Winter solstice on Kilmacoliver Hill - Wow

Kilmacoliver Hill, in the extreme south west of the county – overlooking the Tipperary Border, the Slate Quarries and Knockroe Passage Tomb will be the location for a number of people on Friday to witness the setting sun on the day of the winter solstice.

Kilmacoliver Hill, in the extreme south west of the county – overlooking the Tipperary Border, the Slate Quarries and Knockroe Passage Tomb will be the location for a number of people on Friday to witness the setting sun on the day of the winter solstice.

There is an alignment of boulders perhaps three or more thousand years old on the summit of that hill in the shape of a ring of stones, most of which are more or less equidistant from each other.

There are just three exceptions. The two large stones on the west side are closer to each other, almost touching and are V shaped, while there is one single boulder on the east side of the ring of stones which stands somewhat apart from its neighbouring stones.

Sadly this individual stone is no longer upright but at what time in history it was felled is unknown.

Each year people who gather to witness this event descend the hill in silence each with their own thoughts as to what they have experienced as they marvel at the prowess and precision of our ancient ancestors.

The group will meet in the small carpark in Tullahought Village just beyond Kilmoganny at 3pm on Friday.