The winter solstice of 2017 was devoid of sunlight but Ireland enjoyed Newgrange anyway
This morning’s winter solstice in Newgrange, Ireland, was slightly hampered by the lack of a sunrise with thanks to endless clouds in the completely overcast Irish skies. As today marked the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the ancient light chamber that is illuminated by sunrise in the few days leading up to the solstice, the shortest day of the year, it was the first time that a live stream video event had been made available to the public who could not get their hands on a golden ticket into the ancient burial tomb itself.
With over 30,000 people applying this year and only 60 sets of tickets being awarded, there were certainly many people who made good use of the live stream and even if the light stream didn’t make an appearance, they didn’t let it get them down and only made some great jokes about just how bad the Irish weather is.
Really want to put my name on that list so that in about 15 years i can get up in the middle of the night, drive for a few hours to stand in a damp field and then see absolutely fuck all when the sun rises on the winter solstice, cos its predictably overcast, as usual. #newgrange— Eoin O'Leary (@eoleary87) December 21, 2017
Like most Irish people, I will be spending the morning peeping out my letterbox, hoping to replicate the spectacle of #Newgrange at home.— Allyn H (@Allyn_H_) December 21, 2017
doesnt look like the sun will be making an appearance.. doubt the weather was any different 5000 yrs ago ? #Newgrange— Jackie Martin (@bookofjackart) December 21, 2017
Many thought there was ultimately a massive chance that the weather was going to be a little bit rubbish this morning:
#Newgrange doesn't look like it's gonna happen this morning ?but considering #Newgrange will be around for a least another couple of thousand years I'm sure I'll get to see it ?jaysus us Irish could build 'suppose we built half the world anyway ?— Ciarán Ó Luaín (@Ciaran28121971) December 21, 2017
Even those who had thought themselves lucky enough to get a ticket, only to witness nothing, were in good form at Newgrange itself. With drumming circles and plenty of Irish wolfhounds in attendance, it was said to be a great way to follow on the 5,000-year-old tradition, mark the end of winter and the lengthening of the days again.
#WinterSolstice #Newgrange The sun did not shine, but the light in people's hearts gave us hope for the new year. @misseimeare @SiobhanMcArdle4 @MissAineON @opwireland @TourismIreland @frantonini @droghedaleader pic.twitter.com/e6MmexewmT— noel mcardle (@NoelMcardle) December 21, 2017
To witness sunrise send its first #wintersolstice rays down the tunnel at #Newgrange must be an awe-inspiring sight.— CathalMacCoille (@CMacCoille) December 21, 2017
Today the weather didn’t oblige, yet again.
Still, a moving sight at 9.02am on the very informative live-feed from https://t.co/URMQWYO2lW#Hope as winter turns. pic.twitter.com/63HKaXN7l7
Magical morning in #newgrange for the #wintersolstice2017 live stream. Here are some of the majestic Irish wolfhounds in attendance. Hope thousands around the world enjoyed watching! pic.twitter.com/qlz15ZtbQC— Catherine O'Mahony (@CatherineMatz) December 21, 2017
Other parts of the country had a little more luck in terms of sunlight:
You can view the full live stream here:
Did you watch the Newgrange live stream this morning? What did you think? Is Newgrange somewhere you would like to visit?