Ratoath was one of the four borough towns founded by the Anglo-Normans within County Meath. The name is derived from Rath to 'Fort of To' which suggests there was a settlement here prior to the Normans. The village was retained by Hugh de Lacy as a seignorial manor. Close by is Fairyhouse Racecourse, one of the most famous racecourses in Ireland, where every Easter the Irish Grand National is run.
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