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Ireland’s shortest day of the year will not fall on December 21st this year. Photograph: John Lalor/NMS

A group of competition winners arrived in Newgrange on Saturday morning hoping to see the chamber fill with light for the winter solstice, which this (...)

Illustration: Michael Viney

It takes a good while for the sun to clear the mountain these mornings. But when we’re lucky, it strikes the crystal hanging in the window and flashes(...)

Revellers celebrate during the winter solstice at  Newgrange, Co Meath. Photograph: Clodagh Kilcoyne/Reuters

News that elements of Newgrange, the late Stone Age monument in Co Meath, may actually be younger than the original Disneyland, which was founded in a(...)

 Ailbhe Hickey from Dublin and Aoife Doolan from Cork with other lottery winners in the chamber at Newgrange on the morning of the Winter Solstice, December 21st. Rain and cloud on the horizon at sunrise blocked  sunlight from entering the chamber. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Even the optimists were conceding defeat. Trees which had been fiercely battered of late were merely swaying slightly in a strong breeze. From my (...)

 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

It did not go quite as exactly to plan. The absence of stars in the Saturday night sky during the early hours hinted at what was to follow. But hope e(...)

Wren boys in Dublin. Photograph: Frank Miller

People look to the skies at Christmas, some watching for a Yuletide star pointing the way and others for flying reindeer and a jolly character dres(...)

Sunlight passes along the passageway leading to the burial chamber at Newgrange during the winter solstice. Photograph: Alan Betson

For much of the last century, you could wander unannounced into Newgrange. You could even enter the tomb’s main passageway and chamber by getting the (...)