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Sights of Ireland I:  Newgrange

Newgrange is an enormous 5000 year old neolithic drystone passage grave. Inside (no photos allowed) is a chamber perfectly illuminated by light through the “window” above the entrance at sunrise on the winter solstice. There are three side chambers, where bodies and grave goods were discovered. A beautifully smoothed stone basin is in the center of one of the chambers. Many of the stones bear mysterious markings as do two large stones on the outside. This area is full of dozens of graves, most smaller, but two as large as Newgrange. The sense of history and spiritual continuity is almost overwhelming.

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