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What's new/recent at Mythical Ireland

A guide to the latest additions and updates to the website for 2007

Mythical Ireland tours: Now you can experience the myth and magic of the ancient Irish landscape in a unique way by taking part in our new tours. Visit the World Heritage Site that is the Boyne Valley and hear about stones, stars and stories, and explore the mystic landscape. Added: December 26th, 2007.

Newgrange solstice webcast: For the first time ever, the Winter Solstice phenomenon at Newgrange was broadcast to the world via the internet. See both video and photos from the event. Added: December 23rd 2007.

Newgrange from the west
Newgrange in Google Earth  

Google Earth: Stunning new high-resolution imagery of the Boyne Valley archaeological sites is now available on Google Earth. I've put together a gallery of images showing the various sites in the Bend of the Boyne. Added: December 2007.

Newgrange artefacts: Ever wondered what the objects found during the excavation of Newgrange actually looked like? Find out by visiting our photo gallery showing some of the finds. Added: December 23rd 2007.

Waxing gibbous moon: A beautiful photo of the growing solstice moon taken by artist Richard Moore using his new 6-inch Soligor reflector telescope. Added: December 23rd 2007.

Photo of the month (December): This month's chosen photo is one of the most intricately decorated kerbstones at Knowth, Co. Meath. What do you make of the megalithic art? Added: December 2007.

Message to the world: In September, 1,500 converged on the Hill of Tara to create an enormous message, viewable from the air. This was a message to the world - Save Tara Valley from the M3 motorway. Added: September 2007.

Ardmulchan video : A four-minute video shot at Ardmulchan cemetery overlooking the Boyne river near Navan, Co. Meath. This is a very beautiful, atmospheric place, still relatively unspoilt despite the huge economic development of recent years. Added: August 21st, 2007.

View from Slieve Gullion : The latest picture in our "Photo of the Month" series features a view from Slieve Gullion in Armagh, looking towards the town of Dundalk. Added: July 15th, 2007.

Turlough Round Tower, Mayo: A beautiful photo of the moon and Venus over Turlough Round Tower, near Castlebar, Co. Mayo, was submitted to Mythical Ireland by Ronan Newman of the Galway Astronomy Club. We've made it Photo of the Month for June. Added: June 14th, 2007

The Glastonbury Holy Thorn: Mythical Ireland's Richard Moore contemplates higher things under the Glastonbury Holy Thorn, said to be a descendant of the thorn tree which sprouted after Joseph of Arimathea planted his staff in the ground at Wearyall Hill. Photo of the Month for May. Added: May 21st, 2007

At the top of the world: With the discovery of the massive site at Tara, I've changed the home page. If you're looking for the poem I wrote about the equinox at Loughcrew (and the beautiful photo), I've saved the old home page here. Added: May 3rd, 2007.

First review of Island of the Setting Sun: The first full review of Island of the Setting Sun has appeared as a full-page article in Astronomy and Space magazine and is overwhelmingly positive about the book. Added: April 17th, 2007.

The moat of King Sláine: The new Photo of the Month shows the motte nestled among the trees atop the Hill of Slane, which is famous as being the place where St. Patrick's lit the Paschal Fire but which is much less known as a prehistoric monument, the mythical burial place of a Fir Bolg king. Added: April 3rd, 2007.

Martin Brennan
Martin Brennan at the Oklahoma equinox site  

Celts in America? Watch a short video interview with Martin Brennan, discoverer of many of Ireland's ancient astronomical alignments, talk about an ancient site in Oklahoma, USA, which has equinoctial markings believed to have been put there by "Celtic" people long ago. Added: March 26th, 2007.

Megalithomania Conference 2007: Details are announced of the line-up for the annual Megalithomania Conference, to be held in Glastonbury on May 19th and 20th, 2007. This year's event will feature a talk by Mythical Ireland's Anthony Murphy, co-author of Island of the Setting Sun. Added: March 28th, 2007.

Photo of the Month: I've decided to initiate a new section of the website to feature a monthly photograph with a megalithic, mythical or astronomical theme. The first photo kicking off this section shows the new lambs of 2007 on the top of Dowth with Newgrange in the background. Added: March 24th, 2007.

Spring Equinox 2007: Photographs from the summit of Carnbane East at Sliabh na Cailleach, Loughcrew, Co. Meath, where sunlight penetrates into the chamber of Cairn T on the Vernal Equinox. Added: March 21st, 2007.

American 92 heavy: If you're coming to Ireland from the US, whether to see Newgrange or to sample the Guinness, you may very well fly in on American Airlines flight 92 from Chicago. I've recreated an imaginary Shannon-Dublin leg of "American 92 heavy" in Microsoft Flight Simulator. See the gallery. Added: 28/1/07

The Sequani Calendar: an interpretation of an ancient Celtic calendar found in Coligny, France, This calendar is brought up to date so that it is relevant and useful for people today. Added: January 3rd, 2007.

Evening Herald article
One of the numerous national newspaper articles about IOTSS

More publicity for our new book: Island of the Setting Sun has been highlighted in a further three national newspapers, the Irish Times, the Irish Daily Mail and the Irish Sun. This complements publicity in two national papers, two local papers, and on local and national radio and TV. Click here to see all the articles to date. Added: January 2nd, 2007.

Winter Solstice 2006: Photos showing the sunrise at the Baltray standing stones, the crowds gathered at Newgrange and the enjoyment of a rare spectacle - for those who were lucky enough to be there, the sunlight shone into the chamber of Dowth South on Winter Solstice 2006. Added: December 27th, 2006.


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