Newgrange To Show Winter Solstice Online
Fáilte Ireland and the OPW have this year teamed up to stream the winter Solstice at Newgrange.
Streaming live from the monument this Wednesday and Thursday, 20 & 21 December (from 8.30am both days), the state agencies have arranged that everyone who wishes to witness the unique winter Solstice effect within the passage tomb can do so.
Welcoming the initiative, Minister of State for Tourism and sport, Brendan Griffin TD said, "This is a fantastic way to share the unique magic of Newgrange with a much larger audience. It is also a great way to highlight the type of compelling history and heritage that Ireland offers as a destination.”
Minister of State with responsibility for the OPW, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, added, "Newgrange nestled in the Boyne Valley is an important historical site in Irelands Ancient Heritage which attracted over 207,000 visitors in 2016. Our annual Winter Solstice Lottery received over 33,000 applications to witness this event with winners from as far as Austria, Italy, Switzerland and the United States of America, showing the continuing fascination the Solstice has the world over."
Interested viewers who subscribe in advance to the Ireland Ancient East YouTube Channel will get alerts and be prompted to tune in at the appropriate times. The livestream will also be embedded and available to watch on the Ireland’s Ancient East websitehttp://www.irelandsancienteast.com/ on a special page which will also provide context within the wider ancient Ireland and the Boyne Valley story.