Tom writes:
Councils are d*cks
Or not harsh enough.
Taken over Rathfeigh, Co. Meath at 8.53am this morning.
Thanks Stephen Angels of Ireland Buckley
The Balreask Arms, Trim Road, Navan, Co Meath
Randy Knights writes:
Up Meath till last week. Up Kerry now. No chip on the shoulder here …
Name that jammer anyone?