Happy Winter Solstice Day. This is Newgrange Co Meath, which on mornings around the winter solstice- if it isn't too cloudy- a beam of light penetrates the roof-box and travels up the 19 metre passage and into the chamber. As the sun rises higher, the beam widens so that the whole chamber is dramatically illuminated. Newgrange is thought to be over 5,000 years old, It was excavated and restored between 1962 and 1975 and is now part of the Brú na Bóinne wolrd heritage landscape.
Trim Castle, not too far away in County Meath, is also worth visiting. The largest Norman Castle in Ireland, work started in 1176. one year before the Norman invasion of Ulster.
Marks of Time
Sketches of buildings in the North West of Ireland and further afield with a little information about their history.