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The hymn tune SLANE is named for a hill about ten miles from Tara in County Meath. In 433 AD, St. Patrick defied High King Logaire of Tara. Logaire had ordained that no fires were to be lit before he began the pagan spring festival by lighting a fire on Tara Hill. St. Patrick defied him and the druid priests by lighting the Pascal candle on Easter Eve on Slane Hill.
The hymn tune SLANE came from a song known as "The Banks of the Bann," one of the great Northern Irish folk songs, first published by Patrick Joyce in Old Irish Folk Music and Songs, 1909. It was first associated with "Be Thou My Vision" in the Irish Church Hymnal of 1919.