"A fascinating insight into Ireland's ancient burial sites" - Irish Independent
Dowth: Winter Sunsets, by Anne-Marie Moroney
possibly the oldest of the three major tumuli in the Bend of the
Boyne in county Meath, Ireland, shares a special solar celebration
with neighbouring Newgrange
during the winter solstice.
From November to February the rays of the evening sun reach into
the passsage and then the chamber of Dowth
South. During the winter solstice the light of the low sun
moves along the left side of the passage, then into the circular
chamber, where three stones are lit up by the sun.
convex central stone reflects the sunlight in to a dark recess,
lighting up the decorated stones there. The rays then recede slowly
along the right side of the passage and after about two hours
the sun withdraws from Dowth South.
book gives a general description of the Dowth tumulus, celebrates
the sunrise at the mound and then concentrates on the midwinter
sunset in the souther passage.
Winter Sunsets is richly illustrated with original photography
and drawings by the author.
photo (left) shows the front of kerbstone 51 in the early morning
sun in February 1998.
afternoon sun beginning to shine on the stones on the left side
of the passage. Early January 1998.
on the left side of the southern passage, on the sillstone and on
the floor of the chamber. January 1998.
afternoon sun in the passage, on the sillstone and in the chamber
of Dowth South. January 1998.
(Above): A sunbeam pouring into the passage and chamber in the early
afternoon, January 1998. (Above right): Sunlight viewed from the
floor of the circular chamber. Picture taken after 3pm in Jan/Feb
2000. (Right): A broad sunbeam reaching along the floor of the chamber
towards the base of C7, mid-January 1999.
South - Chamberstone 7 and the floor of the circular chamber illuminated
by an afternoon sunbeam in Jan/Feb 1998.
South - On a mid afternoon in February 1998 the sun retreats along
the right side of the passage at Dowth.
by Anne-Marie Moroney, Flax Mill Publications, Drogheda, Ireland.
ISBN 0-9533822-3-0, (1999, reprinted 2000).
book is available from: Anne-Marie Moroney, Kiplings, Begrath,
Tullyallen, Drogheda, Co. Louth , Ireland. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Price: £ 5.00 + £ 1.00 for p&p.
Left): Drawings on the back of Kerbstone
51 at Dowth. This stone is wedge-shaped. The photo was taken
on a spring afternoon in natural light. (Above right): The entrance
to the passage and chamber of Dowth
South, taken shortly after sunrise in mid December 1998.