NewGrange

This is how I spend my empty, sleepless hours. Reading, researching, referencing. Trying to correlate the stories with each other and with the archaeology

Sí an Bhrú or Brú na Bóinne

Here is a picture of the entrance stone at Newgrange tumulus, as it looked in the early 1900s. The stone and the tumulus were dated to the 4th millennium BC.  Why was this carved stone placed in front of the entrance of the the mound?  What does it represent?  

You can read one theory about it here.

portal

After excavation and restoration

That is fascinating stuff, but I am more interested in the mythology than the history.  What is interesting to me is that this place was near (or was?) the mythical home of Aengus Óg and Caer Ibormeith, of whom I have written before.  A little more about it here.

It was my intent to visit this site when I went to Ireland in 2008. Unfortunately the internet was not as reliable then as it is now.   I left my notebook in New Zealand, forgot the reference to its location, and also ran out of time so could not go.

Annoyingly, I pretty much drove past it on my way back to Dublin.  It would have been only a little diversion to visit there.  So it goes.

No time for Netflix this week.  I have more research to do.  Love the Internet.

Author: Uisce úr

Though I am old with wandering Through hollow lands and hilly lands, I will find out where she has gone, And kiss her lips and take her hands; And walk among long dappled grass, And pluck till time and times are done, The silver apples of the moon, The golden apples of the sun.

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