They have been a part of Slane village for many years now, but sadly the 23 white crosses along the wall on the approach to Slane bridge, which act as a memorial to all those who have lost their lives in traffic accidents in the area have become somewhat weather beaten over time.
And now Slane Men’s Shed has made new crosses, which are now ready for putting up, and Very Rev Richard Matthews Parish Priest of Slane recently blessed the crosses in a moving ceremony.
Over the years, weather and the huge volume of traffic passing by had left the crosses looking a bit the worse for wear.
The crosses on Mill Hill serve as a reminder of those who have died on the roads in Slane – 23 to date – and also as a reminder to motorists to slow down on this treacherous stretch of road.
At least 23 people have been killed on Slane bridge or the steep descents to it and there have been many more narrow escapes as well as countless serious accidents in the village itself.
The Bypass Slane Committee asked the Mens Shed to replace the crosses and they were happy to do it.
Slane bridge and the steep descents to it have been the scene of many horrific accidents over the past 40 years and local people can remember at least 23 people who lost their lives on the stretch of road through Slane from McGruder’s Cross to the top of Slane village.
Half of those who perished were locals.
The Bypass Slane Committee erected the crosses in 2009 and replaced them in 2014 after they had been vandalised.
Every day 11,000 vehicles pass through Slane and 2,000 of them are heavy goods vehicles.