Trim (Baile Átha Truim in Irish Gaelic) is a small town of 6,000 inhabitants, set on a promontory overlooking the Boyne Valley. A town of history, Trim is a very popular place for tourists, especially for its fabulous Norman castle, and its wild landscapes on the side of the Boyne valley…
Trim is the city that brought together the largest Norman colony of the Middle Ages, and still has to this day, the remains of their presence in Trim. Among these main vestiges is the fabulous Trim Castle, one of the largest castles in the whole of Ireland!
In the 15th century, King Richard II of England stayed at Trim for a long time until he lost power. It was only a little later that Elizabeth I saw Trim as the future site of a great university (Trinity College). This proposal was, however, abandoned in favour of Dublin, on the decision of Sir Francis Drake.
In 1649, Trim is invaded by Cromwell’s army. In response, the inhabitants decide to join the Irish forces.
Trim also did not escape the Irish Rebellion of 1798. At that time, Trim lived essentially from its agriculture: and all Trim’s fields were contaminated by mildew, a parasitic species that made the produce inedible. Famine then decimated an important part of the population, plunging Trim into misery and desolation. At that time, many craftsmen began to work leather to get by, which became, many years later, one of the specialties of the city.
The Irish War of Independence in the 1920s left a painful mark on the town: many houses and buildings were burned by the Black and Tans, and the loss of life was considerable.