It's been an extremely busy month here at Mythical Ireland, following my involvement in the biggest archaeological find of a lifetime here in the Boyne Valley with a new henge found near Newgrange. I've been doing a lot of media interviews for the past month. Now, I am also featured in several podcasts.
It was a big honour for me to be interviewed by the "Standing With Stones" duo of Michael Bott and Rupert Soskin for their first "podcast special". We discussed, among other things, the discovery of the new henge at Newgrange, the astronomy of the ancient monuments and of course mythology too. The discussion flowed, and indeed we could probably have spoken for several hours. However, we managed to condense it into just one! Here's what Standing With Stones said in their introduction to the podcast:
"Anthony Murphy will be well known to many of you as the host of the Mythical Ireland website - but even more people recognise him now as the man who discovered a new henge monument less than a kilometre away from Newgrange and that will now take its place in the pantheon of Brú na Bóinne monuments.
Rupert and Michael ask Anthony what it's like to discover a new henge and how it came about, but more importantly, delve into the fascinating relationship between the archaeological, the mythical and the astronomical that is uniquely displayed by the Boyne Valley monuments - if, as Anthony does, you know where to look!"
Meanwhile, I had just completed one podcast interview with Mindie Burgoyne of Thin Places Tours when I made the henge discovery. So Mindie came back and interviewed me for a separate podcast about that discovery. Here's the introduction to the first podcast interview:
Welcome to Episode 13 of the Thin Places Travel Podcast. Our featured guest for this episode is Anthony Murphy, an expert on the history and mysteries surrounding the ancient monuments in the Boyne Valley in Ireland. This is the first of two interviews. The second interview (Episode 14) follows this episode, and in that interview, Anthony discusses a once-in-a-lifetime discovery he and his friend made when they discovered new monuments in the Boyne Valley. Be sure to carry your listening through to the second interview. Listen to the first podcast interview here:
And here is the introduction to the second Thin Places podcast interview, this time about my discovery of the new henge of Newgrange:
A Once-in-a-Lifetime Discovery: Anthony Murphy and friend find a new henge near Newgrange
This episode is a follow up to episode 13 where I interviewed Irish ancient monument expert, Anthony Murphy. Anthony is a husband and father of five who currently works full time as a journalist. He spends a portion of his free time examining, studying and photographing the ancient monuments in the Boyne Valley – a World Heritage Site. This Valley is not too far from where Anthony lives and if you follow his facebook page – Mythical Ireland, you’ll see that he gets out quite often to photograph the area at various stages of daylight and twilight throughout the changing seasons of the year.
You can listen to the podcast here:
Enter the ‘Ancient Sites’ section of this blog for a fascinating and wide-ranging exploration of the megalithic and sacred sites of Ireland. Find out all about the Stone Age and prehistoric ruins and learn more about the possible functions and alignments of these sites. Visit the great temples of Brú na Bóinne, the Hill of Tara, the ancient cairns of Loughcrew among many others.
Explore the ancient myths, legends and folklore of Ireland and their meaning. Read the epic Táin Bó Cuailnge, or the place-name myths in the Dindshenchas. Learn about how the Tuatha Dé Danann and the Milesians came to Ireland and how the early texts describe various invasions of prehistoric Éire. Hear about Fionn and the Fianna, and discover how some myths might contain information about astronomy and the stars.
There is no doubt that the ancient megalith builders had a substantial knowledge of the movements of the sun, moon, planets and stars through the heavens. Learn more about just how complex and impressive this knowledge was. There is evidence that the people of the Neolithic knew about the 19-year Metonic cycle of the moon, as well as being able to predict eclipses.