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12 December 2016

2017 Tour Sells 1 Million Tickets in 24 Hours

Guns N’ Roses will return to Slane Castle on Saturday 27th May 2017 (subject to licence) for a sell-out concert, 25 years after playing the venue on 16th May 1992.

“I am delighted that GnR at Slane is sold out, with fans coming to the show from all over the world re-affirming Slane as one of the world’s top venues and bringing a major boost to tourism“ stated Lord Henry Mountcharles.

Guns N’Roses’ European and Canadian dates for their continued 2017 Not in This Lifetime Tour sold more than 1 million tickets in a single day, after going on sale Friday (9th December last).
And that’s just the Irish, European and Canadian dates.

The Not in This Lifetime Tour has now sold more than 3 million tickets in 2016, making it the year’s most successful rock tour.

Guns N’ Roses 2017 Tour Dates:

01/21 – Osaka, JP Kyocera Dome
 01/22 - Kobe, JP World Arena

01/25 – Yokohama, JP Yokohama Arena
 01/28 - Tokyo, JP Saitama Super Arena

01/29 – Tokyo, JP Saitama Super Arena
 02/02 - Wellington, NZ Westpac Stadium

02/04 – Auckland, NZ Western Springs Stadium
 02/07 - Brisbane, AU QSAC Stadium
02/10 – Sydney, AU ANZ Stadium
 02/11 - Sydney, AU ANZ Stadium

02/14 – Melbourne, AU Melbourne Cricket Ground
 02/18 - Adelaide, AU Adelaide Oval

02/21 – Perth, AU Domain Stadium
 02/25 - Singapore, SG Changi Exhibition Centre

02/28 – Bangkok, TH SCG Stadium
 03/03 - Dubai, AE Autism Rocks Arena

05/27 – Meath, IE Slane Castle
 05/30 - Bilbao, ES San Mames Stadium

06/02 – Lisbon, PT Passeio Martimo De Alges
 06/04 - Madrid, ES Vincente Calderon Stadium

06/07 – Zurich, CH Letzigrund
 06/10 - Imola, IT Greenfield

06/13 – Munich, DE Olympiastadion
 06/16 - London, UK London Stadium

06/17 – London, UK London Stadium
 06/20 - Gdansk, PL Stadion Energy Gdansk

06/22 – Hannover, DE Messe
 06/24 - Werchter, BE Classic

06/27 – Copenhagen, DK Telia Parken
 06/29 - Stockholm, SE Friends Arena

07/01 – Hämeenlinna, FI Kantolan Tapahtumapuisto
 07/04 - Prague, CZ Letnany Airport

07/07 – Paris, FR Stade de France
 07/10 - Vienna, AT Ernst Happel Stadion

07/12 – Nijmegen, NL Goffert Park
 07/15 - Tel Aviv, IS Hayarkon Park

07/27 – St. Louis, MO The Dome At America’s Center
 07/30 - Minneapolis, MN U.S. Bank Stadium

08/02 – Denver, CO Sports Authority Field at Mile High
 08/08 - Miami, FL Miami Marlins Stadium

08/11 – Winston-Salem, NC BB&T Field at Wake Forest University
 08/13 - Hershey, PA Hersheypark Stadium

08/16 – Buffalo, NY New Era Field
 08/19 - Montreal, QC Parc Jean Drapeau

08/21 – Ottawa, ON TD Place Stadium
 08/24 - Winnipeg, MB Investors Group Field

08/27 – Regina, SK New Mosaic Stadium at Evraz Place
 08/30 - Edmonton, AB Commonwealth Stadium

09/01 – Vancouver, BC BC Place Stadium
 09/03 - George, WA The Gorge

09/06 – El Paso, TX Sun Bowl Stadium
 09/08 - San Antonio, TX Alamodome


Gunsnroses Concert - May 27th 2017.

05 December 2016

Guns And Roses

Tickets On Sale Friday, 9 December at 9am

PART OF 35 MASSIVE STADIUM DATES LINED UP ACROSS EUROPE / NORTH AMERICA AXL ROSE, DUFF MCKAGAN, SLASH DIZZY REED, RICHARD FORTUS, FRANK FERRER AND MELISSA REESE ALREADY OVER 2 MILLION TICKETS SOLD IN 2016 ALONE PROVING GUNS N’ ROSES AND ROCK MUSIC ARE AS STRONG AS EVER LOS ANGELES (5 December 2016) – The resurgent Guns N’ Roses and their massively successful Not In This Lifetime Tour continue to show no signs of slowing down as the legendary band storms into 2017 with more than 30 stadium shows lined up across Europe and North America. Starting on Saturday 27 May 2017 at Meath’s Slane Castle, the Live Nation produced tour will then steamroll into 18 more cities across the UK and Europe including shows scheduled in London, Paris, Madrid, Vienna, Copenhagen and more. Following the European leg of the tour, the acclaimed band will once again return to North America for even more stadium dates starting on 30 July at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, MN and then move along to 15 more cities across the US and Canada including Denver, Vancouver, Edmonton, Montreal, St. Louis, Miami and more. Tickets go on sale this Friday 9 December at 9am. Speaking on the announcement Lord Henry Mountcharles stated “We are really thrilled to have one of the most exciting rock n’ roll bands in the world coming back to Slane 25 years after they first played, the same month in 1992 which was critically considered to be one of the best Slane’s ever.” While Lord Henry’s daughter Lady Tamara Conyngham is thrilled by next years headliners “I’m just so excited that I will finally get the chance to see one of the greats. I missed them the first time round the fact I get a second chance is pretty incredible.” While son Alex recalled the last time Guns N’ Roses visited Slane “They were massive for us at the time and an amazing act to witness. I remember Axl coming out on stage and the crowd just going bananas. The energy was incredible.” The Not In This Lifetime Tour has sold over 2 million tickets throughout 2016 while also grossing over $200 million to become the year’s most successful rock tour proving beyond a doubt that the attitude, spirit and influence of both Guns N’ Roses and the rock & roll genre are as strong as ever. The history-making Not In This Lifetime Tour, which visited 21 cities (25 shows) in less than 2 months, wrapped the first North America leg last summer before setting its eyes on South America. In South America, the band completely sold out all 15 dates of the tour including 13 stadium dates. Following the group’s 1985 formation, Guns N’ Roses injected unbridled, unrivalled, and unstoppable attitude into the burgeoning Los Angeles rock scene. The spirit went on to captivate the entire world with the release of their 1987 debut Appetite for Destruction –the best-selling U.S. debut ever, moving 30 million copies globally. In 1991, the seven-time platinum Use Your Illusion I and Use Your Illusion II occupied the top two spots of the Billboard Top 200 upon release. Over the course of the past decade, Guns N’ Roses have performed sold out shows and headlined festivals worldwide following the critically acclaimed release of 2008’s RIAA platinum-certified Chinese Democracy. Six studio albums later, Guns N’ Roses are one of the most important and influential acts in music history and continue to set the benchmark for live performances connecting with millions of fans across the globe. Guns N’ Roses’ are Axl Rose (vocals, piano), Duff McKagan (bass), Slash (lead guitar), Dizzy Reed (keyboard), Richard Fortus (rhythm guitar), Frank Ferrer (drums), and Melissa Reese (keyboard).

Ticket Availability for The Enchanted Kingdom

17 November 2016

The Enchanted Kingdom Ticket Update.
Tickets are selling out fast, please see availability on dates below:
Friday 2nd Dec – Availability – Slots available between 2pm and 7.30pm.
*Saturday 3rd Dec*- Limited Availability – Slots available mainly only in later afternoon
*Sunday 4th Dec*- Very Limited Availability – Only Late evening availability
Friday 9th Dec – Availability – Slots available between 2pm and 7.30pm.
Saturday 10th Dec – Sold out – With exception of 7.15pm and 7.30pm slots
Sunday 11th Dec – Sold out – With exception of 7.15pm and 7.30pm slots
*Friday 16th Dec*- Limited Availability – Slots available mainly early afternoon
Saturday 17th Dec – Sold out – With exception of 4 tickets available on 7.15pm slot.
Sunday 18th Dec – Sold out.
Monday 19th Dec – Limited Availability – Mainly early afternoon slots
Tuesday 20th Dec – Limited Availability – Mainly early afternoon
This acts as an indication of current availability and is subject to change so for assistance please email – Santa@slanecastle
or call 041 982 0643.


The Enchanted Kingdom Ticket Availability.

14 November 2016

We have limited availability on Saturday’s and Sunday’s.
We currently have tickets for Dec 2nd and 3rd and 19th and 20th.
Please call the office on 041 982 9644 or email


The Enchanted Kingdom 2016

05 September 2016

For the third year running Santa is coming to Slane and he and his elves will be transforming the Castle into THE ENCHANTED KINGDOM for the entire family to come and explore.

Be transported into a magical world where children & adults alike will be taken on a tour throughout the Castle rooms to meet with a host of fairytale characters and scenes before seeing the main man himself, Father Christmas!

Come along & be awestruck by enchanted experiences full of frosty family fun including our stunning Ballroom where guests will get to meet with our very own Jack Frost!

Each child will receive a gift and can get a professional photograph taken to keep as a memoir for years to come.

For all event information please click on the below link


Cafe and Historical Tours

08 July 2016

We are open every weekend apart excluding Saturday July 30th and Saturday August 27th for Historical tours and the cafe. Why not pop in to have a lovely bite to eat and a tour of the building. Selection of hot ciabattas and wraps, Smoked Salmon and homemade brown Bread and a variety of sweet treats are available.


The Wedding Salon

04 January 2016

Slane Castle will host the Wedding Salon Open Day on Sunday the 24th of January 2016.

This will include an exclusive tour of Slane Castle to include King George IV Ballroom and the Phoenix Room aswell as a Canape Reception with our exclusive caterers Fitzers. You can enjoy a glass of bubbly while taking a look at our stunning rooms and meet with suppliers including Beauty Tips and Make Overs by our resident make up artist.

Expert advice will be available from the highly experienced events team and there will be a Bridal Gallery filled with exquisite dresses from a leading bridal designer.

To top all that off you will be in with a chance to win an overnight stay and meal for two in The D Hotel Drogheda, Slane Castles official accommodation provider.

The Wedding Salon will be open from 12 – 6pm, admission is free and parking is available on the castle grounds. If you would like to attend please RSVP to to secure a place.


Seasonal Staff Required

06 August 2015

Slane Castle will be recruiting for a range of Seasonal Positions for this coming Autumn/Winter 2015.

The following positions are available:

Café Staff
Customer Service Staff

Acting/Drama experience is an advantage. If you are interested in applying for any of these positions please send a Cover Letter along with your CV to


Slane 2015 - Concert Announced.

12 November 2014

Lord Henry has confirmed The Foo Fighters will headline Slane 2015.
The concert will be held on May 30th 2015.
Tickets not yet on sale.
VIP tickets will be available through


Adam's Country House Collections

07 October 2014

Adam’s Auctioneers are back again this year with a new Country House Collection.

Viewing times are as follows:
Thursday 9th October 10am – 5pm
Friday 10th October 10am – 5pm
Saturday 11th October 11am – 5pm

Auction will take place on:
Sunday 12th October at 12noon
Monday 13th October at 12noon

The Courtyard Cafe will also be open selling Tea, Coffees, Homemade Cakes, Soup & Sandwiches.


Santa is coming to Slane !!!!

01 September 2014

Father Christmas, Mrs Claus & Harry the Elf will be staying in The Enchanted Kingdom at Slane Castle this Christmas Season 2014.
Families will venture through The Enchanted Kingdom amongst a host of festive scenes before meeting the main man himself Santa Claus.
Guests will be welcomed into the Main Hall of the Castle where Children can write their letter to Santa and then it’s off to The Elves Quarters to meet Harry the Pesky Elf! Families will travel through a frozen winter wonderland before meeting Mrs Claus in her cosy sitting room for a festive Christmas storey. The enchanting experience will end in Santa’s Grotto where Santa will be waiting to chat with each little girl & boy and give them each a very special Christmas gift.

For more information…



11 March 2014



The hugely popular Saturday night RTE Radio 1 Ceili House programme presented each week by Kieran Hanrahan is coming to Slane on Wednesday evening 2nd. April 2014 to record a programme of Irish music and song which is scheduled for broadcast on Saturday night 19th. April 2014 at 9 p.m.

The Ceili House programme which has been broadcast by RTE radio for well over 50 years now has a cult following of dedicated listeners from all across the world especially those of first and second Irish generations living abroad. This will be the first time ever for the Ceili House team to visit Slane and they will be most welcome visitors to the village.

The programme which will be recorded in Slane Castle on 2nd. April has been organised by The Johnstons Folk Music Festival committe from the village. This event will serve as a launch night for the 2014 festival to be held over the weekend 11th-13th. July 2014. As many as up to 20 Irish traditional musicians from Slane and surrounding areas will take part in the recording. Tickets for the event are now on sale costing €5 and can be purchased from The Hub office in Slane (041-9824000) or from any committee member.

Those attending the Ceili House recording in the Castle should be seated by 8 p.m. For further information, contact Michael at 087-6734768.

Web: www.
Facebook: The-Johnstons-Music Festival


Tour Season 2014

06 March 2014



These dates may be subject to change.






ADULTS ………………………………………….. €7p.p.

(Children under 5 years FREE ::: Groups pre-booked only).
FAMILY………………………………………. €20.


The Wedding Salon Update

07 January 2014

With the success of The Wedding Salon in 2004, Slane Castle has decided to host the event again in association with weddingsonline for Brides & Grooms to be from Meath, Dublin and the surrounding areas.

Visitors will be welcomed into the Main Hall to walk throughout the rooms of the Castle to meet with exhibitors and have a chance to engage in face to face meetings while enjoying:

  • A Canape reception with our exclusive caterers Fitzers.
  • A glass of bubbly while taking a look around the stunning rooms of the castle.
  • Beauty Tips and Make Over’s by our resident makeup artist Deborah from Closer2Fabulous.
  • Expert advice from a member of the weddingsonline team.
  • Bridal Gallery filled with the exquisite dresses from De Stafford Bridal.
  • And a chance to win an overnight stay & meal for two in The d Hotel Drogheda, Slane Castles official accommodation provider.

Confirmed suppliers exhibiting at The Wedding Salon include:

Flowers by Moira, Paul Kelly Studio 3, Vantastic Vintage, Amazing Cakes, Claire Malone, The Jukebox Kings, Cinematic Weddings, Courtyard Classics, The d Hotel, Mc Donough Productions, Eden Cake Company, Solitaire Hair Salon, Closer2Fabulous, Wow weddings, De Stafford Bridal Boutique, Forever Living, Rock Farm Slane Caroline Duffy Stationery Boutique, Jennys Boutique, The Sweet Treat Company, Fitzers Catering, Firepan Photography frogprince

The Wedding Salon will be open from 12 – 6, admission is free and parking is available on the castle grounds. For directions to Slane Castle please click here

If you would like a wedding consultation & showaround with a member of our events team, please RSVP to to secure a place.


The Wedding Salon

15 November 2013

Slane Castle are excited to announce we will be hosting THE WEDDING SALON Event in association with Weddings Online, on Sunday 19th January 2014.

Visiting clients will walk throughout the stunning rooms of Slane Castle to meet with exhibitors and have a chance to engage with Irelands leading wedding suppliers.

By invitation only, guests must RSVP to


Adams Art Auction SALE DAY

02 October 2013

Adams Art Auction Sale Day 13th & 14th October 2013

Sale Starts 13:00

Viewing Times:
Thursday 10th October
10.00 am – 5.00pm
Friday 11th October
10.00am -5pm
Saturday 12th October
11am -5pm


Eminem - Site Map - Slane Castle VIPs

15 August 2013

Download the Eminem Concert site map for the VIP area here. Concert Site Map – VIP area


Bon Jovi Sitemap

11 June 2013

Download a sitemap of the Concert site here:

Download as a jpg (0.3MB).


Bon Jovi Update

08 June 2013

For all the latest safety information regarding Bon Jovi concert:

Download as a jpg here (1.2MB)

Download as a PDF here (2.8mb).


Coder Dojo @ Slane Castle

12 April 2013

200 Mentors are Slane Bound for Global CoderDojo Conference

More than 200 coding mentors and 40 kid coders will gather in Drogheda and Slane this weekend for DojoCon, the conference exclusively for mentors of the international programming club CoderDojo.

The only international conference for mentors, DojoCon 2013 will provide mentors from across the globe the opportunity to exchange new ideas, explore cutting-edge technologies and share ideas on sustaining and strengthening the CoderDojo movement.

The event, which will see mentors from over 10 countries and almost every county in Ireland attend, has keynotes from Jerry Kennelly and Bill Liao and will be chaired by Disney Vice-President, Una Fox, a mentor from CoderDojo LA.

The theme of the event is to encourage more mentors and encourage collaboration and exchange of ideas. Paul Browne, one of the organisers explains, “There are over 180 coding clubs over the world. We’ve come through an amazing growth phase with CoderDojo – it’s really met a need out there. To make it sustainable, we need to share what works, while keeping the buzz that has made it so successful.”

Unique Gender Balance
The conference is unique in that it has a 50/50 gender balance in terms of speakers. Getting girls into code is another theme of the conference. One of the keynote speakers is Kimberly Bryant who set up Black Girls Code, an organisation similar to CoderDojo. She will share with the CoderDojo mentors her experience of encouraging girls into the world of coding and programming.

Bryant continues, “By launching Black Girls Code, I hope to provide young and pre-teen girls of color opportunities to learn in-demand skills to at a time when they are naturally thinking about what they want to be when they grow up.

That, really, is the Black Girls Code mission: to introduce programming and technology to a new generation of coders, coders who will become builders of technological innovation and of their own futures.”

Rockstars of the Future
The main beneficiaries of CoderDojo are the children themselves. Over 16,000 kids, aged from 7-17 have attended a CoderDojo with many more waiting to join the booked out clubs. There will be a specific panel featuring young talented coders from several local dojos. They will discuss what they really want to learn about, what learning techniques have worked for them in the past and what they think works or doesn’t work in CoderDojo currently.

Graham O’Rourke, another DojoCon organiser concludes, “Most active Dojos are at capacity e.g. both Drogheda and Dundalk are full with waiting lists of 2-3 times the numbers we can accommodate on any given Saturday. If we had more mentors from industry get involved locally we could reach more kids. I would love to see this and experiment with Dojo for different age groups, skill sets, economic backgrounds and genders to see what would work best in attracting and keeping kids in CoderDojo.”

The Conference starts on Friday evening in Drogheda and continues into Slane Castle on Saturday.
The keynotes from DojoCon 2013 will be streamed live on and

The DojoCon 2013 has been organised by CoderDojo volunteers (Drogheda, Dundalk, Dublin, Limerick and Navan) who are committed to the success of CoderDojo and the conference that they have given their time voluntarily for the past 6 months. They would like to thank the many sponsors involved including Hello World Foundation, RTE Digital, Louth County Enterprise Board and Lord Henry of Slane Castle who is giving use of the Castle.

The Conference starts on Friday evening in Drogheda and continues into Slane Castle on Saturday. DojoCon2013 keynotes will be streamed live over at and

Conference organisers and mentors Paul Browne and Graham O’Rourke are available to discuss the event and share the excitement

Stephen Howell, who showcases his Leap2scratch at DojoCon2013 is available to talk about this product. He is also the developer of Kinect2Scratch, free software for kids that makes programming the Microsoft Kinect easy and is used at every Dojo. Stephen is IT lecturer with ITB and created Kinect2Scratch

All have been interviewed on radio before and are experienced speakers.


Bon Jovi Support Acts Announced.

08 April 2013


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    with special guests
    Bon Jovi have announced a trio of top Irish acts will join them for their highly anticipated Slane Castle concert on June 15th. The Coronas, Bressie and Hamsandwich will perform at the Meath venue with the Jersey rockers.

VIP Tickets available –


Distillery Project News

04 March 2013

Check Out Link Below for article from The Irish Times,


Whiskey Distillery Planning has been submitted!

28 February 2013

It’s official!
Plans have been submitted for The Slane Castle Irish Whiskey Distillery on the Estate, for further details see


2nd Gig Announced for 2013

12 December 2012

One of the most successful rappers in history, Eminem has announced he will headline Slane Castle on Saturday 17th August.
Tickets on sale at 9am on Wednesday 19th December from Ticketmaster –
VIP Tickets available from Slane Castle Office.


Bon Jovi - June 15th Concert

30 October 2012


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The best just got bigger. Bringing their signature brand of rock ‘n’ roll back to the people, Jon Bon Jovi today announced from a live press conference held at Slane Castle that Bon Jovi will hit the road in 2013 to fill stadiums and arenas worldwide with “BON JOVI Because We Can – The Tour” including a headline date at the historical Slane Castle on Saturday 15th June.


Tickets priced from €79.50 inclusive of booking fee
Limited number of seated tickets available

GENERAL TICKETS on sale at 8am on Thursday 8th November from Ticketmaster

Buy online:

Tickets are limited to 8 per person.
Under 16s must be accompanied by parent/guardian 25 or over.


Check out our Slane VIP page for more information, booking forms & information leaflets:

Speaking of the announcement Lord Henry Mountcharles today said: “I have seen Bon Jovi live and was deeply impressed. They are one of the most successful touring acts in rock and roll history. Over the years I have been bombarded with requests for them to play Slane. Last week one from America read “Bon Jovi at Slane?! Could my dreams have come true! “Now I am thrilled to say those dreams are a reality.”
Blazing a trail across the globe, the tour will kick off in North America in February, just in time for Valentine’s Day, and travel throughout Europe, the Far East, Africa, Latin America and Australia. The band’s return to the road in 2013 will cap an incredible run which has secured Bon Jovi’s status as the essential live rock band – having performed more than 2,700 concerts in over 50 countries for more than 35 million fans, and earning the #1 grossing worldwide tour twice in just three years.
“Because We Can – The Tour” will also debut brand new songs from new album What About Now, due out in Spring 2013, loading even more ammunition into the band’s huge arsenal of hits including “Livin’ on a Prayer,” “You Give Love a Bad Name,” “Who Says You Can’t Go Home,” “It’s My Life,” and many more.

With one of the greatest catalogues of songs in the history of rock n’ roll, Bon Jovi has sold more than 125 million albums and racked up a stellar resume of career accomplishments.

Thin Lizzy headlined the inaugural concert in the summer of 1981 and since then Slane has hosted some of the most memorable and largest outdoor concerts in Ireland. The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Queen, Bob Dylan, Robbie Williams, David Bowie, U2, Bruce Springsteen, Kings Of Leon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis and REM are just some of the world renowned acts that have played at the venue

For more information on all things Bon Jovi, visit

For further concert information see: /


16th August 1981 THIN LIZZY
U2/Hazel O’Connor/Rose Tattoo/Sweet Savage/The Bureau/Megahype

24th July 1982 ROLLING STONES
J.Geils Band/The Chieftans/George Thorogood and the Destroyers

8th July 1984 BOB DYLAN
UB40/Santanta/In Tua Nua

5th July 1986 QUEEN
Chris Rea/Bangles/Fountain Head

11th July 1987 DAVID BOWIE
Big Country/Aslan/The Grove

16th May 1992 GUNS N’ ROSES
Faith No More/My Little Funhouse

10th July 1993 NEIL YOUNG
Pearl Jam/Van Morrison/Saw Doctors/James/ 4 Non Blondes/ The Blue Angels

22nd July 1995 REM
Oasis/Spearhead/Sharon Shannon/Belly/Luka Bloom

29th August 1998 THE VERVE
Manic Street Preachers/Robbie Williams/Finlay Quaye/The Sea Horses/James/Junkster

28th August 1999 ROBBIE WILLIAMS
Stereophonics/Placebo/Happy Mondays/Gomez/David Gray/Simon Carmody

26th August 2000 BRYAN ADAMS
Moby/Macy Gray/Melanie C/Muse/Eagle Eye Cherry/Dara/Screaming Orphans

25th August 2001 U2
Red Hot Chili Peppers/Coldplay/Kelis/JJ72/Relish

1st September 2001 U2
Moby/Ash/Nelly Furtado/The Walls/Dara

21st August 2002 STEREOPHONICS
The Charlatans/Nickelback/Counting Crows/Ocean ColourScene/Doves/The Revs

23rd August 2003 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS
Foo Fighters/Queens of Stone Age/PJ Havey/Feeder.

29th August 2005 MADONNA

18th August 2007 ROLLING STONES
The Charlatans/The Hold Steady/Tinariwen/Frankie Gavin

20th June 2009 OASIS
The Prodigy/Kasabian/Glasvegas/The Blizzards

28th May 2011 KINGS OF LEON
Elbow / Thin Lizzy / White Lies / Mona / The Whigs

15th June 2013 BON JOVI



17 July 2012

Enjoy an evening of poetry, music and song at the annual celebration of the life and writings of World War I poet Francis Ledwidge which takes place on Sunday 29th July. The venue this year is the magnificent Slane Castle on the banks of the River Boyne, home to the Conyngham family since 1701. The event begins with a Cheese & Wine Reception in the splendid Entrance Hall at 6pm. A short talk on the history of Slane Castle will follow and the main event will then take place in the Gothic Revival Ballroom. The Ballroom boasts an intricately designed ceiling created for the state visit of King George IV of England in 1821.

The Special Guest is Dr. Andrew Rynne, practising General Medical Practitioner in Clane, Co. Kildare and son of Alice Curtayne, definitive biographer of Francis Ledwidge ‘A Life of the Poet’. Dr Rynne will relate how his mother came to write the life story of Francis Ledwidge, he will also discuss the linear connection between Thomas McDonagh and Francis Ledwidge and the famous Ledwidge poem ‘Lament for Thomas McDonagh’. The title of his talk is; ‘My Mother and Francis’

Frances Mulley, international poetry reader from Belfast will read and also from Limavaddy, Co. Derry, Bobbie Forrest will sing and recite some Ledwidge poems. Dearbhla Collins from Drogheda, a second year student with Dr. John O’Connor in the Royal Irish Academy of music and Aebh Kelly from Skerries, a recent Feis Ceol winner will perform music and song. Pat Coldrick from Navan will play classical guitar and traditional Irish music will be provided by a very talented group of musicians from North County Dublin with uileann piper Leo Rickard.

Come early to avoid disappointment and you will have a great evening’s entertainment. For further information; contact Francis Ledwidge Museum, Telephone 041 9824544. Email; or visit website


Summer Cafe Open

03 June 2012

Slane Castle Ltd is delighted to announce the opening of our Courtyard Cafe.

The cafe is located in the lower ground floor of the Castle and serves a selection of homemade
Goodies. Why not pop in and try a slice of our highly acclaimed Carrot Cake and a hot cup of Illy Coffee. We also serve light lunch options such as a variety of Panini’s and our homemade daily specials.

Cafe is open Sunday – Thursday 10am- 5pm.

Large groups advised to book in advance, so we can allocate a private dining space in Browns Bar.
If you have any queries, please call 041 982 0643.


Irish Times Article

16 April 2012

See below article from today’s Irish Times


Newly Appointed Caterer's.

05 April 2012

Fitzer’s Catering, Ireland’s premier catering company has won a three‐year contract to provide catering for all events at Slane Castle.

Fitzers Catering will now provide hospitality for weddings and corporate events.

This win follows a fantastic twelve months for Fitzers Catering which was awarded the title of Best Event Catering Company last year and has been nominated for a Deloitte Best Managed Company 2012, reflecting the company’s high standards of quality, service and
innovation. The company was also awarded the catering contract for Titanic Belfast, a magnificent new development on the Belfast waterfront scheduled to open in April 2012.

The company also manages the catering operation at Croke Park and the recently opened Convention Centre, Dublin while regularly catering for events at Dublin Castle and ‘onlocation’ with the film industry.

The company will provide catering for the opulent weddings taking place in Slane Castle,which has played host to many high profile weddings of the years .

Announcing the contract,* Lord Henry Mount Charles*, owner of Slane Castle said:

“We are delighted to welcome Fitzers Catering on board at Slane Castle. They have over 30 years of experience of top class catering in Ireland which we feel will work well in Slane for the many weddings and different types of events we hold here. From their chefs to the service they provide everything is of the highest quality and attention. We look forward to
working with the team as the next few years promise some exciting developments at Slane.”

Sharon Fitzpatrick, CEO Fitzers Catering, commented:

“Slane is such a fantastic venue that we are proud to provide catering at this historical landmark. We are very excited about working in such a world‐class venue which has so much history behind it. We feel our flexibility will work well at the home of weddings, corporate events and huge summer concerts”


From Russia with Love

05 March 2012

Slane Castle was delighted to be part of the showcase of Irish castle venues to the Russian market, working with the very lovely Oksana Flanagan from the US based wedding events design company

To see some of the press articles that resulted from the press tour, see below link:


Wedding Open Day - Jan 22nd 2012

08 December 2011

Wedding Co-ordinator Rhonda De Paor would like to congratulate all the recently engaged couples in Ireland. It is hard to believe it is that time of year again, but during this festive season more couples will get engaged over Christmas, than any other time of the year. After the engagement couples will begin their planning process for their big day. Of course one of the most important element’s for a wedding is finding the perfect Venue . Here at Slane Castle we offer exclusive use of the entire Castle for your Big day. If you are looking for a private, elegant and impressive venue, you needn’t look much further than Slane Castle. On Sunday January 22nd 2012, we are hosting an open day, by appointment only, for prospective wedding couples to come view the facilities at Slane Castle. The Castle will be set up as it would be for a wedding, and we will have a number of our preferred suppliers in attendance, such as our caterer’s, Florist and photographer.
Slane Castle is currently offering accommodation and rental discounts for 2012 wedding bookings, so please contact Rhonda, if you would like to schedule an appointment for the open day.


Christmas Parties 2012

04 November 2011

Why not book a party with the Wow factor…

Check out Slane Castle Christmas Packages


2012 Wedding Event - INVITE

11 September 2011

We have the pleasure of inviting you and a
guest to a champagne reception in Slane Castle
on Sunday, 16th October 2011 to have a ‘sneak preview’
of our wedding day package and also to meet with some
of Irelands best wedding suppliers.
RSVP by email to
before Friday, 13th October.


The Lady Well Fete - Slane Castle August 21st 2011

12 August 2011

The Lady Well Fete will be held on August 21st from 12 noon to 6pm in the beautiful grounds of Slane castle. On that weekend visitors will travel from far and wide to visit the holy well in the castle grounds. The day features a variety of fun events and activities for all the family.

This year events include a ’masters’ game of Gaelic football, Irish dancing, music, junior soccer and Gaelic, dog trials, tours of Slane castle, pony and trap rides, a pets corner, side shows, sack races, a variety of fine food stalls, magic shows, street entertainment, a duck derby next to the Boyne, and lots of other activities.

Free Admission

Parking €5

Castle Tours €5

There will be three entry points to the fete:

1) The Pedestrian entrance: At the village end of the land.

2) The car park entrance: At the bridge from the car park.

3) At the castle gates: the performers entrance and car park area.


Events Industry Award 2011

09 August 2011

Lord Henry was delighted to receive the “Outstanding contribution to the Events” industry award at the 2011 EIA’s held at the Burlington hotel.


The Sun is Shining at Slane Castle

13 July 2011

Slane Castle was delighted to host the Gypsum Company Family day out, which involved a whole variety of activities, including medieval characters, falconry, BBQ, Live Band and lots of outdoor games.


Concert Show Times

23 May 2011



14.30 MONA

18.30 ELBOW
Followed by KINGS OF LEON!!!!


Helicopters to Open Air Concert Slane Castle (28th May 2011)

22 April 2011

Navigational Warning and Local Instructions

An open air concert/event will take place at Slane Castle, County Meath (N534234 W0063342) on the 28th of May 2011. It is anticipated that helicopters and other light aircraft will operate in the vicinity of Slane Castle during this event. A Temporary Restricted Airspace (TRA) will be in place from 09:00-21:00 UTC. The TRA will have a lateral limit of 1NM radius and a vertical limit from ground to 2,500’ AMSL. Flight Operations of any nature within the TRA require prior permission from the Flight Operations Department of the Irish Aviation Authority. State and Military aircraft are exempt from this requirement.
Celtic Helicopters Ltd will provide a Helicopter Air Marshalling Site Service (HAMSS) 
This service is available from 10:00-20:40 UTC on frequency 121.75 MHz – Callsign ‘Slane’. Landing permission and Joining Instructions will be issued by the HAMSS provider. Operators are requested to adhere to the Joining Instructions. For further information contact Celtic Helicopters Ltd at 087-2573393.


SLANE 2011 - Support Announcement

04 April 2011

Kings of Leon confirm Slane line-up: Elbow, Thin Lizzy, White Lies, Mona and The Whigs

Kings of Leon are delighted to confirm Elbow, Thin Lizzy, White Lies, Mona and The Whigs will complete the full days line-up at this year’s 30th Anniversary sold out Slane Castle concert on Saturday 28th May 2011.

Having sold every ticket in under 40 minutes Kings of Leon’s triumphant return to Ireland to headline the 30th Anniversary of Slane is only fitting, evoking 30 years of legendary performances. “Come Around Sundown”, the bands fifth studio album, has sold over 6 million copies worldwide as well as breaking the record for biggest first week digital album sales with over 49,000 album downloads.

Fresh from their amazing headline performance at Dublin’s O2 last Thursday, Mercury Music Prize winners Elbow bring their renowned live show to Slane. Their new album “Build a Rocket Boys,” was recently released to rapturous critical acclaim taking the number 2 position in the charts. Already, been tipped as the hot favourite for best live performance of the year!

*Thin Lizzy
Returning to Slane will mean more to Thin Lizzy than anyone else. It was they who began the road to where Slane is today back in 1981. Many years have gone by since Phil Lynott passed, but the amazing body of work that is Thin Lizzy still retains all of its vibrancy and influence. A new line-up has formed to take Lizzy’s music to a whole new generation of music fans.

*White Lies
White Lies’ debut album To Lose My Life… , debuted at number one on the UK Albums Chart. With one hit album under their belt they followed this with their latest offering, Ritual, in January. White Lies’ musical style has been described as dark yet uplifting, drawing comparisons to Joy Division, Editors and Interpol.

A four-piece rock band that combine romantic rock ’n’ roll with songs for the city folk, Nashville’s Mona have taken the music world by storm over the past year. Already, shortlisted for the BBC’s sound of 2011 poll and winner of MTV Brand New for 2011. The imminent release of their self titled debut album sets the stage for Mona to seize the limelight.

*The Whigs
Bursting with energy, emotion, and unpredictable experimentation, the Athens, Georgia – based trio tear open the artistic envelope, bringing both nuance and eclectic strength to songs like “Hundred/Million” and “Kill Me Carolyne”. The band’s new album In The Dark is both atmospheric and ambitious, without losing the pedal-to-the-metal power that has earned them universal praise as one of America’s finest young rock ‘n’ roll bands.

For the full history of Slane Castle concerts and operational changes at this years site for an improved concert experience please visit:


Submission to Oral Hearing on N2 Slane Bypass

02 March 2010

Click here to download the full transcript of the “Submission to Oral Hearing on N2 Slane Bypass” by Alexander Conyngham, Earl of Mount Charles.



01 March 2010

*After much speculation, we now know who will be playing Slane 2011…..

At a press release today Lord Henry was thrilled to confirm Kings of Leon will headline the 2011 Slane Castle concert on Saturday 28th of May, which will also be the year we celebrate the 30th anniversary of outdoor concerts at the Castle. Kings Of Leon’s highly acclaimed fifth album ‘Come Around Sundown’ became their third consecutive album to debut at #1 when it topped the Irish and UK album charts on release. Lord Henry is delighted the Tennessee-based Band who have become one of the biggest bands in the world will be the main act at Slane on such a special occasion.

General Release tickets will go on sale from 8am on Friday 5th November 2010 through

The Castle VIP Compound area will be managed by Slane Castle Ltd, on behalf of Lord Henry.
For further details please contact:


Trip to USA

09 September 2010

Lord Henry and his wife Iona are thoroughly enjoying their current trip to America, especially meeting all the wonderful people.

Check out the following:


Alive Outside Event

19 April 2010

We are delighted to announce Slane Castle is set to host the “ Alive Outside” Triathlon Event this coming May 29th 2010.
For years Lord Henry Mount Charles has been hosting outdoor concerts , with world renowned acts and now he is delighted to host the first ever Triathlon event held at Slane Castle.

Starting with a 750m swim in the River Boyne, entering and exiting the water from just below the embankment of the castle. Participants will swim 375m up river and turn around with a 375m down river swim before exiting the river. The transition zone will be in the grassy lawns, while the bike route will take you down the castle driveway, out the gates and onto a challenging 23km route (2 loops) on the R163 and N51.

Let’s hope the good weather keeps up and we wish all participants the very best of luck.

For further information:


Exciting News

13 April 2010

Henry Mount Charles to be honored with the Industry Award at the 2010 Meteor Awards

News announced on Friday 22nd of January that Henry Mount Charles is to be honoured with the prestigious Meteor Industry Award, at the 2010 Meteor Awards in Dublin this February.
The award is in acknowledgement of his outstanding contribution to the Irish Music Industry for nearly 30 years. Slane Castle is renowned worldwide for its summer events. Since 1981, Slane has hosted some of Ireland’s largest outdoor concerts featuring the world’s greatest live performers including U2,Rolling Stones, Madonna, Bob Dylan, Red Hot Chili peppers, Robbie Williams and Oasis.

Henry, who is currently in America promoting the Slane Castle Whiskey, was thrilled with the award and said he is very much looking forward to the event.
During this interview on RTE’s 2FM, Henry declined to confirm details about a 2010 Slane Castle concert, but did indicate there is a chance of a “red hot performance”…. So watch this space!


Slane Castle Open Day

25 January 2010

Wedding Co-ordinator Rhonda De Paor would like to congratulate all the recently engaged couples in Ireland.

During this festive season more couples get engaged over Christmas, than any other time of the year. After the engagement couples will begin their planning process for their big day. Of course one of the most important element’s for a wedding is finding the perfect Venue . Here at Slane Castle we offer exclusive use of the entire Castle for your Big day.

If you are looking for a private, elegant and impressive venue, you needn’t look much further than Slane Castle.
On Sunday January 24th 2010, we are hosting an open day, by appointment only, for prospective wedding couples to come view the facilities at Slane Castle. The Castle will be set up as it would be for a wedding, and we will have a number of our preferred suppliers in attendance, such as our caterer’s, Florist and photographer. Also the renowned Bridal designer Kathy De Stafford will have her stunning 2010 collection on display and Brides can even try on a few of her stylish bridal gowns.

Slane Castle is currently offering accommodation and rental discounts for 2010 wedding bookings, so please contact Rhonda, if you would like to schedule an appointment for the open day.

087 690 2822


Slane Castle Management

15 December 2009

Lord Henry is delighted to announce:

“Rhonda De Paor has been appointed General Manager for Slane Castle Ltd. which has now taken over full management of Slane Castle as and from December 1st 2009, on behalf of the Conyngham family. Rhonda has many year’s extensive experience operating and managing Corporate and Wedding events”.

For all details relating to private events at Slane Castle Rhonda can be contacted on the following email:

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