Newgrange at sunset

To celebrate the Winter Solstice, we're reading up on one of Ireland's oldest monuments, Newgrange. Here's some fun facts:

  • Newgrange is more than 600 years older than the Pyramids in Eygyt and more than 1,000 years older than Stonehenge
  • In Celtic mythology Newgrange is said to be a dwelling for the gods. The monument was said to house The Dagda, and his son Aengus.
  • Newgrange is believed to be used as a burial ground for celebrated Irish figures. It is regularly mentioned in Irish folklore.
  • Amazingly, Newgrange is linked with astrology. On the shortest day of the year, the rising sun perfectly aligns with the structure, lighting up the inner chambers for 17 minutes.
  • Admission to witness this special occurrence doesn't come easily, tickets are in high demand and won by lottery. There are only 50 spaces permitted each year.