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Aims of the Society


"The object of the Society shall be to locate, preserve, examine, publish and illustrate the antiquities, records and traditions connected with the territory comprised within the ancient Kingdom of Meath, corresponding in the main with the modern Diocese of Meath."


Annual Subscription €25

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Membership can also be paid by cheque
or postal order for €25 made out to MAHS and
posted to: David Douglas, MAHS Treasurer,
Carberry Lodge, The Stocks, Athboy, Co. Meath, Ireland. C15 KD82







Your subscription includes membership of the Society for the year and a copy of the current edition of Ríocht na Midhe, the annual journal of the society. Packed with interesting articles and book reviews it is a 'must' for anyone with an interest in this area.


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The Council members at a recent launch of Ríocht na Midhe in the Ardboyne Hotel.

 A Tribute to John Bruton.

By Frank Cogan, Vice President of MAHS

John Bruton was a member of the Meath Archaeological and Historical Society for many years and was a great supporter of it over several decades. He followed the activities of the Society with interest and he addressed a Society event in Longwood in January 2019 on the subject of The 1918 Election in Meath, Eamon Duggan and the First Dail (Eamon Duggan was, of course, the first holder of a Dail seat in South Meath, in what was to become John’s own constituency base for many years). As a convinced democrat, John passionately espoused the principle and practice of politics through the ballot box and saw himself as the political descendant of Charles Stewart Parnell, who of course had been elected as the parliamentary representative for Meath in Westminster in an earlier time. As a true Meathman, he had immense pride in his native county, its history and culture and the royal heritage of its landscape and people. As Taoiseach, he displayed a magnanimous spirit and brought that generosity of heart to bear on his untiring pursuit of peace and reconciliation on the island of Ireland so that representatives of different sides and traditions representing all points of view found him willing to engage in a common pursuit of constructive solutions leading to a better future for all. In so doing, he made an immense contribution to the cause of peace and to enable all the people of this island to enjoy the prospect of a brighter and better future.

Ar dheis De go rabh a anam dilis.    



Programme 2024.


Wednesday, March 27th
Launch of Ríocht na Midhe 2024
By Thomas Pakenham (Patron)
followed by lecture -
“Waiting for the Light - Sunrise and Sunset at the Boyne Valley Tombs”
by Clare Tuffy
Ardboyne Hotel, Navan - 7.30pm

Reception and book fair - members
and guests - 6.30-7.30pm

Inquiries to Tom French, Hon Sec., 087 4119633.

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€500 Prizes for Postgraduate Research

The Meath Archaeological and Historical Society and Meath County Council Heritage Forum offer prizes of up to €500 for postgraduate research in any discipline, commencing after September 2011, devoted wholly or in significant part to any aspect of the heritage (archaeology, history, literature, etc.) of the Meath-Westmeath region.

Entries should be submitted in the form of one or more articles for publication in Ríocht na Midhe. Each entry must be vouched for by the writer's Supervisor of Research. Adjudication will be by a panel appointed by MAHS.


Séamus MacGabhann and Aidan Gilsenan
The most recent recipient, Aidan Gilsenan being congratulated by Séamus MacGabhann.

Entries to the editor, Ríocht na Midhe. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.