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Thousands of people tuned in to watch winter solstice from Newgrange

Unfortunately, weather conditions weren’t great this morning.

Ireland's Ancient East / YouTube

Updated 9.20am 

THE WINTER SOLSTICE was broadcast live from Newgrange in Co Meath this morning, with thousands of people tuning in.

Every year on this date, a beam of sunlight shines directly through a light box above the main door and casts a beam of light up the main corridor of the neolithic monument.

winter Screengrab / Screengrab / /

This feature of the 5,000-year-old neolithic monument was first discovered during reconstruction work in the 1970s.

Unfortunately, weather conditions weren’t great this morning so there wasn’t much to see.

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The dramatic scenes are usually only witnessed by a handful of lucky ticket holders. Thousands apply to a lottery but the stone passage has extremely limited capacity.

The solstice was first broadcast from the chamber in 1999 as part of its Millennium programming.

With reporting by Órla Ryan

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