SLANE HAS played host to celebrity weddings and rock royalty in the past, but never an arm-wrestling competition -- until now that is!
One of the many Local Heroes from the village Robert Berrill organised the night in Boyle's, to raise money for the annual party in the old folks' home, but sadly didn't take home any trophies himself.
'I wrestled, but was bet in seconds,' he says with a laugh.
'We had a great night, with over €700 collected at the event, all of which went to host the party.'
A raffle was held on the night with thanks to local business for providing prizes, The Old Post Office Restaurant, Slane Pharmacy, Boyles Pub, The Handmade Soap Commpany The Boyne Valley Inn, Pats Art Studio, Patti Harding for supplying a massive hamper and Tully Bookmakers.
'With about 80 people in Boyles to view the goings on, everyone was getting excited as no one knew what was about to happen,' says Robert.
'Our hosts on the night were the wonderful george Rock and Carmel Coffey, and we had four ladies competing alongside 18 lads.
' There were some great bouts, but the best of all was between Boyle's owner Ditte Cassidy and eventual winner Hazel Harding,' adds Robert, who was one of the founding members of the hugely successful Slane Local Heroes campaign.
' Their fight when on for about 10 minutes, and neither of them would give up!'
The Old Folks Party took place in Boyles Pub a week before Christmas with 38 senior citizens attending.
The wonderful Gloria and Patrice provided the entertainment for the evening, with Fr Joe Deegan (local Parish Priest) and Tom Kerrigan providing the comedy act.
The food was supplied by The Poets Rest and a wonderful day was had by all.