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Slane is a very elegant 18th Century hillside estate village on the beautiful, historic River Boyne. Its is only 40 mins from Dublin city and Dublin airport. 4 grey limestone Georgian houses are a feature in the centre of the village which face each other diagonally across the intersection of the N2 and N51 Drogheda/Navan roads. The doorways are the only features which are individual to each respective house. The village is enhanced by the many mature trees adorning the main street. A row of Western Red Cedar trees known as the Twelve Apostles along with the chestnut and copper beech trees at the Church of Ireland provide a beautiful backdrop to this beautiful village.
Slane can be accessed on the N2 on the main Dublin - Derry road. Slane boasts one of Irelands most archaeologcal sites. Bru na Boinne or otherwise know as Newgrange which are Neolithical sites that are over 5,000 years old. It also is home to the more recent legends in the past of the famous Rock concerts that are held here every year at Slane Castle .
The early name for this beautiful little town was Ferta Fear Fiac meaning the Graves of the men of the Eagle and it appears to have taken its modern name from Slanius a king of the legendary Fir Bolg who is believed to be buried on the hill of Slane.
Tradition states it was on the Hill of Slane the St Patrick lit the first pascal fire to celebrate Easter in the year 433AD. Legend states that there happened to be a pagan festival at Tara which forbade the lighting of any other fire whilst their sacred fire burned. The High King Laoghaire spotted the fire burning on the Hill of Slane from his vantage point at Tara and went to Slane with his soldiers intending to kill Patrick. However Patrick was spared and invited to visit Tara. Although Laoghaire remained Pagan, he took allowed Patrick to preach the Gospel and even took advice. St Patrick's friend St. Erc founded the monestary on this site. In the 16th century the monastery became a Franciscan Friary. An Anglo-Norman Motte on the hill was the first stronghold of the Fleming family who were the Lords of Slane for over 500 years. They were succeeded by the Conynghanms who have lived in the area for over 300 years. The Conynghams were responsible for the design and layout of Slane village. The hill provides an excellent vantage point to view the surrounding countryside right up to the Hill of Tara.
Slane Castle - in it's present form Slane Castle dates from 1785 and is built on the foundation of an early Pale fortress. Castle tours take place throughout the summer season - check out website for details - www.slanecastle.ie Oasis concert in Slane on 20th June 2009 will see the launch of Slane Castle Irish Whiskey
The Mill at the bridge is a fine example of Georgian industrial architecture. Builty in 1776, Slane Mill was the biggest flour mill in the country in its day. Its weir and towpath are now an interesting walkway. There is pleny of wildlife here and along the peaceful canal banks you can see typical gates, locks and bridges as well as stately homes and ruined castles. The Mill House is now home to the elegant boutique hotel www.themillhouse.ie
Francis Ledwidge the renowned poet was born in Slane in 1887. A plaque on Slane Bridge commerates the poet with the original plaque housed in the Ledwidge Cottage on the Drogheda Road which was the birthplace of the poet and now a museum to honour Slane's own son. The cottage, is a perfect example of a 19th century farm labourers cottage and is a credit to the local committee who have restored Francis' home. The second Sunday in August is 'Francis Ledwidge Day' and the cottage provides the perfect setting for poetry readings and general festivities to commerate this World War 1 Poet.
The Slane town trial is an interesting walk showing the many fine architecture of the 18th century especially Slane Castle, own hall and the Mill.
The Battle of the Boyne Site is where in 1690 King James II of Enland and King William of Orange fought the battle which affected the political shape of Europe, the Briish throne and the Protesant power in Ireland. This site is also just outside he village of Slane.
The Mill House www.themillhouse.ie
Tankardstown House www.tankardstown.ie
Conyngham Arms Hotel www.conynghamarms.ie
Accommodation (B&B's etc)
The Old Post Office
Hillview B&B (close to Slane Castle for concerts etc) 041 9824327
The Failte B&B www.thefailtebandb.com
Accommodation (Self Catering)
Slane Farm Hostel www.slanefarmhostel
Slane Farm Cottages www.slanefarmcottages.com
Places to Eat
The Old Post Office www.facebook.com/TheOldPostOffice
Georges Patisserie/The Poets Rest www.georgespatisserie.com
Boyle's Tearooms, Main Street, Slane
Townley Hall House and Forest Walk www.townleyhall.ie Drogheda Road, Slane. Many trails through the wood overlooking the River Boyne and Battle of the Boyne Site.
Littlewood Forest Park, Collon Road, Slane - just north of the village on the Left Hand side heading for Collon. See if you can spot any wild deer!
Newgrange Farm and Coffee Shop - for everyone to interact with animals, poultry etc. Play area and and wonderful day out for the kiddies. www.newgrangefarm.com
Newgrange Bike Hire, Dowth email: email@example.com
A History of Slane Walking Tour - guided historical tour of the Village 087 9377040