• Cyril McAree

Newgrange To Have It's Widest Ever Audience On Shortest Day Of The Year

Fáilte Ireland and the OPW have this year teamed up to ensure that wherever people are, in Ireland or around the world, they can experience the magic of the winter Solstice at Newgrange, with a unique live stream from the visitor attraction. Streaming live from the monument on the mornings of Wednesday and Thursday, 20-21 December (from 8.30am both days), the state agencies have arranged that everyone who wishes to witness the unique winter Solstice effect within the passage tomb can do so.

Welcoming the initiative, Minister of State for Tourism and sport, Brendan Griffin TD said:“This is a fantastic way to share the unique magic of Newgrange with a much larger audience. It is also a great way to highlight the type of compelling history and heritage that Ireland offers as a destination.” Minister of State with responsibility for the OPW, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran added: “Newgrange nestled in the Boyne Valley is an important historical site in Irelands Ancient Heritage which attracted over 207,000 visitors in 2016. Our annual Winter Solstice Lottery received over 33,000 applications to witness this event with winners from as far as Austria, Italy, Switzerland and the United States of America, showing the continuing fascination the Solstice has the world over.”

Interested viewers who subscribe in advance to the Ireland Ancient East YouTube Channel will get alerts and be prompted to tune in at the appropriate times. The livestream will also be embedded and available to watch on the Ireland’s Ancient East website http://www.irelandsancienteast.com/ on a special page which will also provide context within the wider ancient Ireland and the Boyne Valley story.

Fáilte Ireland’s Head of Ireland’s Ancient East, Jenny De Saulles, today explained the importance of Newgrange for the tourism brand:

“The Newgrange site is one of the jewels in the crown of Ireland’s Ancient East and we are delighted to be teaming up with the OPW to share its story with as wide an audience as possible. The history, heritage and the ancient atmosphere of Newgrange conjure up everything special about Ireland’s history and unique past and we are really happy to bring these elements to a wider audience.”

Finally, with all the content captured over the Solstice period, Fáilte Ireland intends to create a number of pieces of exciting content for the future promotion of Ireland’s Ancient East at home and abroad.

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