ENTERS THE NEWGRANGE CHAMBER
dawn on Winter Solstice every year, just after 9am, the sun begins
to rise across the Boyne Valley from Newgrange over a hill known
locally as Red Mountain. Given the right weather conditions, the
event is spectacular.
four and a half minutes past nine, the light from the rising sun
strikes the front of Newgrange, and enters into the passage through
the roofbox which was specially designed
to capture the rays of the sun.
the following fourteen minutes, the beam of light stretches into
the passage of Newgrange and on into the central chamber, where,
in Neolithic times, it illuminated the rear stone of the central
recess of the chamber. With simple stone technology, these wonderful
people captured a very significant astronomical and calendrical
moment in the most spectacular way.
photograph on left was taken in the chamber of Newgrange on December
21st 2003 by photographer Fran Caffrey.