We are all laying low now across the country and the world, retreating to our homes and cocooning within our family units due to Covid-19. The best side of people has come out with many communities across Ireland coming together virtually to support each other, hospitality businesses doing their best to support the national effort by offering PPE and food to front line staff. This is a very different time for us all and hopefully one that we can rally through together.
150 years ago, the first Irish Grand National steeplechase took place at Fairyhouse Racecourse, Co. Meath. Over the past century and a half this famous race in the Boyne Valley has become the premiere event on the Irish horse racing calendar. For the first Grand National the prize fund was 167 gold sovereigns and the winner was a horse named after the late prime minister Sir Robert Peel.
These are the stunning snaps of Ireland’s premier historic site that author Anthony Murphy captured on a recent frosty morning.
He said: “I had been waiting to fly the drone during the winter.
“I was waiting for the perfect morning with frost and mist. I captured all three of the great monuments on the same morning and it had been my intention to do so for some time.
“It was early in the morning and the sun was low.”
On Friday last, the first phase of the Boyne Valley to Lakeland Greenway was given the green light with funding of €500,000 announced. The funding will allow the construction of the Greenway from Navan to Wilkinstown.
The funding for this phase of the project will allow for the start of construction and provision of signage, furniture and lighting along the Greenway.
With the most recent tourist figures released indicating that tourism was worth €9.4bn to the state in 2019 (international & domestic) and 9.6mn overseas visitors coming into the country, the tourism industry in the Boyne Valley gathered at Monasterboice Inn this week to prepare for the season ahead. Over 50 businesses attended a networking event hosted by Boyne Valley Tourism on Tuesday 11th February and had the opportunity to learn from each other and create new tourism experiences. Latest trends for social media marketing were relayed by guest speaker Joe Wilde from MacDigital.
(Story by Sally Harding)
A new state-of-the-art Visitor Experience at the Brú na Bóinne centre was opened today following a €4.5m investment by Fáilte Ireland, OPW and Department of Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht.
The new immersive visitor experience will showcase the archaeological and historical heritage of Brú na Bóinne in a way that is evocative, absorbing and entertaining for visitors while increasing the capacity of visitors to the site and monuments.
"Buried under lifetimes of soil, the Neolithic passage tomb of Newgrange is swathed in the green grassy hills of Boyne Valley, with the Wicklow mountains looming darkly ahead in the distance." - https://www.irishexaminer.com/breakingnews/lifestyle/from-mystical-tombs-to-samhain-festivities-why-boyne-valley-is-the-real-home-of-halloween-955927.html
"Who built Newgrange and the other Boyne Valley passage tombs – and why? It remains one of archaeology’s most intractable questions. In a renewed effort to find some answers, archaeologists are using chemistry to analyse molecules in bone, pottery and artefacts found during early digs at Newgrange and Knowth." - https://www.irishtimes.com/news/science/molecular-archaeology-can-reveal-newgrange-s-secrets-1.4023929
"Return business is the lifeblood of any business and Knightsbrook, which is situated just three minutes from historic Trim in Co Meath, has enjoyed no shortage of loyalty from its customers since it opened 13 years ago." - https://www.independent.ie/sport/golf/tee-to-green/bespoke-experience-the-key-at-welcoming-knightsbrook-38534973.html
"Seven tour operators from the Middle East explored the island of Ireland in September, as guests of Tourism Ireland, Fáilte Ireland and Tourism NI." - https://www.fft.ie/middle-eastern-tour-operators-visit-ireland/28581