Winter Solstice at Newgrange - A poem by Mary Mills
Winter Solstice at Newgrange
Dark retreats before
the calculated caress
of sun's brightness.
Winter’s hand pulls back
from a small ancient chamber;
For a few minutes,
brilliance scatters kisses
before light recedes.
The night must return,
and we can draw light into
dark times if we try.
Poem by Mary Mills.
Written in Dr. Sylvia Baer's online Creative Writing:
Poetry class Gloucester County College, New Jersey.
Admission to the chamber of Newgrange for the Winter Solstice sunrise is by lottery. There is no on-line application system, however the obliging Staff at the Visitor Centre will fill out a form on your behalf
All are welcome to gather outside the entrance to the Newgrange mound on each of the mornings from December 18th to December 23rd inclusive, Sunrise is at 8.58am.
Setting Sun Alignments
The Winter Solstice Setting Sun illuminates the chamber at the nearby
the cairn on Slieve Gullion
in Co. Armagh.
Boyne Valley Private Day Tours
Pick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour:
Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice,
Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick let a Paschal fire in 433