Michael’s artwork is ticket to Newgrange

A YOUNG Kilkenny man’s artwork was impressive enough to be selected for use on a national postcard, and win him a highly-coveted invitation to Newgrange for the winter solstice on December 21.

A YOUNG Kilkenny man’s artwork was impressive enough to be selected for use on a national postcard, and win him a highly-coveted invitation to Newgrange for the winter solstice on December 21.

Michael Maher, aged 13, from the Rower, was one of six winners in the OPW’s national art competition. His colourful collage ‘Newgrange and the Sun’ will now also be made into a postcard to celebrate Newgrange and The Gathering.

Michael and his mother Mary were two of just 20 lucky people to enter the chamber on that special morning.

“The sun didn’t shine but there was definitely a brightness in the passage”, said Mary, after she emerged from the chamber. Michael described the experience as ‘magical and awesome’.

The minister of state Brian Hayes greeted everyone coming out of the chamber and the family was treated to breakfast in the Brú na Boinne Centre, where Deputy Hayes presented Michael with a framed copy of his artwork. Now Michael’s artwork is being made into postcards for Newgrange and the Gathering.

Admission to the chamber to view the winter solstice is usually done by lottery at the Bru na Boinne Centre. There were almost 30,000 entries for 2012 from all over the world.

This year, the idea was to introduce an art competition for children to bring awareness to one of our National Heritage Sites and those winners would enter the chamber with a guardian/parent on that special morning.