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Newgrange: Monument to Immortality

"This book is big, courageous, magical, challenging and transformative" -
Dolores Whelan, author of Ever Ancient, Ever New

My second book, called 'Newgrange: Monument to Immortality', has just been published by The Liffey Press. The book goes deep into the minds and souls of our neolithic ancestors to reveal that Ireland's most famous monument was much more than a tomb. 

Newgrange Monument to Immortality book
The cover of the new book  
Many people who visit the ancient and magnificent Newgrange monument in the Boyne Valley are driven by some deep longing to connect with their most distant roots. The giant 5,000-year-old megalithic construction evokes awe and wonderment, and often a sense of melancholy for the community of people who created it from stone and earth in the remote past, a people now lost to time. 

For the past three centuries, archaeologists, antiquarians, and researchers have been probing Newgrange in the hope of revealing something about its purpose, and something about the mysterious people of the New Stone Age who created giant structures using primitive technology. In this fascinating book, Anthony Murphy shows that Newgrange is not only a uniquely special place, but that its construction was carried out not by a grizzly mob of grunting barbarians, but rather by an advanced agrarian community who had developed keen skills in the sciences of astronomy, engineering and architecture. 

Newgrange: Monument to Immortality goes deep into the mind and soul of our neolithic ancestors to better understand what led them to build this remarkable monument. In a deeply moving, poetic and philosophical exploration, Murphy looks beyond the archaeology and the astronomy to reveal a much more profound and sacred vision of a sophisticated people who were driven to create this marvellous testament to their time. 

But more than this, Newgrange: Monument to Immortality has a message for our troubled times of economic crisis and spiritual upheavel. Irish mythology speaks of many invasions which happened over the course of history and prehistory. The original gods of Ireland, the Tuatha Dé Danann, are said to have handed over the running of the country to the invading Milesians, and in doing so they retreated into the mounds and raths of Ireland where they await re-emergence in times of crisis. Has the time come for Irish people to enter the stone mounds and retrieve that dormant aspect of their spirit which finds itself suppressed by political, economic and religious forces in a turbulent world? 

Newgrange book
Newgrange: Monument to Immortality  
The message of Newgrange is an eternal one, and survives across more than five millennia, to speak to us of our long forgotten ancestors of yesteryear. That message is as relevant today as it has ever been, throughout the long centuries of oppression and imperialism. The magic of the Tuatha Dé Danann, representing the uplifting aspects of the Irish spirit and the Irish psyche, is alive today, but perhaps hidden in the dark chamber of Newgrange, awaiting the coming of the light. 

With the Winter Solstice only weeks away, this is the perfect time to reflect upon the true meaning of Newgrange and the forces that drove its creators to construct such a remarkable memorial to their time. Newgrange is a monument to immortality, the eternal quest of the human spirit. 


Newgrange: Monument to Immortality featured on Irish Central website


Buy Newgrange: Monument to Immortality from The Liffey Press
Visit the Newgrange: Monument to Immortality website
Video: Author Anthony Murphy speaks about the themes explored in his new book
Testimonial: 'Ever Ancient, Ever New' author Dolores Whelan on Newgrange: Monument to Immortality
Launch night: Photographs from the launch of the book in Drogheda.

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