Pictured at Tankardstown House (from left): Corina Mountcharles, Slane Castle and Rock Farm, Helen Byrne of Tankardstown House, Collette McDonnell of Slane Hub, Cllr Wayne Harding, Margaret Quinn and Dan McEvoy of Newry/ Mourne and Down District Council, Michelle Whelan and Robert Collins of Meath County County Council.
A visit by representatives of Newry/ Mourne and Down District Council to Slane was extremely positive and has opened up great tourism options for Slane and the greater Boyne valley region and Downpatrick.
“A lot of work has gone on behind the scenes in setting up an association with Downpatrick and Slane with a view to twinning” said Slane publican and Chairperson of the Laytown/ Bettystown Municipal District of Meath County Council, Councillor Wayne Harding.
“There are obvious links to Saint Patrick for both Slane and Downpatrick and that will be central” Harding said, adding that there will be a big emphasis on local food production, history and heritage schools and a proposed charity walk.
The delegation started their day with a meeting in Tankardstown House where they met representatives of Meath County Council and were given a presentation by Michelle Whelan from Meath Tourism on what Slane and the region has to offer and the many sites that could not possibly have been visited in one day.
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They were then bussed to The Hill of Slane, where legend has it that Saint Patrick lit the pascal fire, and from there it was on to Slane Castle and Slane distillery.
After a trip to Rock Farm they visited Slane village where they met local food producers and visited The Hub and tourist information offices.
An invitation for a return visit to Downpatrick was extended with a view to expanding the many positive initiatives Slane and Downpatrick have in common.
Cllr Harding, who received the delegation finished by saying, “it was a great day and yet another building block that has the capacity to make The Boyne Valley one of the best tourism destinations in the country with Slane at the heart of it”.