Townleyhall Summer Solstice Sunrise Alignment
I planned to be at Townleyhall for sunrise on June 21st 2011 but the weather conditions were not encouraging, so I waited for the first clear morning which was June 24th. It was a bright cool morning just 5°C (41°F) with a mostly clear sky.
I arrived at Townleyhall at 5am and could already see the reflected light from the sun below the horizon.
As the sun broke through some low cloud the cattle came to investigate.
By 5:15am the sun was shining brightly in alignment with the passage and chamber.
My shadow on the stones at the back of the chamber show the perfect alignment of the rising sun.
My shadow from further back in the field showing the alignment of the rising sun.
As shown by my shadow by 5:45am the sun had risen in the sky and moved south.
The OPW (Office of Public Works) information sign at Townleyhall Passage Tomb.
Boyne Valley ToursPrivate Tour with pick up and return to your accommodation. Newgrange World Heritage site, the 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice, Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings, Bective Abbey and Trim Castle the largest Norman castle in Ireland More ...