AGM : 17th Nov. 2021

The AGM of Slane History and Archaeology Society will be held at 8pm in the Men’s Shed, Mill Hill , Slane on the above date.

The Chaiman Mr Eddie Fleming will give a talk on King George IV s visit to Ireland and Slane in 1821.

Officers’ reports afterwards ; please see agenda below

Please bring your Covid vaccination certificate.


1 Apologies

2 Minutes- AGM March 2019 and EGM June 2019

3 Matters arising

4 Chairman’s report

5 Secretary’s report

6 Treasurer’s report

7 Election of Officers

8 Proposed name change to ” Slane and District Historical Society”


10 A. O. B.

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.

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

The Titanic – a Slane passenger

The impact of the sinking of the Titanic was felt more in Ireland than anywhere else. The connection of the White Star Lines famous ship with Ireland goes much further than just being built in Belfast. The large emigration rate around that time ensured that Irish people were well represented on the passenger list on the Titanic. The vast majority of these came from the southern counties like Limerick, Kerry and Cork. There were 113 third class, seven second class and four first class passengers departed from Deepwater Quay in Cobh for the great liner anchored off Roches Point.

Hailing from Slane, in Co.Meath, thirty five year old James Robert McGough ( born July 4th 1876) was an exceptional case in more ways than one. From a family of six sons and one daughter he moved with some of the family to America when young and became a highly successful executive. A buyer with Strawbridge & Clothier department store he was one of only four Irish people who enjoyed the luxury of first class aboard the Titanic.

McGough boarded lifeboat No.7 – the first to be launched from the endangered liner, perhaps due to the advise of Mr. Andrews, the ships designer, with whom he was friends and was sharing the finery of first class. James McGough was eating in the first class diningroom when the ship struck the iceberg.

In an affidavit McGough submitted to the U.S. enquiry into the disaster he detailed how ignoring ship personel advice saved his life. The steward Mr. Dodd, of whom he asked the question ‘Is there any danger?’ answered ‘Not in the least’. Describing the total disbelief amongst the passengers, which led to his own lifeboat being rowed only a short distance from the ship, he wrote: ‘We rested on our oars, but after realising Titanic was sinking, we rowed away for about half a mile, afraid that the suction would draw us down’.

After returning to work James R. McGough was paid 612 dollars for insured property loast aboard. He married and was eventually widowed. The Wall St. crash of 1929 saw McGough, now 53, unemployed. By 1935, now living in Philadelphia, he had developed cancer and eventually died on July 24th 1937 aged 61. His death certificate confirmed his Irish birth, and that of his parents Thomas McGough and Catherine Dowdell.

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