What’s better than sitting on the banks of the Boyne on a summer’s day? Not much, unless you were sitting there with music legend David Bowie. In 1987, as part of his Glass Spider tour, the late musician performed a concert on 11 July to tens of thousands of fans in the iconic Boyne Valley venue of Slane Castle.
150 years ago, the first Irish Grand National steeplechase took place at Fairyhouse Racecourse, Co. Meath. Over the past century and a half this famous race in the Boyne Valley has become the premiere event on the Irish horse racing calendar. For the first Grand National the prize fund was 167 gold sovereigns and the winner was a horse named after the late prime minister Sir Robert Peel.
An exciting and interactive new exhibition on the Story of Kells was opened on May 30th by Brendan Griffin, TD, Minister of State at the Department of Transport, Tourism and Sport with a ceremonial cutting of the ribbon. The new permanent tourism exhibition, developed with a Fáilte Ireland investment of €125,000 and matchfunded by Meath County Council, has created a state of the art tourism exhibition. Meath County Council has invested in restoring the Kells Courthouse building to the highest standard and yesterday marked the official re-opening as a new
Púca is the name of Fáilte Ireland’s exciting new festival that aims to position Ireland internationally as the home of Halloween. The Minister of State for Tourism and Sport, Brendan Griffin, has announced the name of the festival, which will take place this year in Ireland’s Ancient East, and has been developed in partnership with Meath and Louth County Councils.
"Having made rock ‘n’ roll magic happen for the past 37 years, the good folk at Slane Castle are applying the same alchemy to their masterfully blended Slane Triple Casked Irish Whiskey."
On Monday 4 March the first of Fáilte Ireland’s 2019 marketing campaigns kicked off, featuring the sites and experiences of the Boyne Valley. The national TV and radio campaign will highlight the region as the ideal place to take a short break by showcasing the variety of experiences and attractions across the region in the leadup to St. Patrick’s Week, during the Easter holidays and beyond.
"Slane Distillery - The Boyne Valley is a paradise for artisanal food, and you can pick up a good selection at the Slane Distillery’s Christmas market..." - https://www.independent.ie/life/travel/ireland/20-best-christmas-markets-in-ireland-from-cosy-moseys-to-festival-fun-37570893.html
"Athboy and Ráth Chairn are to host next year’s Leinster Fleadh which takes place from 8th to 16th July, with the festival expected to attract up to 30,000 visitors to the area.
"My first glimpse of the Fleadh Cheoil; Ireland’s biggest, and most loved festival of Irish music, comes as I walked down Drogheda’s main street. Fleadh-bbergasted (I won’t do it again, I swear), I cannot get over the sheer volume of traditional Irish musicians who are performing outside nearly every pub, cafe and shop we see.
This is really fantastic coverage for the Boyne Valley region! Journalist Sarah Wolstencroft from The Scottish Sun was our guest recently as part of a media trip to Counties Louth and Meath. Sarah is full of positive praise for many of our tourism members and the hospitality that she received on her three-day trip here.