Hill of Slane and Slane Abbey
The Hill of Slane rises above the Boyne River valley to heights from you can see the Wicklow mountains south of Dublin, east to Drogheda and the Irish Sea, northward into the North of Ireland, southwest to the regal Hill of Tara and West to the motte upon which stood the ring fort of the earliest settlers. Atop the Hill of Slane are the ruins of a Franciscan Monastery built in 1512 by Christopher Fleming capped by the commanding belltower of Saint Patrick's Church. You can still climb the close, narrow spiral stone staircase to the peak of the tower and have a long look at the landscapes just described.
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