Ireland

This is my guide to Ireland, everything from Irish tourist attractions and sights, Irish history , Irish food and recipes, folklore and mythology to the people and culture along with a few Irish superstitions and traditions. Your guide to Ireland by an Irish woman living and raising a family in Ireland

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Newgrange

Newgrange - Bru na Boinne

Newgrange is a stone age passage tomb situated in the Boyne valley. It is over 5000 years old and is even older than stonehenge in England. It is actually even older than the great pyramid of Giza in Egypt!
Newgrange was built during the Neolithic or New Stone age and was built by a farming community.  It can only be visited by guided tour from the Bru na Boinne visitor center and can be completely booked out for long periods.
It is an ancient temple with spiritual and ceremonial importance and has been declared a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

The Winter Solstice

At dawn from the 19th to the 23rd of December a narrow beam of light penetrates a roof box in the cruciform chamber of Newgrange and reaches the chamber floor slowly extending to the rear of the passage creating amazing illuminations that last about 17 minutes.  Visitors wait in the dawn darkness to catch this yearly occurance.  Newgrange brings over 200,000 visitors a year.

Myths about Newgrange

It is said that Newgrange is the buriel place of Lugh Lamhfada, the spiritual father of mythical hero Cuchulainn. It is also said to be the place he was conceived by his mother Dechtine.

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