From mystical tombs to Samhain festivities – why Boyne Valley is the real home of Halloween; Irish Examiner

Sophie Goodall learns about Ireland’s brand-new Púca Festival, set to knock pumpkins off their pedestals.

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

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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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The 8 Best Day Trips from Dublin: Dublin Travel Recommendations; Wandertooth

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Dublin, the capital of Ireland, is a city that’s over a thousand years old. There are a variety of pubs to drink at, great restaurants to eat at, museums to see, parks to stroll through, and plenty of friendly people. The city centre is relatively small, and it’s easy to see the Dublin highlights in just a few days.

In Ireland, rain can happen at any time. That said, temperatures in Dublin are quite reasonable, so it’s great to visit at any time of the year. My favourite time to visit would be in Spring (May to June) when the flowers are in bloom, and in autumn (September and October) when the leaves start changing colours.

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The world’s treasures and natural wonders are disappearing; Candace Sutton; Lismore Echo

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LEONARDO da Vinci’s Last Supper, the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Stonehenge, the Hermitage Museum of art treasures in St Petersburg are all buckling under the weight of a global tourism boom.

And in response to the onslaught, the countries that own these wonders are removing them from view, or at least erecting barriers or restricting access to protect them.

Under the stampeding hordes of curious travellers, not to mention drunk tourists, these irreplaceable antiquities have been chipped, cracked or threatened by mere breathing.

In the Italian city of Milan, for example, Leonardo da Vinci’s’s great masterpiece The Last Supper is still open to small private tour groups to view with the naked eye.

But not for long.

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The Last Supper, Trevi fountain, Stonehenge: Tourist ban on ancient wonders; Candace Sutton; news.com.au

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LEONARDO da Vinci’s Last Supper, the Trevi Fountain in Rome, Stonehenge, the Hermitage Museum of art treasures in St Petersburg are all buckling under the weight of a global tourism boom.

And in response to the onslaught, the countries that own these wonders are removing them from view, or at least erecting barriers or restricting access to protect them.

Under the stampeding hordes of curious travellers, not to mention drunk tourists, these irreplaceable antiquities have been chipped, cracked or threatened by mere breathing.

In the Italian city of Milan, for example, Leonardo da Vinci’s’s great masterpiece The Last Supper is still open to small private tour groups to view with the naked eye.

But not for long.

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50 things to do in Ireland before you’re dead…; Laura Fulton; IrishCentral

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For globetrotters the world over, Ireland remains one of the most alluring destinations in Europe, if not the world. It’s a country of myth and legend, of majestic natural beauty mixed with energetic culture and music.

But while many an Irish bucket list contains the generic “must-see” tourism destinations, not many can claim to hold not just the best sights, but the smells, tastes and sounds, that every visitor – and local – should make a point of seeing before they leave this wonderful place.

Here’s list of 50 things that you absolutely must do while in Ireland before you die:

– Cold water surfing on the North Coast

Riding the waves in low temperature seas isn’t for the faint-hearted.

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Top historical sites in Ireland; IrishCentral

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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.

1. 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.

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Discover the Past in Ireland’s Ancient East; Peter Ross; National Geographic

Ireland – Archaeological Ensemble of the Bend of the Boyne

Drive through 5,000 years of history to discover Ireland’s rich and storied past.

Ireland’s east is a treasure house—sometimes literally so—of ancient sites. It’s a huge area, physically and temporally, taking in 17 counties and more than 5,000 years of history. So, in the words of the traditional Irish blessing, may the road rise to meet you and may the wind be always at your back.

DUBLIN TO GLENDALOUGH

Most journeys within Ireland begin in Dublin, the Republic of Ireland’s capital, known for its history, literary heritage, and craic—a word with a loose meaning encompassing fun, banter, and the pleasure of company, all of which can be found in Dublin’s many pubs.

Ancient tomb’s awesome astrological light show draws crowds; RT

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An astounding display of astrological genius by the ancient Irish – best showcased by the once-a-year illumination of a giant prehistoric tomb – has been scuppered by bad weather.

The highly-anticipated 5,000-year-old sun ritual, which occurs annually on the shortest day of the year (December 21), sees a beam of light travel up the burial monument’s narrow passageway before lighting up its main chamber for 17 minutes.

However, the majesty of Newgrange – an engineering masterpiece and a focal point in Ireland’s rich tapestry of mythology – is still weather-dependent. Overcast skies and rain meant the light show never came to pass.

The Newgrange passage tomb in County Meath is one of Ireland’s greatest known historical monuments, and was due to take center stage on Wednesday.

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