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Newgrange is a 5,000-year-old earthen monument that works as an astronomical clock. Unlike Stonehenge, there is no equivocation on this: the entire passageway illuminates on the shortest days of the year. Like many raths, mottes and barrows, it bears a hefty weight of mythology and assorted legends. I might have drawn on a few for my recent novel.

Newgrange temple mound

Newgrange with its quartz and granite facade






I’ve been a regular visitor to Newgrange since 1997 and have been one of the lucky few to see the actual sunrise on a midwinter morning from within the chamber. (A big thanks to my husband for that opportunity.)

Midwinter Solstice Sunrise from outside Newgrange

Midwinter Solstice Sunrise from outside Newgrange










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