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Standing in the interior of the Newgrange passage tomb our guide extinguishes her light. We are now awash in darkness. Unable to see the others, who are so close to us, we only know their presence by their whispers, in many respects, we feel utterly alone.

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close up of kerbstones shows the swirling patterns of Megalitic art
Photo above - kerbstones around the Newgrange mound The decoration of the stone was done by the time consuming task of knocking a smaller rock against the larger rock, thus flaking away at the larger rock's surface. .

more megalithic art on the kerbsones of Newgrange
Photo above - another view of the kerbstone.
See the Solstice at Newgrange as recorded in 2007. A very informative film from Ireland's Office of Public Works.

With in a few minutes our guide activates a light located with in the window (roof box) above the entrance. Slowly, as the light grows in strength, the inner chamber starts to glow, simulating what you might see if you were here during the morning of winter solstice.

Every year a lottery is held by the Ireland's Office of Public Works. If you sign up, you will not win any money but you can win a spot with in Newgrange's inner chamber for the winter solstice.

For 5 days every year at the end of December, a few minutes after sun rise, the sun lights the inner chamber of Newgrange. Weather permitting, around 100 people, are selected by lottery to view this event. If you which to summit your name for the lottery, you can enter it when you visit the Brú na BÓinne Visitor Center.
the guartzite white rock as seen on the Newgrange passage grave
Photo above - kerbstones set at the base of the Newgrange. The quartzite, white rocks, were cement in place during reconstruction. Today, many question the interpretation that the white rooks were an exterior facing of the mound, instead believing the white rocks were pavers of a sacred pathway leading up to the tomb.

Our tour of the interior of the tomb now complete we return down the passageway to exit through the entrance. We take our time exploring the exterior of the mound before hopping a bus and returning to the Visitor Center.

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Most of the information on this website was gather during my families July 2004 visit to Ireland