Boyne Valley Tour – Part III

Newgrange

The Disney-face of Neolithic Ireland. It would have been rude not to pop in, since we were in the area anyway…

No introduction required

No introduction required

Be prepared for disappointment, however. Whilst the organisation of the millions of visitors who come each year to this World Heritage Site is excellent, it does feel rushed and, most annoyingly, there is a “no photography” rule once inside. By the time the (excellent) guide has finished the tour and shooed you out (why were we the only three lingering?) the bus is about to arrive, so there is no time available to investigate the outside.

Trust me... if it NEVER looked like this...

Trust me… if it NEVER looked like this…

Talking of which…. don’t for one second be taken in by the “dubious claim” that passes for the reconstructed edifice. The guy that came up with this was obviously completely off his face on magic mushrooms for most of the dig…

 

 

 

Newgrange entrance

Newgrange entrance

The entrance does, however, look rather splendid… even if every ounce of your being is shouting out “Wrong! Wrong! Wrong!”

 

 

 

 

The most famous of the Newgrange carvings appears on the kerb-stone immediately in front of the abomination reconstructed interpretation of the entrance.

Kerb stone 1

Kerb stone 1

 

Lintel detail

Lintel detail

Don’t forget to look up! The lintel above the roof-box, through which the solstice sunrise fills the inner chamber with light, is quite different to anything else around the site, or anywhere else that we visited for that matter.

At this point we plunge into darkness. Literally and figuratively. “NO PICTURES PLEASE!”

Once inside, every glorious detail of the carvings, the construction, the layout, are clearly defined by the excellent lighting system, which is not too intrusive. A short demonstration of the winter solstice sunrise completes the tour.

The following pictures have been “borrowed” from around the net to give some idea of just how wonderful the internal experience actually is.

Newgrange Corbelled Ceiling

Newgrange Corbelled Ceiling

The corbelled ceiling seems incredibly high (at around 20-22 feet), compared to similar structures I’ve encountered.

 

 

 

Newgrange's famous triple spiral

Newgrange’s famous triple spiral

The famous triple spiral. The image is captured from the central chamber, looking back down the narrow entrance passage.

 

 

 

Newgrange - East Recess Roof

Newgrange – East Recess Roof

 

The detailed carvings on the roof of the eastern recess.

 

 

 

 

Newgrange - Kerbstone 52

Newgrange – Kerbstone 52

 

And outside – the stunningly intricate  kerbstone 52, which lies almost directly opposite the entrance.

 

 

 

 

About Running Elk

My given native name, Running Elk, was bestowed in 2008 as I took my first steps as a fully fledged Medicine Man of the Zuni tradition. A most unlikely candidate for the role, my journey as a healer began some four years prior. The detour onto the shamanic way was most unexpected, yet has been one of the most rewarding challenges to date.
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9 Responses to Boyne Valley Tour – Part III

  1. Sue Vincent says:

    Drooling over the carvings… appreciating the strikethrough… but NO photographs???
    Even so…. xxx

  2. Thanks for the fascinating tour! xx ellen

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