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NEOWISE Passes over Mythical Newgrange

NEOWISE Passes over Mythical Newgrange

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This photo, showing the comet C/2020 F3 NEOWISE over the ancient monument of Newgrange (Síd in Broga), is one of those once-in-a-lifetime shots that I doubt will ever be repeated.

The comet was in the northern skies, and visible only in the early hours of the morning. This photograph was taken at around 2am. I had been at the nearby Monastic site of Monasterboice with my son, taking photos, and we decided to head to Newgrange. That turned out to be a great decision!

As we arrived at the public road in front of the monument, a bank of fog was descending on the monument. I knew that we would have to act VERY QUICKLY to capture some magic. I quickly grabbed the camera and tripod, and it took a couple of minutes to get set up and to adjust the settings on the camera, including shutter speed, aperture and ISO.

Within moments, the fog began to lift again. I took a few long-exposure frames, and in this one the last of the fog was dissipating, creating what I can only describe as an ethereal, otherworldly look.

The fog had briefly obscured the comet, but now NEOWISE was visible, hanging beautifully just above the well-lit entrance to the ancient 5,200-year-old tomb.

It felt in that moment as if the ancient gods and spirits of the place were moving about among the stones, and I was exhilarated. Because this was July of 2020, during the Covid-19 pandemic, lockdowns meant that most other photographers were too far from the monument to be able to travel. I live close by, and knowing that this was a scene that would not be repeated, and there were no other photographers present, I had captured something truly beautiful and unique.

As a lifelong astronomer, who had spent many hundreds of hours observing the night sky, I can say with hand on heart that this was one of the most beautiful things I had ever witnessed, and captured on camera. It combines wonderfully two of my great passions – astronomy and the ancient monuments of Ireland.


Printed on high quality photographic paper that is fade resistant. The watermark (logo) shown is not on the final print.


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20.3cm x 30.5cm
8" x 12"

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30.5cm x 45.7cm
12" x 18"

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61.0cm x 40.6cm
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91.4cm x 60.0cm
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  • Exclusive

    All of my prints are limited to a numbered run of just 100. Each item is individually printed to order by a specialist printshop in Drogheda using archive quality photographic paper.

  • Print Quality

    The image on the website is low resolution with a watermark. The prints are very high resolution, accurately coloured, with no watermark. Each one is signed and numbered on the rear.

  • Unique

    I am one of Ireland's best-known ancient monuments photographers. I have an eye for evocative imagery that reminds the viewer of the timelessness of the mythical Irish landscape.

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