Day Trip to Newgrange
Venue: Newgrange, Donore, Co. Meath Website: http://www.newgrangetours.com/ Price: €30 Date: Ongoing Time: Departure approximately 7:50 – 9:30 am Return approximately 3:15-4:15 pm
Newgrange is a not to be missed site in Ireland. Reachable easily by bus, the recommended transport to Newgrange is a day tour from Dublin. The queen of all day tours is the formidable Ms. Mary Gibbons who is rumoured to run the most comprehensive, interesting and thorough tour of the site older than the Great Pyramid of Giza and Stonehenge. The Mary Gibbons tour also leads students to the Hill of Tara—the site where a 142 Irish Kings were crowned and also includes a stop to visit the location of the tremendously historically significant Battle of the Boyne.
Newgrange was constructed over 5,000 years ago (about 3,200 B.C.), and was built during the Neolithic or New Stone Age by a farming community that prospered on the rich lands of the Boyne Valley. Archaeologists have classified Newgrange as a passage tomb, however a more appropriately suited classification is that of an ancient temple. Newgrange was a place of astrological, spiritual, religious and ceremonial importance—a key part of the Neolithic inhabitants lives.
The oldest astrological observatory in the world—Newgrange is a story of the evolution of man, the development of western civilisation and the conquering of community, knowledge and intelligence over environmental conditions and resources.