Monday, 31 December 2012
Wednesday, 26 December 2012
Above is a link to my interview with Sean Moncrieff on Newstalk radio last Friday, December 21st, the day of the winter solstice. Although it had been cloudy for the solstice at Newgrange, the largest crowd ever to gather at the monument (at least in modern times) came together to enjoy the event. Sean Moncrieff was interviewing me about my new book, 'Newgrange: Monument to Immortality', and asked some very interesting questions about this remarkable monument. Below is a photo of my copy of the book which I had read from at Newgrange that morning, and which Sean kindly autographed for me!
|My copy of the Newgrange book autographed|
by Newstalk presenter Sean Moncrieff
Friday, 21 December 2012
This is a short video clip of me reading from 'Newgange: Monument to Immortality' at Newgrange on Friday, December 21st, 2012, the winter solstice. The day was cloudy, so there was no sunshine in the chamber, but the hundreds of people who gathered at the monument enjoyed themselves nonetheless. There was a particularly big turnout this year, the biggest I've ever seen in thirteen years of going there, driven in part no doubt by the fascination with the supposed Mayan end of the world predictions. The reading above is from George William Russell's 'A Dream of Angus Oge' in which he appears to describe in a spectacular and poetic way the illumination of the Newgrange chamber - 70 years before Prof. Michael O'Kelly restored the roofbox allowing it to function again. Extraordinary stuff.