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Ray of light Thousands watch Winter Solstice live stream from Newgrange passage tomb

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Winter Solstice at Newgrange

Winter Solstice at Newgrange

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Winter Solstice at Newgrange

People from around the world have been watching the winter solstice sunrise being livestreamed this morning from the tomb chamber at Newgrange. 

The 5,200-years-old burial place is closed to visitors this winter due to Covid-19 restrictions.

A passage tomb from the Neolithic era, Newgrange, in Meath, usually hosts guests in the chamber each winter solstice as the sunrise aligns with the roof box into the passage.

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The neolithic tomb at Newgrange

The neolithic tomb at Newgrange

The neolithic tomb at Newgrange

While members of the public were asked not to visit the site this morning as access would not be facilitated, the Office of Public Works said that the livestream will mean “everyone will be able to experience this wonderful phenomenon”.

Newgrange is still presenting new mysteries with a number discoveries made last year, including dozens of previously unknown monuments and possible Neolithic log boats found in the river bed of the Boyne.

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