‘Twas the night before Christmas and all the through the house . . .’

 Deirdre and Amber Hogan from Co Wicklow, part of the group  in the chamber at the Newgrange Monument on the morning of Winter Solstice for sun rise. The inclement weather obsqured the sunlight from entering the chamber. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

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Self-portrait by Tove Jansson, creator of the Moomin characters. © Moomin Characters™

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