Saints and Stones: Slane

The Hill of Slane contains a number of historical sites. Oral tradition says that St. Patrick lit a Paschal fire on this hill top in 433 A.D. in defiance of the High King Laoire who forbid any other fires while a festival fire was burning on the Hill of Tara to the south. The king was impressed and allowed St. Patrick to continue his work.

The Hill of Slane was a center of religion and learning for many centuries after St. Patrick. Today, one can visit the ruins of Slane Friary and Slane College, both built ca.1512.

About Slane

Megalithic Ireland: Hill of Slane
Mythical Ireland: Hill of Slane
New Advent Catholic Encyclopedia: St. Patrick
Wikipedia: Slane

Journey to Slane

The Hill of Slane, Slane Abbey, and Slane College are located just north of the town of Slane off the N2.

Map Reference: N9675

Visitors Information

Visitors information may be found at the website. General tourist information for the area may be found on the County Meath Tourism website.

Additional Photos of Slane

The Hill of Slane with Slane Friary (left) and Slane College (right)
Slane Legend Sign
Statue of St. Patrick, Hill of Slane
Close-Up of Statue of St. Patrick, Hill of Slane
Interior of Slane Friary
Slane Friary Tower
Ruins of Slane College with Friary Tower in Background
Ruins of Slane College
Steps in Slane College

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