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Europe » Ireland » County Meath » Newgrange July 29th 2013

Most of today was a travel day leaving Callan in the South and driving north of Dublin to the Newgrange monument or passage tomb which we had read about and thought it was a must-see. After a few hiccups getting the right road off the Dublin Ring Road we arrived at the Visitor Centre and got tickets for the next tour. The site is little distance away so buses were available to take everyone to the site then get shown the tomb. Newgrange is the best known Irish passage tomb and the most impressive. I don't know the size but it's huge with huge rocks all around the base and smaller ones above forming the walls. After being rediscovered the plundered burial mound was rebuilt on the outside. The inside has remained intact for more than ... read more
New Grange monument
The full view

Europe » Ireland » County Meath » Newgrange July 22nd 2012

Before you go on, Dear Reader, just be warned...this was one of the funnest days ever, so if you are feeling overly cynical, get yourself a nice cuppa or a perfect Guinness and relax. Our last full day in Ireland dawned with, what else, more clouds and intermittent sprinkles, but a nice warm temperature and lots of what we call in Oregon "sucker holes." Niamh had decided that we really needed to experience the full Irish breakfast before we left, so we sat down to eggs, rashers, sausage, black pudding, roasted tomatoes, toast, marmalade, butter, coffee, and Fea's JOOSH (translation: juice). We were almost done with this amazing meal when Niamh realized she had gotten beans and mushrooms as well but forgot to cook them...I think we did JUST FINE without. Shawn, as an employee of ... read more
Newgrange, County Meath.
On the visitor bus to Newgrange
Crazy passage mound, older than the pyramids

Europe » Ireland » County Meath » Newgrange June 25th 2012

Neolithic Tombs are Awesome! We headed over to Newgrange today! This is the awesome sight of one of the biggest neolithic tombs in all of Ireland. It is a passage tomb located in the middle of hills and green pastured farmland. My first reaction to approaching the tomb was complete fascination with how green the grass was. Emerald Isle indeed! Not only was it green though but thick as well. I am used to the shabby brown dying summer grass of Texas. This is a welcomed change. They only let a few people into the tomb at a time and it can get a bit claustrophobic in there but it is well worth the visit inside. Stone monoliths line the entrance. They are decorated with swirling patterns. Once inside they do not allow you to take ... read more
Rocks
Entrance to the Tomb
Cosmic Swirls

Europe » Ireland » County Meath » Newgrange March 18th 2012

Louie, my shelter mutt dog, woke me up at 5am, even though it’s Saturday. This is our normal routine. I often refer to him as “Louie, the alarm clock.” He knows exactly what time he gets his twice a day treats. The treats are actually medicine conveniently hidden in a piece of hotdog. Poor Louie has seizures. Of course, if Louie gets a treat, the other 3 dogs get one too. Reluctantly, I get out of bed, stubbing my toe in the process. I arrived at the Lough Crew Cairns, Ireland about a car length before he did. Despite the empty parking lot, he chose the space right next to me, almost running over my foot as I exited my car. Irritated, I took my time gathering my things before starting up to the cairns. I ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Meath » Newgrange April 10th 2011

After leaving Buncrana we head south to Dundalk. We had decided to get up and leave, it was a long day of driving around 3 hours total, but completely do able. We decided that since we got into Dundalk early we would not go to the B&B but go to Newgrange instead. We had called in advance to see how crowded it was…you’re not allowed to reserve a spot or anything but it is nice to know what you’re getting into. We arrived and had to wait about an hour for the next tour to begin. We wandered around and got some lunch at the center, which was great. Then we caught our bus which takes you to Newgrange. It’s a neat tour because you go into the passage tomb – which is super tight. In ... read more
Hill of Tara
Zoe love running around Newgrange
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Europe » Ireland » County Meath » Newgrange August 28th 2009

Great Breakfast at the College, light and airy. Picked up the car from the carpark. I will never complain about Adelaide carparks again. The carpark had 7 inches either side of the car, and shorter than the Ford Focus's length. Took a number of back and fro's to extract it (almost needed a can opener). Left the park and drove in circles until the gps could find a satellite (close buildings, very high, satellites low on the horizon). Drove to Newgrange which was particularly hard to find. Another national treasure 60km from Dublin you have to know all about before you can find it. The signposts for this place only started 1km before the turn off to the site, and in typical European style, have no distances on them, so you just drive into the ever ... read more
Knowth
NewGrange
Dublin

Europe » Ireland » County Meath » Newgrange September 20th 2008

Yöpaikasta oli lyhyt matka turistikeskukseen josta sai ostaa pääsyn Newgrangen hautaan. Joen yli piti kävellä ja siellä oli odottamassa pikkubussi joka vei meidät haudalle. Newgrangen hauta on vanhempi kuin pyramidit. Suuren laakean kummun keskellä on pieni kammio, johon paistaa aurinko vain talvipäivänseisauksen aikoihin. Kun päästiin Newgrangesta, Slanessa piti kääntyä vasemmalle mutta ajettiin ohi. Seuraavasta kylästä lähdettiin sitten pikkuteitä länttä kohti. Kellsissä pysähdyttiin päiväkahville.... read more
Kellsissä

Europe » Ireland » County Meath » Newgrange August 6th 2008

We arrived in Newgrange yesterday evening around 7pm at the Newgrange Lodge where we would stay for one night so we could visit…. You guessed it….Newgrange!! The lodge is a budget accommodation hostel and is only 1 minute walk from the Newgrange visitor centre. Our room was small but perfect for anyone checking in at 7pm and checking out the next morning at 9am. Breakfast was continental and we made sure we had enough to set us up for our long day. The previous day had been nice and sunny and we passed through towns such as Longford, Mullingar, and Navan on route from Ballina. I had never really been through Co. Meath and was surprised at how scenic it was. The roads were small and windy and lined with big trees or 7ft walls from ... read more
newgrange entrance
newgrange carved stone
other tombs in other fields

Europe » Ireland » County Meath » Newgrange July 9th 2008

Travel day! Mark looked out the window and said, “Very overcast, evidence of rain on the street.” Well, not like we’re not used to that! We got ourselves packed up, put on clean clothes (the laundry did come back), ate breakfast and were on the road by 8:40. We were shooting for 8:30 so for us, we were early! We took the left turn again but at the first roundabout we saw a sign for Dublin, back the way we came. So we circled around and headed into the city of Limerick which wasn’t too bad. We were clear of the city by about 9:10 and onto the N 52, a National (rural) Road. The speed limit was 100K and we should have been in Dublin in about 2 hours. But due to rain (which was ... read more

Europe » Ireland » County Meath » Newgrange August 3rd 2006

So last night Laurene and I got done up and headed down town to an area called Temple Bar. We went into a few pubs and took in a traditional 4 piece band and the traditional pub decor... and as well the traditional drunks. By the time we were ready to go we had a little irish glow on our cheeks as we made our way through the crowd on the streets. It's amazinf how many people are not only living in such a small city but how many of them go out, even on a wednesday night it was packed in the pubs. After a little stoll we stumbled, I literally ( I got a picture of the damn cobblestone that nearly killed me, will be uploaded later) upon a little busking celtic band. There ... read more
St.Patrick
Entrance stone
Male fertility




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