Farewell 2017 – the year in photographs

As we say goodbye to 2017 on this, New Year's Eve, I've decided to take a trawl through my photographs of ancient sites from the past 12 months and pick out my favourites for you to enjoy. I hope you like them as much as I loved taking them. Happy New Year!

The Obelisk Bridge, between Drogheda and Brú na Bóinne, in the early summer morning mist.
Lughnasa sunset shines into the passage of Cairn S, Carnbane East, Loughcrew.
A spring evening sunset at Ardmulchan, looking across the River Boyne to Dunmoe Castle.
The Hill of Tara, Co. Meath, from the air on a summer evening.
A pre-dawn red sky at Imbolc (early February) waiting for sunrise in the chamber of Cairn U, Loughcrew.
A spring evening shower darkens the Meath landscape behind Cairn U, Carnbane East, Loughcrew.
Dowth Henge (also known as Site Q) in the early morning spring sunlight.
The Hill of Slane from the air with a fog-shrouded Boyne Valley beyond.
Dowth megalithic cairn and its sycamore tree and kerb stones under the light of a winter moon.
Holy communion... rush hour at Newgrange on Easter Sunday.
Megalithic rock art on a passage orthostat inside Cairn T, Carnbane East, Loughcrew.
The full moon rising behind the martello tower of Millmount, Drogheda.
Summer evening sunset at Knowth.
Sunset behind the Lia Fáil (Stone of Destiny) on the Hill of Tara.
Summer Solstice sunset at Dowth megalithic cairn.
Monasterboice round tower from the air on a summer evening.
Muiredach's Cross and the round tower at Monasterboice, Co. Louth, at night.



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