Postcards from Slane, County Meath

On a short trip to the Boyne Valley recently I had an overnight stop in the very pretty little village of Slane Co. Meath in the recently designated tourism region, Ireland’s Ancient East. The village has beautiful Georgian buildings with the typical doors that I particularly love. It has the most beautiful plant displays and while I was there a veritable battalion of volunteers  was out with knapsacks and cans, watering containers and hanging  baskets.

The volume of heavy traffic  rumbling through this pretty little village is quite startling and it really ought to be by-passed.

My evening amble was confined to the village and I hope you enjoy the snaps of my little walk about the lovely town.

The so-called village square is actually on a very busy road junction.

There are Georgian doors and houses around every corner

And the flowers ar fabulous!

Being the hometown of the famous Irish poet, Francis Ledwidge features here too.

The Catholic Church, St Patrick’s, dates from the 1800s and has an interesting bell tower. (It is not leaning!)

The interior has some nice features. The floor and  the ceiling decoration are very pleasing. I have not ever seen a candelabra with outstretched hands before!

This row of old cottages is being developed as a tourism centre.  It is known as Cavan Row as artisans and labourers from Cavan who came to work on the Slane Estate were housed here.

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There is much more to Slane than is shown here. There is a beautiful castle for one thing, famous as a pop concert venue, and the estate has its own distillery!

Slane is a perfect spot for a day trip or a short stay, or as a base for exploring some of the Boyne Valley. It will be positively superb when they get rid of the incessant traffic that rattles through the village, and hopefully that will be soon.

I liked this plaque that honours the volunteers who keep this village spic and span and looking its very best. So nice to see them acknowledged!

 

 

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12 responses to “Postcards from Slane, County Meath

  1. What a beautiful village..thank you for taking us with you…

  2. Ancient East Boyne Tours

    Lovely, thanks for the colourful summary of Slane!

  3. Slane is a lovely village, and I hope it goes well with the little cottage transformations. Thank you for all the lovely photographs. The Tidy Towns is a great initiative. 🌼🌼🌼

    • It is! I think the development of the cottages has been promised for some time and I too hope they will soon go ahead as they will be a great asset to the village. I agree that the Tidy Towns is a great influence on our countryside. Thank you for dropping by!

  4. Mary Martin

    Beautiful, it’s such a treat to see all the beautiful flowers. I was in Carrick on Shannon during the summer and loved the lovely window boxes and hanging plants. Also Glasthule had wonderful giant planters overflowing with colour. I live near the wonderful Hamilton Park in Weehawken, New Jersey, but we have no flower beds….not typical in American parks. I feel inspired to see if I could get a group of volunteers together to plant some flowers next spring. Thanks for sharing.

    • Travelling about Ireland this summer I was most impressed with the flowers everywhere, most of which is the work of bands of volunteers. We have an annual nationwide competition here called Tidy Towns which has encouraged Towns and villages to beautify their localities. Good luck with the planting plans and thank you so much for dropping by!

  5. Beautiful. This country has so much to offer.

  6. A lovely village! It is great that the volunteers keep it so clean and beautiful. May they get rid of the traffic soon and the old cottages are preserved as a tourism center.

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