Newgrange isn't really new at all, but well worth the trip!
Newgrange isn’t really new at all. In fact, it’s really old.
Located in Co. Meath, roughly 50 kilometers outside of Dublin, you'll find this amazing structure that was crafted by stone age farmers about 5,200 years ago, making it older than Stonehenge or the Great Pyramids of Giza. So there really isn't anything new about Newgrange, but it is a modern marvel if you think about how far the rocks traveled before they were meticulously placed to create this structure. Can you imagine what a challenge it must have been to transport all of this material? (See all of the large boulders and smaller rocks behind that rough attempt of a selfie of my wife Mary and I.)
What is truly amazing is the way the passage and chambers are illuminated by the winter solstice sun. Around December 21st, the shortest day of the year, sunlight penetrates the chamber, lighting up the entire room. Between December 19th through the 23rd, a narrow beam of light pierces through the roof box and reaches the floor, gradually extending to the rear of the chamber. As the sun rises higher in the sky, the beam widens and creates a dramatic illuminating effect that lights up the whole room between about 9AM until 9:17AM. The accuracy of this light box is extraordinary given the time when this was built.
(Entryway of Newgrange)
The Newgrange mound is said to have been the home of Oenghus, the God of Love. Intricate carvings can be found throughout the site. You’ll see the tri-spiral design that has come to be referred to as the Triskelion, seen in our Sterling Silver Spiral Necklace, features a pattern of three interlocking spirals that exhibit rotational symmetry. The symbol looks as if it is in motion and is believed to signify energies, cycles and progress. Designers and craftsmen continue to draw upon the Celtic for inspiration, using spiral symbols in many different designs like our leather bracelet, flask and earrings.
(Carved boulders at the base of Newgrange)
If you find yourself in or around Co. Meath, Ireland, Newgrange is definitely worth the trip. It’s unlike anything you’ve seen. Visitors can get guided tours of Newgrange so you can continue to learn more.
Thank you for letting me share a little joy of Ireland with you. Slán go fóill - Bye for now