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DECEMBER 2010 - BEAN DRAOI AT NEWGRANGE FOR WINTER SOLSTICE
Hill of Tara sunset

Two Bean Draoi, or female druids, celebrating the Winter Solstice sunrise at Newgrange on December 20th 2010. Annette and Anne-Marie braved the freezing temperatures to view what turned out to be a beautiful sunrise in the Boyne Valley, although the sun was blocked from shining into the chamber of Newgrange by low cloud on the horizon. When it did appear, the sunlight bathed the valley in a beautiful glow which was accentuated by the frosty ground.

PREVIOUS PHOTOS OF THE MONTH

SEPTEMBER 2009 : Sunset behind the Stone of Destiny on the Hill of Tara.

MARCH 2009 : A lonely dolmen on the Dingle Peninsula .

JAN-FEB 2009 : Snow on the Cooley Mountains viewed from the County Louth village of Blackrock .

DECEMBER 2008: A view of Slieve Gullion from the site of Ireland's Stonehenge near Dundalk.

NOVEMBER 2008: Triple conjunction - Venus, Jupiter and the Moon meet in the evening sky.

SEPTEMBER 2008: Cairn T, Loughcrew, in the mist at the Autumn Equinox.

AUGUST 2008: Roadside motte near Oldcastle, County Meath.

JULY 2008: Bocan Stone Circle, Co. Donegal .

JUNE 2008: Croagh Patrick - Cruachan Aigle - sacred mountain in County Mayo associated with Saint Patrick.

MAY 2008: Passage stones at Cairn S, Loughcrew, Co. Meath.

APRIL 2008: Newgrange under stars: iconic photograph by astrophotographer Declan McCormack showing the entrance of Newgrange under a starlit night.

MARCH 2008: Offerings for St. Brigid, at her shrine in Faughart, Co. Louth, which claims to be the birthplace of this uniquely Irish saint.

FEBRUARY 2008: Can you guess what this mystery photo shows?

JANUARY 2008: Solstice moongazers at Dowth at the time of Winter Solstice.

DECEMBER 2007: The intricately decorated kerbstone 13, Knowth, Co. Meath.

JULY 2007: The view from Slieve Gullion, Co. Armagh.

JUNE 2007: Moon and Venus over Turlough Round Tower, Co. Mayo.

MAY 2007: The Holy Thorn, Wearyall Hill, Glastonbury, UK. This is the place where St. Joseph of Arimathea brought Christianity to Britain.

APRIL 2007: The moat of king Slaine sits on the summit of the Hill of Slane, famous as the place where St. Patrick lit the first Paschal Fire in Ireland, but which lies at the centre of an ancient alignment system.

MARCH 2007: On a bright March evening, the new lambs of 2007 graze atop the megalithic cairn at Dowth, under the watchful eye of mother, who is aware of the presence of the photographer. In the distance is Newgrange.

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