Exploring the archaeology, landscape and history of Slane, Co. Meath

Successful 2012 Heritage Week on the Hill of Slane

The last of three tours offered on the archaeology of the Hill of Slane took place on Sunday Afternoon 26th August 2012. Two tours had taken place already – one the day before and one the previous Saturday. The weather for the final tour was very good with bright sunny conditions. The air was very clear as well which helped us pick out the various sights to be seen in the panoramic views from the hill.

The tours were very well attended on each of the days and most people had learned about the events through the Heritage Council’s Heritage Week website of from their specially produced booklet. Many locals came to hear about the archaeological survey work being carried out on the site and others had come from further afield. The levels of interest in the site were high and many shared their own knowledge and experience of the Hill of Slane and other less frequented sites in the Boyne Valley. Copies of the Archaeology Ireland heritage guide were given out to visitors courtesy of Meath County Council.

The site itself looked very well – the grass had recently been cut by OPW staff and there was a minimum of litter. A big thank-you to Flann who coordinated the visitors as they arrived to join the tour and for his continued interest and support. He helped everything to run smoothly and successfully on each day.

The group gathers in the car-park at the start of the tour (picture Flann Fitzpatick).

After getting the historical background, visitors are led up onto the site (picture Flann Fitzpatick).

The group gathers in the Graveyard around the Bishop’s Tomb (picture Flann Fitzpatick).

The view through the doorway in the church of St. Patrick, the original parish church in Slane (picture Flann Fitzpatick).

Visitors making their way from the Graveyard across to the College (picture Flann Fitzpatick).

The last of the group entering into the College (picture Flann Fitzpatick).

Visitors hear about the Rectory, a tower house and probably the oldest standing part of the College (picture Flann Fitzpatick).

The vault of the Rectory (picture Flann Fitzpatick).

Part of the group from the first floor of the Rectory (picture Flann Fitzpatick).

Time to go home… (picture Flann Fitzpatick).

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