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Laytown - Meath - village

Village view

County: Meath Town: Laytown Scene: Coastal village scene Date: 1910 (estimate)


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Photo Details

  • County: Meath
  • Town: Laytown
  • Scene: Coastal village scene
  • Date: 1910 (estimate)
  • Digitally remastered


  • 10' x 8' printed on quality photo paper
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  • Read about Laytown below


Laytown (Irish: An Inse) is a village in County Meath, Ireland. It hosts a single annual horse racing meeting on its beach - the only grandstand race meeting in Europe held on the beach under official rules. There is a garda station and a primary school which occupy a site of approximately 2 acres, the buildings thereon being a series of dated school buildings and Portakabins. The village also consists of two pubs, a run down hotel, two newsagents, a pharmacy, two take-aways and a train station. Laytown is situated on the beach, which stretches from Mornington at the River Boyne, which borders County Louth to Gormonston at the River Delvin, which borders County Dublin. This stretch of beach is 2 miles long and constitutes two fifths County Meath coastline.

Laytown is 29 miles north of the nation's capital, Dublin. Laytown and neighboring town, Bettystown, sit on one of Ireland's most scenic beach fronts.

Both Irish and American movies (The Crying Game and Michael Collins) and television shows have been filmed all over Laytown, mostly on the beach.

Changes in Laytown

Laytown was once a tiny coastal village, but in the past decade, the town has seen both a huge population and economic boom. With the ever developing and growing city of Dublin, Laytown, along with other villages and towns all along the east coast, has recorded a population boom. This has brought problems with overcrowded schools.

The village has become well established as a commuter town for people working in Dublin, fuelled by the completion of the M1 motorway linking the north east of the country to the capital. The village is served by the Northern commuter line linking Drogheda and Dundalk to Connolly station in Dublin.

Archaelogical find

On the famous beach at Bettystown, one of the biggest historical finds in Irish history was made. In 1850 a peasant woman claimed to have found the Tara Brooch in a box buried in the sand, though many think it was infact found inland and she claims it was found at the beach in order to claim it as her own. The Tara Brooch is now on display in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin.