Harding’s pub in Slane is celebrating 35 years in business with some special events from Thursday September 22nd to Sunday 25th.
The celebrations kick off on Thursday 22nd with a talk by Irish Times journalist Ronan McCreevy on "Mine are all dead men’s dreams; What would Francis Ledwidge have done had he survived the First World war?".
This will be followed by music from a number of very talented local musicians, then on Friday they will be joined by members of the two in a row All Ireland Ladies winning team followed by music by Juc box and on Saturday from 6pm to 8pm members of the 1987 All Ireland winning Meath team will go along to watch the 87 final followed that night by music from Equipped.
On Sunday there will be music by a group of musicians from Slane's Men Shed and after that by Mike Mac.
Wayne Harding from The Village Inn is really looking forward to the weekend.
"We have some really good music lined up and are delighted to acknowledge the great work The Ledwidge Museum Committee have done for the village since the museum opened 40 years ago,” says the local councillor. “We had so many great nights throughout The Boylan years as my father and my uncle Anthony purchased the pub in the same year that Meath made their big break through.”
He recalls his first brush with fame at the neigbouring castle!
“Our first rock concert was when David Bowie brought his Glass Spider tour to Slane Castle and it was my job as a 16 year old to slide slabs of cans down from an upstairs window to sell out onto the street,” he says with a laugh. “We have been here for every concert since and are really looking forward to Harry Styles coming next June. I have always loved the buzz the concerts bring and we have had members of U2 in over the years. Photos are flooding in and we will have hundreds of pictures from over the years on display”.