Today is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. It is also a popular day for ancient sites in Ireland. It has been found that many of these sites align with the rising sun on the days of the solstice or equinox. In the case of Loughcrew, the passage aligns with rising sun on the spring and autumn equinox. These details only add to the mystery… and popularity of these unique spots in Ireland.
Last summer solstice, Sue Russel took this photo from Carnbane East at Loughcrew in Oldcastle, County Meath, looking west towards the setting sun. In the foreground are the stones which form one of Loughcrew’s cairns (prehistoric markers or burial mounds).
Sue lives in Oldcastle and finds her regions ancient sites add to this very special, magical place.
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