Newgrange in Co. Meath, Ireland
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Ireland is steeped in history and I find the pre Christian Pagan folklore and traditions particularly interesting. Remnants of this time can be found all throughout the island. One such place is Newgrange located in Co.Meath on the east of the country.
It is a large stone age passage tomb. It was built around 3,200 BC which makes it older than both Stonehenge and The Pyramids of Giza.
It is debated about what the site was used for exactly by our ancient ancestors but was more than likely a place of spirituality and solace. It is designed in such a way that above the entrance to the passage at Newgrange there is a opening called a roof-box. Its purpose is to allow sunlight to enter the chamber around December 21st, the winter solstice the shortest day of the year. The sunlight will slowly creep through the roof-box and illuminate the whole chamber for around 17mins.
There is such demand to witness this event that people can enter a lottery to gain access to it and experience what the ancients did waiting for the Sun to signal the beginning of a new year.
I asked Phillip how and when to get there:
In regards to Newgrange you would need to get a bus there from Dublin it's about an hour or rent a car. It is not accessible by train, and the train infrastructure in Ireland is horrible. It costs about 10euro to get in as far as I remember. Weather is pretty mental in Ireland you can get 4 seasons in a day but from May to Sept is generally a good time to come cause the days are long we have sunlight till 10 in the evening 11 on the west coast even.
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