3 Days in Dublin; Tamara, Glenn & Hannah Grubers; We3Travel

Planning a long weekend getaway to Dublin? Or perhaps just visiting Dublin on a longer trip to Ireland? Find out what to do and where to stay/eat while in the Emerald Isle’s capital city.

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10 destinations that prove Ireland is the most beautiful place on Earth; Paris Donnatella Callan; Ireland Before You Die

From emerald-green pastoral settings to seaside castles, Ireland is chock-full of beauty. Here are the ten most stunning destinations that prove Ireland is the most beautiful place on Earth.

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12 Stunning Scenic Drives and Family Road Trips in Ireland; Michelle; My Kids Time

Some road trips in Ireland can be done in a day, while others could be the basis for a mini break with lots to stop and see. Have a great time exploring!

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This Irish Spot Named One Of The Most Romantic Places In The World; Fionnuala Moran; Evoke

An Irish spot has been named among twelve of the most romantic spots in the world by travel experts who’ve traversed the globe.

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‘Star Wars Island’ open again; BBC

Safety work at the Unesco world heritage site in County Kerry was delayed by bad weather.

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Why it’s Worth the Boat Trip to the Skellig Islands; Leigh McAdam; Hike Bike Travel

The Skellig Islands, a UNESCO site accessed by boat only 100 days/year are worth the crazy boat ride to see the gannet colony & the beehive huts…

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“Stunning” and “remarkable” archaeological discoveries made at World Heritage site at Newgrange; Conor Heneghan; Joe

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Immense timber structure found at ‘sacred’ Newgrange site during summer drought; Ronan McGreevy; Irish Times

Newgrange discoveries have ‘truly transformed’ our understanding of ancient site…

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60 lottery winners to witness Winter Solstice at Newgrange; Irish Central

Only a select few people will be able to witness the magic of the winter solstice at Newgrange…

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Newgrange, Monasterboice, and Hill of Tara: Full-Day; Let’s Get Guide

Explore Ireland’s ancient history on this unique day tour from Dublin. Discover the UNESCO World Heritage Site passage tomb at Newgrange as well as the world famous High Crosses at Monasterboice and gain stunning views from atop the Hill of Tara.

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Boyne Valley: Full-Day Celts and Castles Guided Tour; Get Your Guide

Take a day tour from Dublin to the scenic Boyne Valley, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. See the ancient Celtic temple at Newgrange, the megalithic site of Knowth, Trim Castle and more. Learn about the area’s history from a knowledgeable local guide.

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Secrets of Ireland’s ancient passage tomb Knowth published free online; Irish Central

In honor of the 50th anniversary of the discovery of the world-renowned Eastern Tomb at Knowth, the Royal Irish Academy is publishing six books on the excavation, online, for free.

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Heritage sites coming to life after weather scorches land; Colin Gannon; The Irish World

The recent hot summer unearthed previously hidden or forgotten archaeological treasures as unrelenting, intense sunshine scorched the land.

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In Photos: Ireland’s Newgrange Passage Tomb and Henge; Tom Melcalfe; Live Science

A drone flyby has revealed a huge Neolithic henge near a passage tomb at Newgrange in Ireland.

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The heatwave is uncovering new ancient archaeological sites in the UK and Ireland; Andrea Smith; Lonely Planet

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Top sites in Ireland where history comes alive; Irish Central

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In Ireland, history is everywhere. But in some places, there is an especially strong connection with the past.

Here are IrishCentral’s choices for the top ten historical sites in Ireland.

Newgrange, County Meath

Dating back to 3200 B.C the passage tomb at Newgrange is older than the pyramids in Egypt and is officially a UNESCO World Heritage site.

Newgrange is a large passage mound, spread over an acre and surrounded by 97 uniquely carved kerbstones. The cremated remains of the dead were buried in large stone basins under the mound in a chamber accessible by a narrow passage.

At dawn on December 21, the shortest day of the year, sunlight shines directly into the central chamber of the tomb. It is believed that this was an ancient way of measuring the passage of time, like a calendar for the ancient farmers, or that the light has some religious significance for those in the afterlife.

Newgrange is part of the Brú na Boinne complex, which includes similar tombs at Knowth and Dowth.

Hill of Tara, County Meath

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The Last Jedi’s Monastic Retreat; Julia Blakely; Smithsonian Libraries Unbound

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Newgrange: Watch a live stream of the spectacular winter solstice; Pól Ó Conghaile; Independent

Ireland – Brú na Bóinne – Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne

For the first time ever, people all over the world can watch sunlight creep into Newgrange passage tomb on winter solstice.

Weather-permitting, of course (clouds are forecast).

A live stream organised by the OPW and Fáílte Ireland will broadcast the moment when the 5,000-year-old tomb’s internal chamber is lit up (#Solstice2017).

You can watch it live (below) from 8.30am on Thursday, December 21.

The annual event, which sees sunlight enter the roofbox of the Co. Meath tomb and light up its inner chamber over the course of around 17 minutes, is simulated for all visitors to Newgrange – but only a lucky few get to see the real deal.

Each year, the OPW runs a Winter Solstice Lottery – in 2017, it says, over 33,000 people applied from as far afield as Austria, Italy and the US.

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Skellig Michael by helicopter: A galaxy not so far away; Erin McCafferty; Independent

Ireland – Sceilg Mhichíl

It looks so peaceful from above. A giant, pointy, rock formation in varying hues of grey and green, rising majestically from the Atlantic.

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Rugged Irish islands contend with the Force; Wes Little; CNN

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Thanks to the giant advertisement that is “Star Wars,” Ireland’s ruggedly beautiful Skellig Islands feel the Force of tourism.

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