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 and the Hill of Slane where St. Patrick let a Paschal fire in 433