Watch The Newgrange Winter Solstice live online this year

Many Louth people will be tuning in to watch the magical phenomenon

Tia Clarke

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Tia Clarke

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tia.clarke@dundalkdemocrat.ie

IDDT Newgrange

The Winter Solstice takes place in the early morning of December 21 each year

The Newgrange Winter Solstice 2017 will be streamed live to people around the world tomorrow. 

The Winter Solstice takes place in the early morning of December 21 each year when the light from the rising sun aligns perfectly with the roof-box opening of the Newgrange neolithic passage tomb, travels up the 19m corridor and enters the watertight central chamber where it illuminates it completely.  

And now, for the first time ever people from all the world can tune in live to watch this magical phenomenon created by the early Irish some 5000 years ago. 

Thousands of people from all over the world apply to see the happening in person each year.

However, the small size of the ancient stone room means only a tiny number can be accommodated - and purely by lottery.

This year marks a very special anniversary. It was 50 years ago that Newgrange’s great secret was first unveiled.

Newgrange predates the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge by 400 and 1,000 years respectively.

Brú na Bóinne - ‘the Palace of the Boyne’ - is a UNESCO World Heritage site and one of the wonders of Ireland’s Ancient East.

The live streaming will take place 8.30am on Thursday, December 21st. The link will be shared 10 minutes prior to screening at www.youtube.com/irelandsancienteast 

For further information on Newgrange and the Winter Solstice as well as other amazing experiences to rediscover for yourself, see www.irelandsancienteast.com

You can now beat those the queues by booking your visit on Newgrange’s new online booking platform here