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Solstice celebrated at Newgrange

People gather for sunrise at the ancient site yesterday morning
People gather for sunrise at the ancient site yesterday morning
People gather for sunrise at the ancient site yesterday morning
People gather for sunrise at the ancient site yesterday morning

By Rebecca Black

Visitors gathered at the Neolithic tomb at Newgrange in Co Meath to celebrate the winter solstice yesterday.

In clear conditions, the dawn sunlight illuminates the inner chamber of the 5,000-year-old structure, the only day of the year the phenomenon occurs.

It has been an important ritual for pagans for thousands of years.

The guests were selected by ballot in September from more than 28,000 applications.

Although the sun was obscured by cloud, visitors from as far away as the US and Denmark joined those from Ireland and the UK to enjoy the unique experience of the solstice.

The event comes as it emerged that the dry summer revealed details of previously hidden archaeological monuments in the vicinity of Newgrange.

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