Mythical Ireland by Anthony Murphy. Excellent site with an emphases on the
astronomy and mythology of Newgrange. The Tuatha Dé Danann, who ruled Ireland in ancient mythology,
were said to have erected Newgrange as a burial place for their chief, Dagda Mór, and his three sons.
from The Sacred Island by Martin Byrne. An excellent New Grange resource
which includes images, authoritative text and diagrams. Martin is an Artist and
Tour Guide based in Co. Sligo, in the North-west of Ireland.
Newgrange was re-discovered in 1699 when the local landlord, Charles Campbell set his
workers removing stones from a convienient mound on his land. By good fortune they
began their excavation on the south west side and uncovered an engraved stone
- the lintel of the roofbox. Before long they uncovered the Entrance Stone,
and for the first time since the bronze age people entered the chamber of Newgrange.
Newgrange World Heritage Site - The World Heritage Convention aims to promote cooperation among nations to protect heritage around the world that is of such outstanding universal value that its conservation is important for current and future generations.
Brú na Bóinne Visitor Centre - starting point for all visits to Newgrange and Knowth. Do not go directly to the monuments as you will not gain entry. Visitors are brought via shuttle bus to the monuments.
Description of Newgrange - by
Claire O'Kelly who worked on the excavation of Newgrange with her husband
Michael J. O'Kelly.
Historical Mysteries by Sean Murphy. "Although
Newgrange in time became overgrown and obscured, the memory of the
monument appears to have survived in legend as Brú na Bóinne."
Boyne Valley Private Day Tours
Pick up and return to your accommodation or cruise ship. Suggested day tour:
Newgrange World Heritage site, 10th century High Crosses at Monasterboice,
Hill of Tara the seat of the High Kings of Ireland and the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick let a Paschal fire in 433