Slane's peace is broken by the rumble of traffic - or an oncoming election
The Taoiseach, to the surprise of absolutely nobody at all, was running late for the launch of his party's 'Standing Up for Rural Ireland' campaign in Slane. But the hiatus did give those waiting for his arrival into the village an opportunity to witness the noisy procession of traffic which rumbles endlessly down the Main Street.
Slane is a pretty spot which is in the process of picking itself off the floor. Ten new businesses have been set up in the past three years - the Conyngham Arms Hotel, which was the venue for yesterday's launch, reopened in 2012 after a total overhaul.
But dear oh dear, the traffic is wojus. Lurries the size of football stadiums roar past in numbers, as do cars, trucks and tractors. For Slane is a bit of both worlds, being in a rural setting, but also situated just a short commute to the capital city.