Visit a Gaelic Speaking Community in "The Pale"
In the 1930's, a gaelic speaking community was transferred from the west of ireland to the village of Rathcairn near Trim so as to try to make the famously-anglicised local residents of the Trim area become more Irish !
The village of Rathcairne remains an isolated centre for irish-speaking culture in the Trim area.
Life is centred around the pub and community centre.
There is plenty of live music and irish poetry to be heard.
Here is what it says about it in wikipedia:-
.Ráth Cairn (also Ráth Chairn; English: Rathcarne or Rathcarran) is a small Gaeltacht (Irish-speaking area) in County Meath, Ireland. It is about 55 km northwest of Dublin.
The Ráth Cairn Gaeltacht was founded in 1935 when 27 families from Conamara were settled on land previously acquired by the Irish Land Commission. Each family was provided with a Land Commission house and a farm of approximately 8.9 hectares (22 acre), a sow, piglets and basic implements. A further 11 families joined the original settlers in 1935. In all, 443 people moved from Connemara to the Ráth Cairn area. In 1967 Ráth Cairn received official recognition as a Gaeltacht following a campaign.
A cooperative (the "Ráth Cairn Cooperation Society") was formed in 1973. Ráth Cairn has since grown into a village with a Catholic church, sports facilities and pub. Projects undertaken or assisted by the co-op include the construction of a community centre, a second level school, and others.
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Go to an even smaller town!
If you have the luxury of a car, take a quick 10-15 minute drive to one of the neighboring villages. Trim in itself is great, but on peak days during peak seasons it attracts lots of tourists. It's times like this that it can be worthwhile to visit true small-town Ireland and experience rural Irish life is and create memories meeting the friendly locals. I recommend the village of Longwood. You can simply reach it by taking road R160 out of Trim and follow the small posted signs.
I have included 5 pictures of an experience in Longwood village. Here are the descriptions:
#1 Sign indicating you are now in the village of Longwood, a small farming village about 8 miles outside of Trim. In addition to the town being in close proximity to Trim, it is also a stop on one of the Bus Aras routes out of Dublin.
#2 The village of Longwood consists of nothing more than a couple of shops, a general store, a pub, a couple petrol pumps, and a cemetery.
#3 P.J. Dargan, the main general store to this community. The pub is located in the back room.
#4 This pub is the ONLY stop of Nightlife in the town of Longwood. For a wilder night out, one must go into Trim, of course. This pub, is small-about room for about 5 barstools but also has some old outdated couches and a fireplace. I was amazed to see it remodeled after visiting it for the first time in about 10 years : )
#5 The most amuzing things about a stop in Longwood. The men's room at the pub. It's outside and it's nothing more than 3 walls and a drain in the floor!!! I always question why there's even a light inside. There's nothing really to trip over, so all I can think of is that it helps you NOT to touch the walls. And be prepared for the unmistakable aroma of several peoples *** mixed together.
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