Episode 99 – Slane Castle’s Alex Conyngham

Slane Castle is one of Ireland’s most iconic venues

2021 marks the 40th anniversary of the Slane Concert Series at Ireland’s historic Slane Castle just 30 miles from Dublin. Launched by Henry Conyngham in 1981, the legendary recurring concert series boasts headliners like U2, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Queen, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and most recently (before COVID) Metallica in 2019, and attract approximately 80,000 fans annually. Today, Conyngham scion Alex Conyngham carries the mantle of the castle — as well as its legendary concert series. Additionally, Alex has co-founded Slane Irish Whiskey and built a distillery inside a 230-year-old renovated horse stable located on the castle grounds.

On this episode, we take rock fans backstage at one of Ireland’s most iconic venues. Alex Conyngham chats with Buddy Iahn giving a first hand account of 40 years of shows from the man who, as a child, snuck into the room where U2 stored its instruments during the recording of The Unforgettable Fire, and did a little “practicing” of his own. As Ireland has been locked down for much of the past two years due to the pandemic, we discuss the possibility of shows returning in 2022, and, of course, Slane Irish Whiskey and how fans can tour the facilities.

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Buddy Iahn
Buddy Iahn

Buddy Iahn founded The Music Universe when he decided to juxtapose his love of web design and music. As a lifelong drummer, he decided to take a hiatus from playing music to report it. The website began as a fun project in 2013 to one of the top independent news sites. Email: info@themusicuniverse.com

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