This morning we stepped back in time 5000 years, visiting the amazing Neolithic passage tomb at Newgrange in the Boyne valley. Older than Stonehenge and the pyramids, built as a burial chamber and also to celebrate the winter solstice. To me it felt more about life than death. We experienced the magic of how sunlight shines into the inner chamber once a year, as the seasons turn and the days begin to get longer. The stones, in side and out, have amazing carved designs. They look like “Celtic” designs but were a couple of thousand years before the first Celts invaded Ireland.
Driving the lanes of the Boyne valley we explored more history, not quite so old, stopping at Monasterboice with its 10th century high stone crosses depicting biblical scenes, and climbing the Hill of Slane where St Patrick in 433 AD lit an Easter fire and the pagan king converted to Christianity.
Arriving in Dublin later we joined the crowds in Temple Bar, where the pubs and restaurants were filled with musicians playing traditional Irish music. There we enjoyed another Irish tradition with our meal….