Lucky Winter Solstice lottery winners in the chamber at Newgrange.  Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Walking up the mound of Newgrange, we’re treading in our ancestors’ footsteps. There’s a low rhythmic beat coming from a drumming circle. The leader(...)

The sun shines along the passage floor into the inner chamber at newgrange during the 2013 Winter Solstice at Newgrange.  Photograph: Alan Betson

Hundreds of people will gather at Newgrange, Co Meath on Thursday morning as the ancient chamber is illuminated at sunrise on the winter solstice, the(...)

 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(...)

The sun shines along the passage floor into the inner chamber at Newgrange during the  Winter Solstice today. The passage tomb in Co. Meath was built over 5,000 years ago. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times.

Cloud cover over Newgrange in Co Meath cleared just in time for the sun to illuminate the ancient chamber on the Winter Solstice. About 50 people wer(...)

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 (...)