Family History

Below you will find links to online resources that will help you with your family history research:

Here you will find historic Civil records of births (1864-1916) deaths (1864-1966) and marriages (1845-1941) from the General Registry Office and a selection of church records. 


1901 and 1911 Census Records 


Griffith's Valuation
The first full-scale valuation of property in ireland. It was overseen by Richard Griffith and published between 1847 and 1864.


A further list of Genealogy websites is available on the National Archives website

Christmas outing , 2015


This Christmas, the Slane History and Archaeology Society will travel to the TLT, Drogheda to see the Drogheda Male Voice Choir in "An Old Fashioned Christmas" on the 18th December at 8pm.
     Preceding the show, we will have an early bird meal in The Kitchen, South Quay, Drogheda.  Our bus will leave Slane car park  at 5.30 pm to arrive in The Kitchen by 6pm.
   The show will cost 26 euro, the meal 24euro and the bus 4euro.
   If you are interested in coming please contact me (email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 087 2222144) by this Thursday 26th November to book your place.
          Hoping it will be an enjoyable evening for all, Mary McDonnell.

About the Society

"People will not look forward to posterity who never look backward to their ancestors"

The above society, founded in 1994, has grown steadily over the years with a current membership of 70. Meetings are held in the Youth Café which is situated beside the Catholic Church in Slane at 8 p.m. The society has an ongoing programme of events and projects which includes talks/lectures and outings etc on local history topics. New members are always welcome.

founding committee


Founding Committee
(from left) Bill Ronan, Moyna Doherty, Terry Trench, Fr. Joe Dooley, Michael Leahy, Sheila Crehan. Madge Fortune (Treasurer) not in photo.

Slane parish provides a rich heritage containing within its bounds the ancient pagan monuments at Newgrange, Knowth and Dowth with the Christian site on the Hill of Slane and St. Erc's Hermitage on the bank of the Boyne. Over the years sub-committees have researched many subjects including Slane Races, 1798 Rebellion, Slane in the 1940's as well as Senior Citizens anecdotes and memories of bygone days. The latter has been videoed and recorded for posterity.

Another sub-committee had a plaque erected at the house in Slane Village where Dean Cogan was born. He compiled the first history of the Diocese of Meath.

Last year a sub-committee was formed to research the life of locally born sculptor and artist John Cassidy. This culminated in an exhibition of his works in October 2004.



Two historical journals have been published to date. The first one entitled "150th Anniversary of Slane National School" which deals with the history of the school since its foundation in 1847 was published in 1997. "The Old Frequented Ways", published in 2000, contains articles on the local history and folklore of Slane. It was written by members of the society and can be purchased from any of the officers.

historical journals


Field trips and outings, to places of historical interest, are organised during the summer. At Christmas a visit to the theatre or concert hall is enjoyed. Sometimes a dinner in a local restaurant or hotel fits the bill.