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Slane Castle, Dublin

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Published on Aug 26, 2012

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(Video taken on Wednesday 22nd August 2012)

Slane Castle history (Brief)

Slane Castle celebrated its bicentennial year in 1985, an occasion that was marked by the official opening of the Castle to the public.



The Castle as you see it today was reconstructed under the direction of William Burton Conyngham, and his nephew the first Marquess Conyngham, who inherited the Slane Estate form his uncle General Henry Conyngham on his death in 1796. This reconstruction commenced in 1785, and is principally the work of James Gandon, James Wyatt and Francis Johnston. Francis Johnston, one of Irelands most distinguished architects, is responsible for the dramatic gothic gates on the Mill Hill in Slane.



The present head of the Conyngham family is the seventh Marquess Conyngham, and the castle is owned by his eldest son, Henry, the present Earl of Mount Charles, continuing an active association between the Conynghams and Slane Castle dating back to the beginning of the eighteenth century.

Throughout the centuries, Slane Castle has entertained a variety of guests from historical figures including King George IV for whom the Ballroom was originally designed to modern legends like U2, Madonna, the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, AC/DC and The Rolling Stones. Indeed, it has become famed worldwide as the original Rock n Roll castle with a very colourful past its infamous nightclub became a regular haunt for rock stars including Mick Jagger, Bono et al leaving no doubt that if the walls of Slane Castle could talk, they would regale some very interesting tales.

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