Club Photographic Outing to the Hill of Slane, Sunday, October 5th 2014

Congratulations to everyone for a fantastic entry to September’s League Competition and a special thanks to guest judge, Derek McAuley from Mid-Louth Camera Club.

The results of the League to date are on the Competitons tab of the website.

This Sunday, October 5th we’re off to the historical Hill of Slane, near Slane village, Co Meath.  Meet in Molloy’s car park between 9.30 and 10am – we’ll be leaving no later than 10am.

The Hill of Slane rises 158 metres above the surrounding countryside with a view of Newgrange, Knowth, Drogheda and the Irish Sea to the east.  On a clear day you may also see Slieve Gullion in Northern Ireland and also the Sugarloaf mountain in Wicklow.

The Hill of Slane is home to the ruins of an ancient friary and cemetery.  There is also the ruin of a Norman tower.

With a history that dates back to the Neolithic, the Hill of Slane is the mythical burial place of Sláine Mac Dela, the Fir Bolg High King of Ireland.  Christian legend maintains that this was also the site of St Patrick’s first Paschal Fire in 433, lit in defiance of the High King Lóegaire Mac Neill on the Hill of Tara.

Directions:  From Tallaght we head north on the M50 and take the exit for Ashbourne, N2/M2.  At the roundabout take the 1st exit onto the N2 and continue into Slane.  Follow the N2 through Slane and after about 800 metres, turn left onto Abbey View L5603.  There is a car park at the Hill and then a nice stretch of the legs to get to the top.

Make sure that you are prepared for the weather.  Bring a packed lunch if you like and we may have tea/coffee in Slane village afterwards!