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You Can Now Watch The Winter Solstice At Newgrange From Home

By Shirleydonlon

December 18, 2017 at 12:24pm

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For the first time ever, you won't need to buy a ticket to witness the Winter Solstice at Newgrange.

This year, anyone and everyone from anywhere in the world will be able to watch as light fills the passage tomb at Newgrange, on the shortest day of the year, as the event will be streamed online. 

The event is set to be live streamed at 8:30am to 9:15am this Wednesday and Thursday, and can be watched on Ireland's Ancient East YouTube channel

Minister of State for Tourism and sport, Brendan Griffin welcomed the initiative, saying: "This is a fantastic way to share the unique magic of Newgrange with a much larger audience."

"It is also a great way to highlight the type of compelling history and heritage that Ireland offers as a destination."

Minister of State with responsibility for the OPW, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran said: “Newgrange nestled in the Boyne Valley is an important historical site in Ireland's Ancient Heritage which attracted over 207,000 visitors in 2016."

He added: "Our annual Winter Solstice Lottery received over 33,000 applications to witness this event with winners from as far as Austria, Italy, Switzerland and the United States of America, showing the continuing fascination the Solstice has the world over."

Those interested in watching the event online are encouraged to subscribe to the channel in advance, in order to get prompted to tune in at the right times.

The livestream will also be available to watch from the Ireland's Ancient East website.

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