Historical Society visits Newgrange

Last month, the South Kilkenny Historical Society visited the UNESCO-designated World Heritage sites at Newgrange and Knowth.

Last month, the South Kilkenny Historical Society visited the UNESCO-designated World Heritage sites at Newgrange and Knowth.

Due to the popularity of the site, which pre-dates both Stonehenge and the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, the society was waiting almost two years to visit Newgrange and the visit proved worthwhile. The group was restricted in numbers (to 48) and a full compliment enjoyed a memorable day, with even the weather obliging.

Each participant visited the world famous Newgrange passage tomb, best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the winter solstice sun. This illumination was artificially created in the tomb for the group, giving a greater appreciation of the knowledge and skills of our ancestors of 5,000 years ago.

At the conclusion of the guided tour, everyone commented on the excellence of the visitor centre and the Office of Public Works guides.

The society’s next event is a guided tour of Tybroughney castle. Tybroughney Castle is a significant historical site, being the site of two battles – and the group will be given a guided tour of the castle and hinterland by Robert Duggan, Piltown.