Staff from the OPW (Office of Public Works) were at Cairn T,
Loughcrew on three mornings
around the Autumn Equinox. On two of the three mornings there was a good sunrise
rewarding those who made the effort to get up early.
Clare and Leontia arranged an orderly queue both sides of the entrance and allowed groups of
5 or 6 to enter to view the illumination the backstone inside the chamber of Cairn T.
Waiting for the rising sun to break through the misty cloud at Loughcrew Cairn T
sun getting brighter at Loughcrew Cairn T - 7:23am
The shadow of the photographer in the red jacket showing the rising sun shining
directly into Cairn T - 7:39am
Sun Illuminating the Backstone in Loughcrew Cairn T at 7:42am on September 22nd
A wonderful sunrise for the Equinox Illumination of the chamber at Cairn T -
The rising sun at Cairn T on Cairnbane East viewed from Cairnbane West - Photo
by Martin Byrne.
Loughcrew Video - Spring Equinox 2005
The progress of the sunbeam on the backstone inside Cairn T at Loughcrew was video recorded at sunrise
on the morning of March 23rd 2005. The 50 minute video has been compressed to 1 minute 46 seconds
and included in the following YouTube Video.
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, Bective Abbey and Trim Castle the largest Norman castle in Ireland