Not to be confused with Navan liqueur.
Navan, An Uaimh
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°39′10″N 6°40′53″W / 53.6528°N 6.6814°W / 53.6528; -6.6814Coordinates: 53°39′10″N 6°40′53″W / 53.6528°N 6.6814°W / 53.6528; -6.6814
42 m (138 ft)
Irish Grid Reference
Navan (/ˈnævən/; Irish: an Uaimh, meaning "the cave"; etymology disputed) is the county town of County Meath in Ireland. It is one of the few places in the world to have a palindromic name (see list of palindromic places). National legislation was enacted in 1971 which set the town's name as "Navan" in English. The population of the urban area of Navan was 3,166 in 2006. The population of the environs was 21,141 in the same year, giving a combined total of 24,851. The population of the town and its environs had increased by 28% since 2002. The current population as of the 2011 census is 28,559 making it the 5th largest town, and 10th largest urban settlement, in Ireland.
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Navan is the county town or administrative capital of County Meath. Navan is also the name of a Local Electoral Area which includes the town and adjacent parts of the county with a total population of 38,891 in 2006.
Navan is a Norman foundation: Hugh de Lacy, who was granted the Lordship of Meath in 1172, awarded the Barony of Navan to one of his knights, Jocelyn de Angulo, who built a fort there from which the town developed.
Tara Mine, Europe's largest lead and zinc Mining|mine is located in Navan. The town traditionally was famous for carpets (Navan Carpets closed in 2003) and for a thriving furniture industry (Beechmount Home Park). Both are now in decline, or have ceased, as a result of the move away from manufacture to cheaper locations like Eastern Europe. Nevertheless, Navan has rapidly expanded with the Celtic Tiger to become a large dormitory town due to its proximity to Dublin.
The town has a freight only railway line which passes the former Navan railway station. Navan was a railway crossroads, with the GNR(I) line from Drogheda to Oldcastle and the MGWR line from Kingscourt to Clonsilla (on the Dublin to Sligo line) passing through the town, connecting at Navan Junction.
The GNR(I) line from Navan to Oldcastle and the MGWR line from Clonsilla to Navan closed in 1963, leaving the lines from Drogheda to Navan and Navan to Kingscourt in place. A spur to Tara Mines on the Navan to Oldcastle trackbed was reinstated in 1977.
As of 2005 the railway is solely used by Iarnród Éireann to bring freight from the local lead and zinc mine, Tara Mines, to Dublin Port. The line from Kingscourt was used for transport of gypsum until quite recently but now this line is unused.
A campaign to have the Clonsilla to Navan line reopened, seeks a commuter service to Dublin, initially via the existing Drogheda line, and then directly through reopening the direct line to Dublin via Dunboyne. The Transport 21 plan envisaged the reopening of Clonsilla services happening in two stages, initially to a park and ride off the M3 at Pace by 2009 and later extending to Navan by 2015. The first stage of the project as far as Pace, Co Meath was completed in 2010, and a daily commuter service to Dublin Docklands Station commenced on 2 September 2010. The second stage of the rail link to Navan has been postponed indefinitely as a consequence of cutbacks in the state's infrastructural spend announced in July 2010.
Navan is served by several bus routes. However the town as yet has no central bus station and there are four separate stops in the town, with different routes serving each (Market Square, Mercy Convent, Shopping Centre & Fire Station). The majority of routes are operated by Bus Éireann. The most frequent route is the 109 to Dublin which departs from the Market Square.
Sillan also serve the town. Royal Breffni Tours provide services to Dundalk Institute of Technology. Streamline Coaches provide services to NUI Maynooth.
Navan bus stops
107 to Kingscourt/ Kentstown, 109 & 109N to Dublin, 188 to Drogheda & Trim
030 to Donegal (infrequent), 070 to Athlone (infrequent), 109 to Cavan
Town service, 134, 135, & 136 (Thursday-only rural routes)
030 to Dublin Airport (infrequent), 109A to Dublin Airport
Navan has a number of secondary schools, including private denominational and public inter-denominational and non-denominational. St. Patrick's Classical School is a Roman Catholic boys-only school. Loreto Secondary School, St. Michael's at the Loreto Convent, and St. Joseph's Secondary School at the Mercy Convent are both girls-only Roman Catholic convent schools. Coláiste na Mí is a VEC-run school in Johnstown which opened in 2013. Beaufort College is a large state- owned inter-denominational vocational school. The Abylity Secondary College was a parent-owned fee-paying non-denominational school.
Navan and the surrounding area has a number of primary schools, including the town's Catholic boys' primary school Scoil Mhuire which was originally run by the De La Salle Brothers. Pierce Brosnan was a former pupil of St. Anne's Loreto which is situated beside St. Mary's Catholic Church and near to St. Joseph's Mercy. There are also St. Paul's, St. Ultan's, and St. Oliver's primary schools. Scoil Éanna is the town's oldest and largest gaelscoil. The town's only Church of Ireland secondary school, Preston School, closed in the 1970s. It is now the site of the shopping centre in the town. There is a Church of Ireland primary school known as Flowerfield School, at Connolly Avenue, a new site. It was originally situated at the Flowerfield area of the town, on the main thoroughfare to Drogheda, in a building which has been sympathetically converted into private accommodation. There is also a multi-denominational Educate Together primary school in the town, sited at Commons Road.
Navan was the childhood home of Pierce Brosnan, who appeared in the television series Remington Steele. TV personality Hector Ó hEochagáin, and comedians Dylan Moran and Tommy Tiernan also hail from Navan.
Other famous Navan people have included Sir Francis Beaufort famous for his wind scale. His birthplace was removed by the local council in the 1990s to make way for a road junction.
Leading Trance producer John O'Callaghan is also from the area.
Entrepreneur Ian Clarke, the man behind Freenet, Revver and SenseArray is also a Navan native. Clarke's family owns The Sports Den, which is currently operated by his brother Simon.
Navan has had success in the Meath Senior Football Championship. Pierce O'Mahony's and Navan Gaels are both defunct GAA clubs. Together they have won 14 Meath Senior Football Championship Titles. Navan O'Mahony's was founded in 1948 and with 17 S.F.C titles they are the most successful football club in County Meath. Páirc Tailteann is located in Navan and is home of the Meath Gaelic football and Hurling teams.
Navan R.F.C. won over 186 trophies in the 1960s and currently compete in the All Ireland League (AIL) Division 3
Knockharley Cricket Club were founded in 1982 and are the only cricket club in County Meath competing in the Leinster Cricket Union, the clubs most recent success came in 2006 when the 1st XI won the Middle 2 Leinster Cup defeating Mullingar at North Kildare.
Parkvilla Football Club were founded in 1966 and are the highest placed soccer club in Meath playing in the Leinster Senior League in Senior 1A. They have a very successful schoolboy/girl section which has consistently won the highest honours in the North Eastern Counties Schoolboy League. The club were honoured with a Civic reception by Navan Town Council in 2006 for their contribution to sport and the community in Navan. Their home ground is Claremont Stadium, Commons Road, Navan whom they co-own with Navan Athletic Club.
Navan Sports Clubs
Gaelic Athletic Association
Senior Football & Hurling Championship
All Ireland League (AIL)
Navan Hockey Club
Leinster Division 2
Gaelic Athletic Association
Senior Football Championship
Gaelic Athletic Association
Senior Football Championship
Athletics Association of Ireland
Navan Boxing Club
Irish Boxing Association
Navan Tennis Club
Tennis Tennis Ireland
Parkvilla Football Club
LSL Senior 1A
Meath & District League
Tara Court Green
Knockharley Cricket Club
Leinster Cricket Union
Navan Road Club
Navan Badminton Club
Meath Badminton Assoc
Claremont Stadium, Navan
Other sporting facilities include:
Aura swimming pool,
Horse Racing, both National Hunt racing and Flat racing, at Navan Racecourse.,
Main article: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_twin_towns_and_sister_cities_in_the_Republic_of_Ireland
Navan is twinned with the following places:
Bobbio, Piacenza, Emilia-Romagna, Italy,
Broccostella, Frosinone, Lazio, Italy,
There is an initiative to twin Navan with Navan, Ontario, Canada which was given its name by Michael O'Meara from Navan, County Meath, who set up a trading post in Canada in the 1840s which became a Post Office called Navan. Navan, Ontario is now a village on the outskirts of Ottawa with an approximate population of 3500 people. The Navan2Navan Community Initiative was set up in 2012 to develop links between the two towns.
Railway Street in Navan is the home of the Solstice Art Gallery, which is run by Meath County Council and leading art exhibitions are held there regularly.
Meath Arts Group is very active in the area.
Sniomh by Betty Newman Maguire in front of Navan Fire Station. A sculpture inspired by the movement of water and the merging of the rivers Boyne and Blackwater.
The Fifth Province by Richard King on the Navan Bypass. A sculpture symbolising the ideal for the cultural integration of all the people of the island of Ireland. Composed of four branches and a central upright stem that symbolises the flowering of hope and peace.