Hill of Slane

Slane, Co. Meath

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About Hill of Slane

Hill of Slane in Slane, Co. Meath.

North of Slane village, around 433 A.D. St. Patrick (c. 387 - 493) is said to have lit a Paschal fire on this hill top to celebrate Easter in defiance of the Druid High King Laoire who forbade any other fires while a festival fire was burning on the Hill of Tara.

The hill is a commanding site in the area and consquently has a number of historic sites located round the top.

At one point it is though there was a pagan shrine due to two standing stones in the graveyard of a later Christian friary. The friary was restored in 1512 but was later abandoned in 1723. Today the ruins included a 19-metre high early gothic tower.


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