Winter Solstice sunrise at Newgrange - 19th December 2004
In 2004 the actual winter solstice
fell on December 21st, however the sunrise
illuminates the passage and chamber at Newgrange for a few days around the
actual solstice date. The weather forecast was promising for Sunday the 19th, so I
joined a small group at the entrance to the mound and was duly rewarded
with a beautiful sunrise.
Sunlight beginning to illuminate the white quartz front of Newgrange at 9:02am
Newgrange entrance fully illuminated by glorious rays of sunshine at 9:15am
Sun light in the passage at Newgrange viewed from the entrance.
Sunrise over a standing stone viewed from the entrance of Newgrange.
The lucky people selected by lottery
leaving the chamber at 9:22am
Boyne Valley Private Day Tours
Pick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour:
Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice,
Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick let a Paschal fire in 433