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Autumn/Winter 2022/23 activities

Autumn / Winter 2022/23 Activities

22nd September 2022: Talk by Colette McDonnell – diary of Mary Martin

15th October 2022: Trip to Workhouse, Carrickmacross and Patrick Kavanagh Centre, Inniskeen, Co Monaghan

17th November 2022: Talk by Noel Carolan – food shortages in Ireland in late 19th/early 20th century at Youth Cafe, Slane

16th February 2023: Talk by Seamus Roe – The history of the nursery at Nursery Cross, Collon

23rd March 2023: AGM and talk by Tony Cawley – The Land Commission

20th April 2023: Talk by Dr. Livia Hurley – Conynghams as improving landlords in late 18th / early 19th century

Summer/Autumn 2023 Activities

To be advised

Family Research

Search request received for family of Michael Kerny, baptised in Rathkenny on 24th December 1857. Father Michael Kerny; mother Anne Southwell. If you can provide any information please contact us via our email account

Feb 2020

Slane History & Archaeology Society lecture 

Date: Wednesday 19th Feb. 2020  [Please note the day]

Time:  8pm

Venue : Slane Youth Café

Subject : The story of George Russell  [AE]

Speaker : Tom Holton, T.C.D graduate of english,  who has a life long fascination with AE.

George Russell was an Irish writer, editor, critic, artist and nationalist who was responsible with Horace Plunkett in setting up the Co-operaive movement in Ireland.

Tom Holton says of AE

“the essentials of his vision remain compelling and speak across the century to us now as we face the necessity of recovering our island nation as a haven of the natural world, tackling environmental damage, building a society and recreating our economy on the basis of sustainability and for the benefit of all.”

We hope to see you at the meeting. New members are welcome.

Thursday, Oct. 24th, 2019

Slane History & Archaeology Society Talk

On Thursday 24th October, 2019 the Slane History and Archaeology Society are delighted to host a talk by Cliadbh O’Gibne on The Boyne Currach in The Slane Youth Cafe on Chapel St., Slane at 8pm.

This is an opportunity to hear Cliadbh speak about the Boyne and his experiences over the years in boat building in the traditional manner. Non members welcome.

            25th Anniversary  of Slane History & Archaeology Society

 This year on the 24th November the above Society will celebrate its 25th anniversary. 

Discussion on this event will take place after the presentation by Cliabh. 

All are welcome.

Slane Castle Concerts

1981 Thin Lizzy + U2 + Hazel O’Connor + Rose Tattoo + Sweet Savage + TheBureau + Magahype.

1982 Rolling Stone + J.Geils Band + The Chieftans + George Thorogood & The Destroyers.

1984 Dylan + UB40 + Santana + In Tua Nua.

1985 Bruce Springsteen

1986 Queen + Chris Rea + Bangles + Fountainhead.

1987 David Bowie + Big Country + Aslan + The Groove.

1992 Guns ‘n Roses + Faith no More + My Little Funhouse.

1993 Neil Young + Pearl Jam + Van Morrison + Saw Doctors + James + 4 Non Blondes + The Blue Angles.

1995 R.E.M. + Oasis + Spearhead + Sharon Shannon + Belly + Luka Bloom.

1998 The Verve + Manic Street Preachers + Robbie Williams + Finley Quayle + The Sea Horses + James + Junkster.

1999 Robbie Williams + Stereophonics + Placebo + Happy Mondays + Gomez + David Grey + Simon Carmody.

2000 Bryan Adams + Moby + Macy Gray + Melanie C + Muse + Eagle Eye Cherry + Dara + Screamin’ Orphans.

2001 First Concert U2 + Red Hot Chilli Peppers + Coldplay + Kelis + JJ72 + Relish.

2001 Second Concert U2 + Moby + Ash + Nelly Furtado + The Walls + Dara.

2002 The Stereophonics + The Charlatans + Nickleback + Counting Crows + Ocean Colour Scene + Doves + The Revs.

2003 Red Hot Chilli Peppers + Foo Fighters + Queens of the Stone Age + P J Harvey + Feeder + Morcheeba + Halite.

2004 Madonna + Iggy Pop and the Stooges + Paul Oakenfield

2006 Celtic Woman

2007 The Rolling Stones + The Charlatans + The Hold Steady + Tinariwen + Frankie Gavin

2009 Oasis + The Prodigy + Kasabian + Glasvegas + The Blizzards

2011 Kings of Leon + Elbow + White Lies + Thin Lizzy + Mona + The Whigs

2013 June Bon Jovi – Because We Can Tour + The Coronas + Bressie + Ham Sandwich August Eminem + Plan B + Earlwolf + Yelawolf + Slaughterhouse + Chance the Ripper

2015 Foo Fighters + Kaiser Chiefs + Hozier + Ash + The Strypes

2017 Guns N’ Roses + Royal Blood + Mark Lanegan + Otherkin

2019 Metallica + Ghost + Bokassa + Stiff Little Fingers + Fangclub

Films & Slane

RTE documentary on Slane 1966

A documentary made by RTE around Slane in 1966 can be accessed at the web address below:

Slane as a film location

Over the years the Slane area, with its natural beauty and many castles and monuments, has been chosen to be the location for film production. Many renowned people from the film industry came to Slane. Captain Lightfoot was filmed in and around the castle, Darling Lily along the river between Slane and Beauparc and The Flight of the Doves on the Hill of Slane. These are some that come to mind.

Captain Lightfoot ( 1955)

Captain Lightfoot ( 1955)
Set in Ireland in 1815, this magnificent Technicolor production is full of romance, intrigue, action and adventure. The three principals in the cast, Rock Hudson, Barbara Rush and Jeff Morrow, all shine in this studio vehicle for young star Rock Hudson, who is terrific in the title role, with style, sex appeal, and a good Irish accent (Hudson was full-blood Irish, his real name was Roy Fitzgerald). Jeff Morrow, also an Irishman in real life, was especially good in one of his greatest roles as Captain Thunderbolt, leader of the Irish resistance against the British dragoons, sent to occupy Ireland by the British crown; Morrow had to take lessons to learn how to swordfight from Basil Rathbone. Filmed almost entirely on location in Ireland, this was one of the first Universal pictures to be filmed away from Hollywood. A fine, rousing adventure and a warm, sensitive romance. One of the best films made by the producer-director team of Ross Hunter and Douglas Sirk. Sadly, many Universal pictures of the 1950s and 1960s are still unavailable on home video. Universal should be ashamed of themselves for not releasing this great film on video, and a wide-screen letterbox version on DVD as well. Ay, tis the luck o’ the Irish.

Darling Lily ( 1970 )

Darling Lily ( 1970 )

Paris during WWI. Lili Smith is a German spy. Her latest mission is to get secrets from an allied major, William Larrabee. However, she soon discovers that she has fallen in love with him. There were some old war planes used around the village for this one. The main stars were Julie Andrews and Rock Hudson and it was directed by Blake Edwards.

Considered a huge flop at the time of its release, it’s actually a very good movie and deserves a look, but unfortunately, it’s not yet available on DVD.

The Flight Of the Doves ( 1971 )

Adapted from a book by Walter Macken. In the cast are Ron Moody, Jack Wild, Helen Raye, Dorothy McGuire, William Rushton, Stanley Holloway. Running time: 101 minutes. The Flight of the Doves” is the kind of movie that would make a fortune if it appeared with the Disney name- on it. That’s because people assume that only a Disney film is a good family film. Except that it is clean and is about a couple of charming kids, “Flight of the Doves” has little in common with the average Disney movie. It is much more human, less glossy and offers more surprises. The “Doves” are a couple of kids, brother and sister, played winningly by Jack Wilde (the Artful Dodger of “Oliver” and newcomer Helen Raye, a real scene-stealer. While living with a cruel English stepfather in London, they decide to run away to their Irish grandmother in Galway. Complicating matters is the report of an inheritance to the children from their grandfather. The stepfather claims kidnapping, setting both the English and Irish police in pursuit of the kids. What is worse they have an evil uncle, Hawk Dove (Ron Moody), who will come into the money if the children die. So Hawk, a master of disguise, also is in pursuit of the children. Ron Moody played Fagin in “Oliver” and he hasn’t had a role as good as this since then. Something of an actor’s dream, the role allows him to pop up as a variety of characters, adding both to the humor and the suspense of the film. Suspense and humour along with a good deal of warmth are the qualities of “The Flight of the Doves.” The film was directed by Ralph Nelson and it reflects his best past efforts—notably “Lilies of the Field” and “Charley.” The movie was made entirely in Ireland and most of it is as pretty as a picture postcard. Some of the elements as the kids head north are predictable (mixing into a St. Patrick’s day parade); some are not (finding refuge in a Dublin synagogue); all are fun and most add to the suspense. Not readily available, so catch it if you can on television

There were many concert films made by the musicians at Slane Castle over the last few years, such as U2, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Robbie Williams and Madonna.

An American Television crew filmed an Irish night at Slane Castle some time ago entitled An Irish Holiday Roma Downey, Frank McCourt, Phil Coulter and others Celebrate the Season The special stars some of Ireland’s most beloved performers: actress Roma Downey (“Touched by an Angel”); Moya Brennan (of Clannad); best-selling author Frank McCourt (Angela’s Ashes); the Celtic Tenors; stars from Riverdance; and many more. In the venerable surroundings of the breathtaking grounds of Slane Castle in Ireland, these celebrated talents come together in a unique and intimate gathering for An Irish Holiday. Composer, performer and reigning king of contemporary Celtic music Phil Coulter and his guests regale one another with traditional stories and anecdotes, entertain with song and dance, and revel in each other’s company. Viewers of An Irish Holiday join Moya Brennan (a member of Clannad), Maura O’Connell (seen in Gangs of New York), Brian Kennedy (Get on With Your Short Life) and Jean Butler (Riverdance) in a selection of seasonal Irish songs; rejoice in the spiritual splendor of the Celtic Tenors as they sing a special arrangement of “Adeste Fideles” and “Danny Boy”; thrill to the a capella precision and beauty of the Voice Squad, Ireland’s premier traditional vocal group; and delight in Roma Downey’s interpretation of a holiday Irish blessing.

An Irish-Dutch co-production was filmed at Duleek House, called ‘Morlang’

‘Morlang’ is a chilling psychological contemporary drama about the effects of jealousy, betrayal and revenge. The film is inspired by a real-life episode that took place in Holland in the 1970s, known as the Van Bemmelen Affair.A Dutch couple facing a dilemma in their lives made a public statement that they were going to take drastic actions. One of the partners was less than certain that this drastic plan was the route to take. Several weeks later they carried out their plan, but at the last moment one of the partners reneged on the agreement.Acclaimed actor Paul Freeman, who starred in “The Three Kings” and “Raiders of the Lost Ark”, plays Julius Morlang, a successful art photographer who has moved on after the tragic suicide of his first wife, Ellen. The latter is played by Diana Kent, who starred in “Wings of a Dove” and “Heavenly Creatures”. Morlang, however, has found a new love in Ann (Susan Lynch), who is a younger version of Ellen. Susan Lynch starred in “Waking Ned”, “The Secret of Roan Inish” and “Nora” and starred opposite Johnny Depp in “From Hell”. According to producer Petra Goedings of Phanta Vision, they and their Irish co-producers, Samson Films, needed an authentic house in a rural environment for Morlang’s holiday home. Samson Films hired a locations’ manager who looked for a suitable period house for three weeks.

Slane now has its own production company set up by two local entrepreneurs. Dwarfed Films is an exciting Irish-based production company specialising in the areas of short films, music promos and corporate videos. Formed by director/producer Shane Sheils and producer Paula Sheils (both Filmbase/TG4 award winners) with the aim of making high quality productions on all formats. Shorts such as ‘The Darkside’, ‘Frisky Fingers’ and ‘Opera Baby’ have shown at Belfast Film Festival (nominated best short Jameson award), Galway Film Fleadh, Darklight Film Festival, Portobello London Film Festival and RTE amongst others. Dwarfed Films is always seeking to work with fresh and creative talent in front of and behind the camera. We wish them the best of luck in the future.

Old Recipes


4 lb potatoes
1 lb cooked cabbage
1 oz butter
½ pint milk
6 chopped scallions

Peel and boil the potatoes. Drain and mash until smooth. Add the scallions to the milk and bring to the boil. Add to the potatoes and beat well until fluffy. Beat in the finely chopped cabbage and butter. Serve with butter and sprinkle the top with finely chopped fresh parsley.


1 lb potatoes
2 teaspoons salt
1 oz butter
4 oz flour ( approx )
1 egg

Boil the potatoes. Drain and mash to remove all lumps. Add the salt and butter and work in as much flour as the potatoes will absorb. Turn onto a floured surface and knead lightly. Roll into rounds ¼ inch thick and cook on a griddle or heavy based pan until lightly browned on each side. Usually about 10 minutes. Serve immediately thickly buttered.


1½ pints water
1 pint milk
2½ lbs potatoes
1 lb onions
Pinch of thyme
1 whole clove
Salt and pepper

Peel and slice potatoes and onions. Add to pot with water, thyme and the clove. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for about an hour. Rub through a sieve. Stir in milk, salt and pepper. Heat through without boiling and serve.


3 lb collar of bacon
1 medium size head of cabbage

Soak the bacon overnight in water. Cover bacon with fresh water and boil. Simmer for 2 hours. Break up cabbage and add to the pot. Cook gently until the cabbage is cooked to your liking. Drain and serve with potatoes boiled or steamed in their jackets.


12oz plain flour
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon breadsoda
½ teaspoon cream of tartar
½ pint buttermilk
½ lb currants or sultanas or raisins

Mix the flour, salt, soda and tartar together and sieve well. This is to incorporate plenty of air into the mix. Add enough buttermilk to get a soft but not wet dough. Knead lightly while gradually adding the fruit. Make a cross shaped mark across the top and bake in a preheated oven for ¾ hour. Gas 7 220º C .