Trim (Baile Átha Troim in Irish, meaning “town at the ford of the elderflowers”) is a town in County Meath in Ireland. It is situated on the River Boyne and has a population of 9,184 as of the 2016 census.
A monastery was founded in Trim at an early date and its founding was thought to be by St. Patrick. It was left in the care of its patron saint, Lomman, who flourished sometime between the 5th and early 6th centuries.
Trim became the most important Hiberno-Norman settlement in the Middle Ages. Trim Castle, Ireland’s largest Norman castle was built in the early 12th century, following the Norman invasion of Ireland. Trim Castle was used in the filming of the Mel Gibson film, Braveheart.
Sessions of the Irish parliament were sometimes held in Trim in 1542 and Trim was even considered for the location of Protestant Trinity College, before Sir Francis Drake advocated for it to be located in Dublin. In 1649, when Drogheda was sacked, the Irish forces fled and the town was occupied by the forces of Oliver Cromwell.
Trim was also a battleground in the 1920 Irish War of Independence and a large part of the town was burned to the ground, as reprisal for burning down the RIC barracks in the town.
Today, Trim is a busy tourist town with close famous Irish sites, such as Tara Hill and Newgrange and in the summers, there is a dig conducted at the Blackfriary, a Dominican friary founded in 1263.
We were here mainly to visit with relatives, but, we did manage to get out and about several times.
Out on the streets
Along the River Boyne
St. Patrick’s Cathedral (possibly founded by Saint Patrick in the 5th Century.
The Yellow Steeple, all that remains from St. Mary’s Abbey on land given to Saint Patrick, who is often credited with founding the abbey. All that is left of the abbey is the steeple, named for the colour it took on in the setting sun.