Advertisement For LMETB Skills to AdvanceAdvertisement For Arc CinemaAdvertisement For Gerry's Fresh FoodsAdvertisement For Floor StyleAdvertisement For Smiths Of DroghedaAdvertisement For LEO Louth Christmas 2021Advertisement For O'Reilly Glass
Advertisement For Ged Nash Christmas 2021
Friday, 8th October 2021

No lottery draw but 2021 Winter Solstice at Newgrange to be live streamed

Front Page

A shaft of sunlight makes its way along the entrance to the burial chamber at Newgrange at dawn on the shortest day of the year.

The Office of Public Works has announced that they not be hosting the annual Winter Solstice Lottery Draw for 2021 as the chamber at the Neolithic Passage Tomb of Newgrange remains closed to the public. 

The Lottery Draw is the usual process that chooses the successful participants who are entitled to be in the Chamber during sunrise for each of the Solstice mornings.

Due to its phenomenal success last year, the hugely significant Solstice Sunrise event will once more be live-streamed from within the chamber. This will enable everyone to experience this wonderful phenomenon from the comfort of their homes in locations throughout the world.

The continued absence of visitors from the chamber at Newgrange presents us with an additional opportunity to further our research project with the National Monuments Service of the Department of Housing, Local Government and Heritage. 

Advertisement For Good Wood Winter 2021

This research allows us to track, measure and monitor the movement of the winter sunlight coming through the roof box into the passage and chamber and to determine how the beam of dawn light interplays with the chamber as we move towards Solstice and then pass it.

Further details of the live-stream event from within the chamber on the solstice mornings in December will be revealed in the coming weeks.

Here’s the OPW video from last year’s Winter Solstice:

Advertisement For Love Drogheda Gift Card Christmas 2021

Get today's local news straight to your mobile. Download the Drogheda Life App now!

Get it on Google Play

Please support Drogheda Life 

Drogheda Life has brought you the local news every day since February 2012 with a special emphasis on the achievements of local individuals, community organisations and businesses.

If you appreciate what we are doing perhaps you would consider making a financial contribution to help us continue publishing?

Thank you!

Please support Drogheda Life by taking out a subscription

We are reaching out to Drogheda Life’s readers to seek their financial support so that we can continue delivering the local news every day and providing a platform for discussion of local topics.

As a Drogheda Life subscriber you will be supporting our efforts to bring you the local news on a daily basis and to provide a platform for discussion on local topics and issues of the day

Drogheda Life is here to support the people of the Drogheda area and to publicise their efforts within the community. Please fill in the form now. Thank you.

Donate Now
Advertisement For LMETB Skills to Advance
Advertisement For Arc Cinema
Advertisement For Gerry's Fresh Foods