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U2 connects something really special with Slane Castle. Located in the beautiful Boyne Valley it can be hired for weddings, conferences or the like. Once a year it is also a venue for concerts. Already in 1981 U2 had their first performance as a support act for Thin Lizzy. History continues in 1984, when U2 made recordings for 'The Unforgettable Fire' in the rooms of the castle. Lord Henry Mountcharles, Slane Castle’s owner, talked about that in an interview published in Hotpress Magazine in August 2004 (News).

In 1991 the eastern part of the castle was damaged by fire. Restorations finished in 2001.

U2's return to Slane Castle equally took place in 2001, after permission was granted for a concert on 1 September. Unsurprisingly the concert sold out very fast, and since November 2003 it is available on DVD as 'U2 Go Home'.




Irelandkarte Nr. 2 | Basically there are two possibilities to get from Dublin down to Slane Castle. The easiest route should be to follow the N2. The fastest route is via the motorway M1 (a charge applies) west of Drogheda, then turn on the N51. In Slane drive up the hill in the direction of Navan. Shortly after Slane you can already see a fence on the right side, behind which is the estate of Slane. A few meters further, through an archway, you get directly up to the castle.


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