The Conynghams & Slane Castle

About the Distillery

The Slane Castle Distillery will be located the collection of 18th Century courtyards and farmyard buildings that are adjacent to the Conyngham ancestral family home – Slane Castle. Using traditional timber washbacks and copper pot stills, the distillery will produce a range of premium triple distilled single malt and pot still Irish whiskeys. From the 1,500 acres on the Slane Castle Estate the distillery will also be the only one in Ireland to grow, mill and malt its own barley. Growing trials of various barley varieties are currently underway and the Estate plans to grow older, rare strains and organic barley to create a boarder range of traditional whiskeys.
The distillery will also be open to visitors from 2017 and guests can enjoy an engaging tour that will take in the witness the whole production process in, beginning at the grain in the ground and ending with the whiskey in the bottle. See for more details.

The Home of Rock n Roll in Ireland: The History of Slane Castle and Concerts

Thin Lizzy headlined the inaugural concert in the summer of 1981 and since then Slane has hosted some of the most memorable and largest outdoor concerts in Ireland. The Rolling Stones, Madonna, Queen, Bob Dylan, Robbie Williams, David Bowie, U2, Eminem, Bruce Springsteen, Kings Of Leon, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Oasis and REM are just some of the world renowned acts that have played at the venue.

 –16th August 1981 THIN LIZZY – supported by U2 / Hazel O’Connor / Rose Tattoo / Sweet Savage / The Bureau / Megahype

-24th July 1982 ROLLING STONES – supported by J.Geils Band / The Chieftans / George Thorogood and the Destroyers

-8th July 1984 BOB DYLAN – supported by UB40 / Santanta / In Tua Nua


-5th July 1986 QUEEN – supported by Chris Rea / Bangles / Fountain Head

-11th July 1987 DAVID BOWIE – supported by Big Country / Aslan/ The Grove

-16th May 1992 GUNS N’ ROSES – supported by Faith No More / My Little Funhouse

-10th July 1993 NEIL YOUNG – supported by Pearl Jam / Van Morrison / Saw Doctors / James/ 4 Non Blondes/ The Blue Angels

-22nd July 1995 REM – supported by Oasis / Spearhead / Sharon Shannon / Belly / Luka Bloom

-29th August 1998 THE VERVE – supported by Manic Street Preachers /Robbie Williams / Finlay Quaye / The Sea Horses / James / Junkster

-28th August 1999 ROBBIE WILLIAMS – supported by Stereophonics / Placebo / Happy Mondays / Gomez / David Gray / Simon Carmody

-26th August 2000 BRYAN ADAMS supported by Moby / Macy Gray / Melanie C / Muse / Eagle Eye Cherry / Dara / Screaming Orphans

-25th August 2001 U2 – supported by Red Hot Chili Peppers / Coldplay / Kelis / JJ72 / Relish

-1st September 2001 U2 – supported by Moby / Ash / Nelly Furtado / The Walls / Dara

-21st August 2002 STEREOPHONICS – supported by The Charlatans / Nickelback / Counting Crows / Ocean ColourScene / Doves / The Revs

-23rd August 2003 RED HOT CHILI PEPPERS – supported by Foo Fighters / Queens of Stone Age / PJ Harvey/Feeder.

-29th August 2005 MADONNA

-18th August 2007 ROLLING STONES – supported by The Charlatans / The Hold Steady / Tinariwen / Frankie Gavin

-20th June 2009 OASIS – supported by The Prodigy / Kasabian / Glasvegas / The Blizzards

-28th May 2011 KINGS OF LEON
 – supported by Elbow / Thin Lizzy / White Lies / Mona / The Whigs

-15th June 2013 BON JOVI – supported by The Corona’s / Bressie / Ham Sandwich (same date Rock Farm Slane opened its gates to visitors for the first time too)

-17TH August 2013 EMINEM – supported by Plan B / Earlwolf / Yelawolf / Slaughterhouse / Chance The Rapper

-30 May 2015 FOO FIGHTERS – supported by Kaiser Chiefs / Hozier