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In pictures: The winter solstice at Newgrange

TheJournal.ie reader Aoife Thomas was on hand to witness the winter solstice today. This is how it went.

THE PASSAGE TOMB at Newgrange was lit up by a shaft of light for the first time since 2007 this morning.

A break in the clouds allowed the tomb at the neolithic site be flooded with sunlight to mark the winter solstice.

Hundreds of people lucky enough to be there to witness the event waited through rain from early morning to get a glimpse of the event .
TheJournal.ie reader Aoife Thomas was lucky enough to be on hand and sent in some photos.

She says: “It started badly, as we drove up from Dublin in the dark, wind and rain.

But in the grey light of dawn a cold wind blew the clouds away on the horizon and grey light was slowly transformed to a golden glow which lit up the roof box and drew a cheer from the crowd. What a wonderful experience.

In pictures: The winter solstice at Newgrange
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  • First light

  • People waiting

  • Light breaking

  • Half-risen sun

  • Newgrange

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