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Baile an Bhiataigh
Reddans Bed & Breakfast, Bar and Restaurant, Bettystown
Reddans Bed & Breakfast, Bar and Restaurant, Bettystown
Bettystown is located in Ireland
Location in Ireland
Coordinates: 53°42′05″N 6°14′46″W / 53.7014°N 6.2461°W / 53.7014; -6.2461Coordinates: 53°42′05″N 6°14′46″W / 53.7014°N 6.2461°W / 53.7014; -6.2461
CountyCounty Meath
Irish Grid ReferenceO156734
Beach of Bettystown

Bettystown (Irish: Baile an Bhiataigh), previously known as Betaghstown transliterated to Beattystown/Bettystown,[1] is a village in an area known as East Meath within County Meath, Ireland. Together with the neighbouring villages of Laytown and Mornington it comprises the census town of Laytown-Bettystown-Mornington with a combined population of 10,889 at the 2011 Census[2] and 11,872 (with Donacarney) at the 2016 Census.[3] During the Celtic Tiger, with increasing property prices in Dublin, Bettystown expanded to cater for large numbers of commuters to Dublin. The area was well known before that as a spot for Dublin summer holiday visitors, with a number of caravan parks and seaside amusements.

In 2007,[4] it was announced that in revisions to Dáil Constituency boundaries for 2012, Bettystown and Laytown as far as the River Nanny would be ceded from the three-seat constituency of Meath East to the five-seat constituency of Louth.


The Dublin and Drogheda Railway line opened on 25 May 1844 with a station at Bettystown. However, this station was to close soon after in November 1847[5] and since then the village has been served by Laytown railway station also opened on the Dublin and Drogheda Railway line on 25 May 1844[5] (renamed as Laytown & Bettystown in 1913). Bus Éireann route D1 provides service between Laytown and Drogheda via Bettystown.[6]


There are two primary schools in Laytown/Bettystown which follow a Catholic ethos. They are Scoil Oilibhéir Naofa (opened in 2005)[7] and Scoil an Spioraid Naomh Senior School.

There are also two multi-denominational schools outside the town that service East Meath and South Drogheda. They are Le Cheile Educate Together National School and Gaelscoil an Bhradain Feasa. Le Cheile Educate Together National School is sited on grounds provided by another South Drogheda school, Drogheda Grammar.

A secondary school, Coláiste na hInse, was built in Laytown in 2008.[8]


Leisure facilities in the Bettystown area include Funtasia, an amusement park, a tennis club and a golf course. Funtasia is an indoor family fun center,[9] with bowling, pool and 'fairground' rides.

Laytown & Bettystown Golf Club celebrated 100 years in 2009.[10] Several club members have been capped for Ireland.[citation needed]

Ireland held the European Land Sailing championships in September 2017 on Bettystown beach. Over 100 European sailors competed over this 5 day period of competitions.[11][12]

Bettystown beach has been host to the annual National Sandcastle and Sand Sculpturing competition in Ireland since 2003.[13]


In 1850 the Tara Brooch was found on the beach at Bettystown. The Tara Brooch is now on display in the National Museum of Ireland in Dublin.[14]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Lewis Topographical Dictionary of Ireland (1837) - Betaghstown or Bettystown Archived 27 September 2007 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Census 2011 – Population Classified by Area" (PDF). Central Statistics Office Census 2011 Reports. Central Statistics Office Ireland. April 2012. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  3. ^ "Sapmap Area: Settlements Laytown-Bettystown-Mornington-Donacarney". Census 2016. Central Statistics Office (Ireland). Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  4. ^ "Report on Dáil and European Parliament Constituencies 2007" (PDF). Constituency Commission. 23 October 2007. Archived from the original (PDF) on 19 November 2007. Retrieved 25 November 2013.
  5. ^ a b "Bettystown station" (PDF). Railscot - Irish Railways. Retrieved 10 January 2010.
  6. ^ "Regional Services by County". Bus Éireann. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  7. ^ "About - Our History". Retrieved 11 February 2020. Scoil Oilibhéir Naofa opened its doors on 1st September 2005
  8. ^ "Information for New Staff" (PDF). Retrieved 11 February 2020. Coláiste na hInse is a [..] school in Baile an Bhiataigh Co. na Mí. Established in 2008
  9. ^ "Funtasia Bettystown | Entertainment Centre Meath". Family Fun. 9 August 2010. Retrieved 2 December 2016.
  10. ^ "Golf captains old and new celebrate club's centenary". Drogheda Independent. 11 February 2009. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  11. ^ "Landsailing European Champs for County Meath in 2017". 19 January 2016. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  12. ^ Magennis, Fiona (22 July 2017). "Landsailing event at Bettystown". Drogheda Independent. Retrieved 7 May 2020.
  13. ^ "National Sandcastle and Sand Sculpturing". Retrieved 4 May 2020.
  14. ^ "The 'Tara' Brooch". National Museum of Ireland. Retrieved 7 May 2020.

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