Experience the magic of the Winter Solstice in Newgrangre, Ireland from anywhere via a YouTube live stream on Ireland’s Ancient East channel on the 20th and 21st of December, from 12:30 to 13:15 GST.
Newgrange, the 5,000 year old Neolithic monument, older than the Egyptian Pyramids, is situated in the Boyne Valley, County Meath. A spectacular feat of Stone Age Engineering, it is considered one of the most ancient “solar clocks”. Every year, archaeology and astronomy enthusiasts from around the world spend a morning at Newgrange during Winter Solstice to witness how a single shaft of light pierces the monument through a perfectly placed window box at the monument’s passage entrance, glowing in a golden path all the way to the burial chamber at its heart. How such astronomical accuracy was achieved so many millennia ago is still a mystery!
A truly magical event, this breathtaking phenomenon Is one to remember for decades to come. The Winter Solstice takes place on December 21 each year and only a lucky few are selected by yearly lottery to enter the burial mound during its phenomenal 5,000-year-old light show.
How to get there? – Both Etihad and Emirates offer double-daily flights to Dublin from Abu Dhabi and Dubai, respectively. Newgrange is an hour drive from Dublin.
For more information, visit: http://www.ireland.com/en-ar/
To watch the livestream of the solstice sunbeam at Newgrange, go to: ireland.com/wintersolstice
- Newgrange Facts: Located in Donore, County Meath. Entrance is strictly via the Brú na Bóinne Centre. 33,000 people applied in 2017, only 60 lucky people got tickets and each may bring a guest. The Winter Solstice Lottery is drawn in September every year. Find out how to enter here.
- Located some 50 km from Dublin, Newgrange is the largest in a group of Neolithic passage graves in Brú na Bóinne, an area located around the Boyne Valley, County Meath.
- Newgrange is the jewel in the crown of a region Tourism Ireland promotes as Ireland’s Ancient East, an area with a rich history stretching back 5,000 years, where every cairn has a story, every castle turret has a tale, and every hill may hide a heroic saga.
- Described by one visiting journalist as “5,000-year-old Stone-Age engineering”, the passage tomb at Newgrange is not your typical resting place. It’s a UNESCO World Heritage Site, for one. It predates both the Pyramids of Giza in Egypt and Stonehenge in Britain.
- Awareness of the solstice phenomenon at Newgrange has grown enormously since then and nowadays crowds gather outside Newgrange every year. The fortunate few who are allowed to go inside the burial chamber are chosen by lottery. People travel from all over the world to be there, if they are lucky enough to get one of the winning tickets.