The first monastery there was founded by Saint. Erc, the first bishop of Slane. Various parts of this building were erected at different times and the oldest parts probably at some time in the fifth century. Saint Patrick is supposed to have consecrated the little church and for a while he lived there. There are great views from the top of the hill of the river Boyne winding its course to the sea and all around the rich green pastures of Meath, Louth and the Boyne Valley. Directly south is the Hill of Tara, seat of the High Kings of Ireland. The Loughcrew Cairns - Located at Dunore, The Loughcrew Cairns (Slieve na Calliagh) are a group of Passage Tombs dating from the Neolithic period (c.3,000BC). Cairn T, one of the largest in the complex, has impressive examples of prehistoric art, and is also the site of the famous "Hag's Chair". There is a panoramic view of the rich lands of Meath and the lakelands of Cavan among the 14 counties that can be seen from Carnbane East. Loughcrew is the birthplace of Saint Oliver Plunkett and the Plunkett family church is still standing. Newgrange Open Farm - Located close to Clane, a traditional working farm where you can enjoy a unique hands on experience. Visitors can hold and feed farm animals, view demonstration displays of crops, vintage farm machinery, tractor and trailer rides. There's also a Coffee shop, picnic area
and car park. The Megalithic Passage Tomb at Newgrange - now a UNESCO world heritage site, Newgrange tomb was built around 3200 BC. The kidney shaped mound covers an area of over one acre and is surrounded by 97 kerbstones, some of which are richly decorated with megalithic art. The 19 metre long inner passage leads to a cruciform chamber with a corbelled roof, designed light up the tomb during Winter Solstace. It is estimated that the construction of the Passage Tomb at Newgrange would have taken a work force of 300 at least 20 years.