Situated on the E-facing slope of the Hill of Slane, close to the summit. It forms the E end of the S range of the cloister buildings (ME019-060008-) and probably pre-dates them as it is on a slightly different alignment. It has three storeys with stairs in the NE and SW angles. The barrel-vaulted ground floor (int. dims c. 11.7m E-W; c. 4m N-S) has traces of wicker centring and is entered now through a wide opening in the W wall. The ground floor has three double-splayed loops on the S wall and one on the E wall. The N wall has two pointed doorways, at NE leading to a newel stairs while the other towards the W end leads past a mural stairs to the E range of the cloister. The first floor has two large windows in the S wall and another in the E that were probably adapted from smaller originals, and the garderobe tower at the SE angle is largely destroyed. A second storey has single small windows on the E and W walls, but the W and N walls do not survive above the vault. The stairs housing survives over the NE and SW angles. (Westropp 1901, 421-24; Bradley and King 1985, 147-9)
The above description is derived from the published 'Archaeological Inventory of County Meath' (Dublin: Stationery Office, 1987). In certain instances the entries have been revised and updated in the light of recent research.
Compiled by: Michael Moore
Date of revised upload: 22 June 2016
Description Source: National Monuments Service, Department of Arts, Heritage Regional, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs.