This building was started about 1798 by Dr. Michael O'Hanlon. The stone tablet over the west door is inscribed: Mount Charles 1802. Michael O'Hanlon, born near Dowth, graduated in Bordeaux, became curate of Slane and was given leave of absence to accompany Mr. Caddel of Harbourstown as chaplain and companion on a tour to the Continent. They were put up at the Irish College in Paris, with whose President Father O'Hanlon was acquainted. While they were having dinner, they heard someone asking if they knew a Colonel Conyngham from Ireland. Father O'Hanlon said he did and he was taken to a Military Tribunal where Colonel Conyngham stood as a prisoner. Father O'Hanlon spoke on his behalf and gave him and his family much praise. Colonel Conyngham's life was spared and he was released. Father O'Hanlon took up his duties as curate, and later as parish priest of Slane. In 1796 Colonel Conyngham succeeded to the inheritance of Slane. When Father O'Hanlon went to congratulate him, the Colonel remembered that he saved his life and asked him if he had any particular wish. Father O'Hanlon said his people only had a barn to worship in. Conyngham gave the site and helped to build the new church and the round tower belfry.

 

Medieval Font.

At the back of the church is the medieval font that comes from the church on the hill, a plain eight-sided vessel with a modern support and cover. In 'The Fonts of Meath' by Helen M. Roe it is said that the font stayed in the deserted church until it was given by the Marquis Conyngham in the nineteenth century to the then new Catholic church.

Wandering Pigs and Others.

Pigs were the problem in towns all over Ireland, and Slane vestry had to deal with them too. Here are some of the entries in this minute book. On the 25th of March 1788 John Ogle said if he caught any pigs or cattle grazing in the churchyard he would shoot them, if he was paid four pounds for the year. On the 22nd of April 1794, 'John Ogle has for the past year neglected his duty in shooting pigs in this town and so he will be fined five shillings for each pig seen on the streets and will receive the sum of two shillings and eight pence for each pig he kills, the same to be paid by the churchwarden on producing the dead pig.'

The main altar in St.Patrick's Church

In the Millennium Jubilee Year two plaques were erected, one on either side of the main entrance.These plaques were created by a local artistand pose the question Who will carry the light? To which we will answer - We the adults and children of the present, will carry the light of faith into the new Millennium.

 

Fennor Cross Head.

During a clean up of Fennor churchyard in February 1991, Fr. Dooley, parish priest of Slane, discovered the remains of a High Cross.

The original sandstone fragment is now on permanent display in St. Patrick's Catholic Church.

 

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