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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.

Slane History & Archaeology Society’s 25th Anniversary

All present and former members of Slane History & Archaeology Society are invited to a celebratory event on Sunday 24th Nov. 2019 to commemorate twenty five years of happy and fruitful work.

Mass will be celebrated in St. Patrick’s Church Slane on Sunday 24th Nov. at 11am for all deceased members of the Society. Family members are invited to attend. In the afternoon at 3pm in the Conyngham Arms hotel entertainment and refreshments will be provided . Some activities of the past in which members were involved will be recounted and viewed with a Powerpoint presentation.

Please let us know by ringing 0894299719 before 20th Nov. if you hope to attend the function in the hotel as we need to know for catering purposes. We look forward to seeing you all again.

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.

Outing to Wicklow

Dear Member,

Slane History and Archaeology Society have planned an interesting day trip for our members onTuesday17th September.

Our bus will be at the car park on Chapel St. Slane at 9am to collect us, we will be  stopping for tea/coffee on the way, and will arrive at the Quaker Farmstead in Kilbride Wicklow, for a tour and talk from our host, owner/ restorer Philip Gaughran.

Then we will travel to nearby Kilmacurragh to the National Arboretum – we will have time for lunch at the cafe before the tour of the gardens at 3pm.

On our way home we have booked a table in a restaurant in Skerries where we will have a view of the harbour  while we dine.

Hoping for a pleasant day for all!

Please contact me at 087 2222144 to book your place before next Thursday29th September.   The fee for the bus and tour is €25, payable to Martina on the bus.

With best wishes,
Mary McDonnell

Heritage Week Presentation, 2019

Slane History and Archaeology Society Talk, Heritage Week 2019

Based on his research into the Conyngham Papers in the National Library of Ireland, Eddie Fleming, our Chairperson will give a talk and presentation on the properties and tenants of the Castle in various townlands around Slane in the period 1800-1830.

Using his database of names, properties, lists of tenants, the Tithe Applotment List and historic maps, Eddie will present an interesting vignette of life in the period, including the visit of King George IV to the Castle.

This informative talk will take place in the Conyngham Arms Hotel, Slane on Sunday,25th August, at 3pm.

It should be of great interest to all those in Slane who have an interest in finding out more about their ancestors at this time in the history of the village.

Meeting on Wed. July 3rd

Subject:A Meeting to discuss our project for Heritage week

Dear Members,        

Anyone interested in contributing to putting our project together for Heritage week in August ?  You are very welcome to a meeting in the Slane Youth Cafe ,Slane, on Wednesday3rd July at 8pm, where we will discuss how best to put together our research on the Conyngham rental books 1800-1825 and the tithe Applotment records of 1824,showing the families and townlands around Slane.             

We will also be identifying various fields in the Castle Demesne and around the village.                 

It promises to be an interesting  evening so we hope you can make it!                          

Best wishes,
Mary McDonnell

Saturday, 22nd June 2019

Dear Members,   

We have planned another interesting visit for us all- this time a chance to see Killua Castle outside Clonmellon, Co. Westmeath. 

The castle was a gaunt ruin when Allen and Lorena Krause from Mexico took it over in 1999, and created a home for themselves. Originally owned by the Chapman family in the 18th century, it has an amazing history. This came to an end in  the last century when the 7th and final baronet left his wife and daughters to live with another woman ; one of the five sons from this union was T.E. Lawrence, otherwise known as Laurence of Arabia.      

We have an appointment to be there by 3 oclock on Saturday 22nd of June for a tour of the house. It is easy to get there-travel on the M3 from Navan towards Cavan, turn off on the N62 towards Delvin and Mullingar. Then take the last left turn before Clonmellon into Killua Castle.      

You can go directly there or meet up in Slane carpark at 2pm ,in case  somebody might like a lift. The journey will take approximately 45 minutes.             

There is no charge for this visit, hope to see you there for what promises to be a pleasant occasion.                            

With best wishes,                                   
 Mary McDonnell

Slane History Society EGM

Dear Members,  

Slane History and Archaeology Society are having an Extraordinary General Meeting to review our Constitution onThursdayJune13th at 8pm in the Slane Youth Cafe on Chapel St., Slane.  Your attendance would be greatly appreciated, we will also be discussing other important matters, and information about our trip to Killua Castle Clonmellon, later in June.       

Hoping to see you there,                 
With best wishes,
Mary McDonnell

Outing in May

Dear Members,         

Slane History Society have planned a trip to the Brittas Estate, Nobber, in conjunction with An Taisce on SaturdayMay 25th. 

Brittas is interesting historically, having been the home of the Cruise Family since the Norman Invasion in the 12th Century for 500 years until it was taken over by the Bligh Family in the land grab after the Cromwellian Invasion.  There are many stories to be told about the place and should make for a very interesting afternoon.   

To facilitate sharing cars, we propose that we meet at the carpark on Chapel St Slane at 1.30pm and set off  to Brittas where the tour will start at 2.30 SHARP. The journey should take approximately 30 minutes and it is suggested that we travel through Wilkinstown towards Nobber, on the R162 but before Nobber turn left on the L3402 and at the next junction take a right turn towards Kilmainhamwood.   

The Brittas Estate will have an entrance on the right on that road- if you reach Kilmainhamwood Nursing home  you have gone too far!          

There is no entrance fee for this trip, and we are appreciative to An Taisce for the opportunity to make this visit.   I am adding a link to the map to this email for your convenience and if you would like a sneak preview of what is in store you can always look up brittasce.com

Hoping to see you there,                       
Mary McDonnell