Newgrange Trip Report Print

On Saturday 19th October 2013 the society ran a trip to Newgrange Neolithic tomb in County Meath.

Newgrange

Ten members got up early and travelled down together.

Members

Newgrange is about 5000 years old and is older than the pyramids and Stonehenge and also holds the distinction of being a UNESO world heritage site.

It is the most well known monument with the Bru na Boinne complex and sits alongside the similar passage tombs of Knowth and Dowth .

Knowth

Inside Knowth

Once a year on the winter solstice the sun shines directly along the passageway into the burial chamber which is illuminated for around 17 minutes.

Current day visitors are treated to a re-enactment of this event through the use of electric lights within the tomb. A slow and steady light starts to creep its way through the passageway eventually lighting up the whole chamber it was a unique and incredible experience to witness

Visitors to the centre can enter a lottery to see the real thing! A few of us entered so you never know.

The entrance to the burial chamber with 5000 year old stone carvings.

Outside the entrance

It was a great day and everyone really enjoyed it! Its roughly an hour and half drive from Belfast but it is well worth a visit.
Report by Geraldine Gribben

Details and directions to Newgrange and further information can be found at the following address: www.newgrange.com

 

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