Farewell 2018 - the year in photographs

As we say goodbye to 2018, which was a fantastic year for Mythical Ireland, I've had a look through my photographs for the past year and am sharing my favourites here.

Snow at Newgrange in spring. We had one of the worst snow storms in living memory, dubbed The Beast from the East.
A bird greets summer sunrise on the Hill of Slane.
Lughnasa sunset at Cairn S, Loughcrew.
Síd in Broga (Newgrange) under a winter starry sky.
A Sheela-na-gig carved into a standing stone on the Hill of Tara.
Sunrise through the fog at the bell tower on the Hill of Slane.
A beautiful sunny autumn day at the Drombeg stone circle in County Cork.
Wheel of fire ... celebrating the Bealtaine fire festival at the Hill of Uisneach.
Saint Kevin's Church and bell tower, Glendalough, Co. Wicklow, in the evening sunshine.
The full moon rises behind the martello tower at Millmount, Drogheda.
Sunset at Síd in Broga (Newgrange).
A brooding sky at Bohonagh Stone Circle, Co. Cork.
Megalithic art on the Equinox Stone, Cairn T (the Hag's Cairn), Slieve na Calliagh, Loughcrew, Co. Meath.
Winter sunrise at Crossmacole Cemetery, Co. Meath.
Donaghmore round tower, near Navan, Co. Meath, at twilight.
Twilight at Samhain at the stone circle of Drombeg, Co. Cork.
Snow and sun halo at the Hag's Chair, Cairn T, Slieve na Calliagh, Loughcrew, Co. Meath.
Megalithic art on kerb stone 67 at Síd in Broga (Newgrange).
A full moon rises over the Irish Sea near the estuary of the Boyne River.
The great bonfire is lit at the Bealtaine Fire Festival on the Hill of Uisneach.
Mound B (The Dagda's Mound) on the floodplain of the Boyne at Brú na Bóinne.
A late Neolithic henge discovered by Anthony Murphy and Ken Williams near Newgrange on Tuesday 10th July 2018.
A winter evening sunset at Síd in Broga (Newgrange).
The snow-capped hills of Loughcrew.
The entrance of Síd in Broga (Newgrange) before the crowds arrive at winter solstice.
The spectacular medieval ruins on the Rock of Cashel, Co. Tipperary, at sunset.
A view across a mist-covered Boyne river from Cleitech (Rosnaree) towards Síd in Broga (Newgrange).
A double rainbow over Newgrange Farm following a year of variable weather including snowstorms and a drought.
Bean draoí (women druids) at Síd in Broga (Newgrange) for one of the winter solstice mornings.
The henge discovered by Anthony Murphy and Ken Williams with Newgrange in the background.

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