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.
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!