Steeped in both history and myth, the Hill of Tara is seen the world over as the ancient capital of Ireland and seat of its High Kings. The tales tells of magical kings, queens, sorcerers and demons, whilst the archaeology of the hill suggests it was in use for millennia as a site of burial and of the rituals of kingship and feasting.
"Minister Moran said: “I am delighted to be here alongside Minister Madigan to celebrate the 50th anniversary since Prof MJ O’Kelly rediscovered the sunrise illumination on the chamber at Newgrange on the Winter Solstice and to witness the live streaming of this phenomenon in association with Fáilte Ireland." - http://www.meathchronicle.ie/news/roundup/articles/2017/12/22/4150088-solstice-visitors
"Walking up the mound of Newgrange, we’re treading in our ancestors’ footsteps." - https://www.irishtimes.com/culture/heritage/clouds-hamper-newgrange-sunrise-but-crowds-still-humbled-by-solstice-1.3334963
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"Dozens of people, lucky enough to be selected through an annual lottery, get the chance to stand inside the Newgrange monument in Ireland and absorb the first rays of the day as they fill the ancient chambers during the winter solstice." - http://time.com/5060889/winter-solstice-rituals/
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"The Office of Public Works put together an exhibition celebrating its history and achievements, part of which will be displayed at the OPW HQ in Trim until March 2018" - https://www.opw.ie/en/pressreleases/articleheading,38567,en.html
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Read this great article on "11 Irish counties that will take you by surprise when you visit Ireland" featuring Louth - http://irishpost.co.uk/11-irish-counties-will-take-surprise-visit-ireland/
Published on Irishpost.co.uk
Every winter solstice (21st December), the shortest day of the year, something truly extraordinary occurs in the Boyne Valley. On this morning, and on the days around it, the rising sun shines across the river and up into the world famous Neolithic passage tomb at Newgrange. The long and narrow passage is perfectly aligned with the sunrise. This amazing feat of engineering was constructed around 3200BC, making it the oldest astronomically aligned structure in the world.
Ireland’s towns and villages exemplify charm, cheer and history. These are six of the best in Ireland’s Ancient East - http://www.ireland.com/en-gb/articles/charming-towns-and-villages-of-irelands-ancient-east/
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