Riots in Slane

The night before Bob Dylan played at Slane Castle the village of Slane became the target of mob violence. 

On 8 July 1984 the village of Slane county Meath was mobbed and the local Garda station was held under siege. Twelve Gardaí were trapped in their station house and had to be rescued by Gardaí brought in from outside.  

Seven civilians and three Gardaí were hurt in the disturbances, and seven people were arrested.

40,000 people are expected to attend the concert at Slane Castle. Landowner, Henry Mount Charles said he was appalled by the violence and said that the disturbances would influence his plans for future concerts. 

Despite the violence, the concert went ahead as planned.

Anne Doyle introduces this report from Slane by Joe O'Brien for RTÉ News on 8 July 1984.

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