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North East Midlands Area , SE: Boyne Valley Subarea
Feature count in area: 24, by county: Cavan: 7, Westmeath: 5, Meath: 5, Monaghan: 3, Leitrim: 1, Louth: 1, Longford: 2, OSI/LPS Maps: 26, 27, 27A, 28, 28A, 28B, 34, 35, 36, 41
Highest Place: Cornasaus 339m

Starting Places in area North East Midlands:

None for this area

Summits & other features in area North East Midlands:
Cen: Ballyjamesduff: Aghalion Hill 249m
Cen: Oldcastle: Mullaghmeen 258m, Slieve Na Calliagh 276m, Spire of Lloyd 131m, The Hill of Mael 241m
E: Kingscourt: Carrickleck Hill 173m
N Cen: Cavan Town: Shantemon 218m, Slieve Glah 320m, Tievenanass 261m
NE: Ballybay: Bunnanimma 268m
NE: Carrickmacross: Corduff 243m
NE: Castleblaney: Mullyash Mountain 317m
NE: Cen Bailieborough: Cornasaus 339m, Taghart South 290m
NW Cen: Arva: Bruse Hill 260m
NW: Aughavas: Lugganammer 190m
S Cen: Crookedwood: Cruckboeltane 199m, Knockeyon 214m
S: Westmeath South West: Knockastia 200m
SE: Boyne Valley: Hill of Slane 160.4m, Mount Oriel 251m, Tara 155m
W: Ardagh: Bawn Mountain 200m
W: Drumlish: Corn Hill 278m

Note: this list of places may include island features such as summits, but not islands as such.
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Hill of Slane, 160.4m Hill Mullach Bhaile Shlaine A name in Irish,
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, Meath County in Leinster province, in Local/Historical/Cultural Lists, Hill of Slane is the 1455th highest place in Ireland. Hill of Slane is the second most easterly summit in the North East Midlands area. Hill of Slane is the third highest point in county Meath.
Grid Reference N96037 75121, OS 1:50k mapsheet 43
Place visited by: 89 members, recently by: Carolineswalsh, Ansarlodge, Colin Murphy, Dessie1, grzywaczmarcin, michaelseaver, sliabhdunner, flynnke, abptraining, annem, Meunclemichael, eflanaga, gernee, Hoverla, trostanite
I visited this place: NO (You need to be a logged-in member for this.)
Longitude: -6.546106, Latitude: 53.717087, Easting: 296037, Northing: 275122, Prominence: 53m,  Isolation: 8.4km
ITM: 695965 775138
Bedrock type: Massive lapilli tuff, (Hill Of Slane Formation)
Notes on name: The most renowned story with this hill relates to St Patrick and his lighting of a Paschal fire here, in defiance of High King Laoire, who forbid the lighting of any other fires, while a festival fire was burning on the Hill of Tara. This tradition is carried on to this day, each Easter Saturday. The top of the hill is dominated by Christian buildings, with the ruins of an early 16th century friary, a church and graveyard. Monastic life on the hill is traced back to the fifth century. The high point of the hill is the top of the 12th century motte which lies to the west of the ruins.
  Short or GPS IDs, 6 char: HlofSl, 10 char: HlofSln

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Summary for Hill of Slane (Mullach Bhaile Shlaine): An interesting historic site.
Summary created by simon3, jackill 2014-04-28 17:47:26
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Picture: The Summit as viewed from the Abbey
Park in the public carpark at A (N96420 75180), room for 20 plus cars.
Go through the access gate and uphill for a short distance to the abbey ruins.
Beyond the ruins lies the summit which is on top of a motte, thought to be possibly much older than others of Anglo-Norman vintage.
The motte is quite steep and surrounded by a deep dyke.On top the motte as of 2014 someone has cast a concrete cross with the legend "2011 Japan " made out in pebbles.
Though the Abbey is a public site maintained by the OPW, the motte is on private land and permission may be required to visit.
Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/1060/comment/15304/
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Little Hunk of Burning Love
by Trailtrekker 31 Jan 2014
Slane won't attract the column inches on here that it's fellow Meath hills of Tara or Loughcrew will, but for me it has a great charm and in some ways I far prefer visiting it than it's more famous big brother! It's great for a cold evening walk or a summer day outing with the kids.

Most of the summit area is easily accessible. There is ample car parking nearby and from here you can explore the Christian buildings and graveyard. The 16th century friary building is the most interesting and children (big and small) will love exploring it. The most legendary story about Slane is that St Pat himself lit a paschal fire here in defiance of the high king on Tara, a tradition that is kept up till this day on Easter Saturday. However, you will need to go past all the buildings to reach the true top. The highest point (or certainly for several hundred years) is the well preserved 12th century motte. You need to negotiate two electric fences and two gates to reach this point, as it is on the private land of the Conyngham estate. Now you can rock up to his nearby castle and ask Henry for permission if you want, but as far as I am aware he has no major problem with access. (Note: he actually resides in Beauparc house on the other side of the Boyne and not the well known castle).

Personally, I enjoy parking all the way down at the river Boyne and enjoying the walk the whole way up the hill through the historic village and it's architecture. This will give you height gain of 120 metres and cover a distance of over 2km river to motte.

It's a great wee historic hill and if you are passing through Slane on the N2 at night keep an eye out for it's light's that burn to this day and can be seen from a couple of miles south of the river! Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/1060/comment/15819/
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Picture: Summit on the hidden motte, secondary enclosure to bottom left.
The summit may be older than is at first apparent.
by simon3 28 Apr 2014
The summit motte and surrounding bailey has been the subject of research recently, for example:

http://hillofslane.wordpress.com/2010-research-background/

It appears that the motte may not be the common or garden Anglo-Norman motte and bailey, but may be older, Iron Age (400-600 CE) or even Bronze Age (2500 to 600 BCE).

If you are visiting, look out for a smaller, secondary enclosure to the SE of the Motte and summit, just touching the enclosure around the bailey. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/1060/comment/16046/
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Picture: Ancient ruins adorning the top.
Old as the hills
by Colin Murphy 7 Feb 2023
The Hill of Slane is steeped in Christian history and ancient myth. St Patrick is traditionally believed to have lit the first paschal fire on the hill in defiance of the pagan High King Lóegaire residing on the Hill of Tara, 16km away.
The present ruins include the medieval church with a well-preserved early gothic tower situated inside a walled enclosure, and a former Franciscan monastery. Even before the establishment of the ancient monastery, the hill had a mythological history. The warrior and Fir Bolg King Slaine is said to have died on the spot and is believed to have been buried here. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/1060/comment/23830/
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Picture: A close view of the Summit
Curious hill
by Onzy 8 Feb 2014
Just a picture. Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/1060/comment/15838/
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Picture: Ancient stonework ?
Twinned with Japan
by eamonoc 13 Feb 2014
Wed 12th Feb, in the middle of the motte on the Hill of Slane, I spotted this curiosity. Can anyone enlighten me as to its origin. Is Slane twinned with Japan? Linkback: mountainviews.ie/summit/1060/comment/15854/
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