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Sunrise stream Winter Solstice to be live-streamed from Newgrange Passage Tomb

The Office of Public Works said that due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, access to the site will not be facilitated.

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The neolithic tomb at Newgrange

The neolithic tomb at Newgrange

The neolithic tomb at Newgrange

Although the annual Winter Solstice gathering at the Neolithic Passage Tomb of Newgrange has been cancelled, the event will be live-streamed for people around the world. 

The Office of Public Works (OPW) said that due to ongoing Covid-19 restrictions, access to the site will not be facilitated.

Instead, the hugely significant Solstice Sunrise event will be live-streamed from within the chamber on December 20, 21 and 22. The live stream will be available from 8.45am (Irish time).

The Winter Solstice is an astronomical phenomenon that marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year.

In the Northern Hemisphere, the Winter Solstice occurs on December 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn.

At sunrise on the shortest day of the year, for 17 minutes, direct sunlight can enter the Newgrange monument through a specially contrived small opening above the entrance known as the ‘roof box’, to illuminate the chamber.

A lottery is held each year to allow a lucky few people inside the passage tomb to witness the magical event but with the annual in-person gathering cancelled this year due to health restrictions, this year's lottery entrants will carry over to next year.

The OPW said there will be security on site to address any issues that arise and the OPW says that the co-operation of the public is greatly appreciated.

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