Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Ireland Trip Part 10: The Slane Abbey Ruins and Crazy Carving

This is Part 10 of our Ireland trip blog. Continuing our trip in the Boyne Valley (north of Dublin), this blog will focus on the the Slane Abbey Ruins and Crazy Carvings. 

 WHAT IS THE LEGEND OF SLANE HILL & ST. PATRICK? - St. Patrick was thought to have come to the hill "Hill of Slane" in 433 A.D. where an abbey would later be built. It is believed that St Patrick lit the first paschal fire on the hill in defiance of the pagan High King Lóegaire. The king, who resided at Tara, forbid any other fires being lit within view of Tara during the Beltaine Festival (Spring Equinox). 
Rob and Tom in a doorway to the Abbey
     According to, In Muirchú Moccu Mactheni's highly mythicized 7th century Life of Patrick, Lóegaire is described as "a great king, fierce and pagan, emperor of the barbarians." After a number of attempts by Lóegaire and others to kill St. Patrick, Lóegaire is warned by the saint that he must accept the faith or die. Having taken the counsel of his people, he submits and is baptized.  
   St Erc was believed to be a pagan druid converted by Patrick and appointed first Bishop of Slane. Erc is believed to have trained St  Brendan the Navigator at his church in Tralee, and ordained him priest in 512 AD. St Brendan is one of the 12 Apostles of Ireland. 

Ruins of the Abbey

Surviving windows of the friary
Kieran at the Slane Hill Abbey
The bell tower still stands over the cemetery, but the church doesn't

CHURCH BUILT -   In 1512, Sir Christopher Fleming founded a Franciscian Friary on this site and build a church with included a simple bell tower. All of the buildings are in ruins, but the windows, fireplaces and a "double garderobe (toilet) still remain intact. 

 STRANGE CARVINGS- Over the fireplaces and in certain areas of the Abbey were little gargoyle-like faces. Certainly not something you would expect to see in an Abbey. Over one fireplace in particular there was what looked like a dragon, so we took a picture of it.

NO GHOSTS - Nothing supernatural lingered here either. Apparently, since everything was in ruins, the energy dispersed and moved on!  
A dragon carving inside the Abbey over a fireplace


Gift/Memorial Suggestions

Several of our friends have lost loved ones (human and pets) and we found that one of the best ways to honor their memory is to give to an animal charity.
What better way to recognize a life of love, than by giving another life a chance for love?
We donate to many animal rescues, but because we volunteer with
DC Weimaraner Rescue and Coast-to-Coast Dachshund Rescue, those are our 2 favorites.
Consider giving the chance of life to a dog or cat.

About us

We're two married guys who enjoy the simple things in life, especially our dogs. We volunteer for dog rescues, enjoy splitting dinners, exercising, blogging, helping friends and neighbors, ghost investigations, coffee and tea, Tudor history, weather, superheroes, comic books, mystery novels, traveling, 70s and 80s music, classic country, piano, gardening, writing books on ghosts and spirits, architecture, keeping a clean house, cooking simply, and keeping in shape. You'll find tidbits of all of these things on this blog and more.

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!

Tom and Rob Thinking Hard!
Wondering what home project to do next