Winter solstice at Newgrange a washout

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File photo: Newgrange in Co Meath, a megalithic passage grave which dates from about 3000 BC. A small opening in the stonework is designed to admit sunlight to illuminate the central point of the burial chamber at dawn during winter solstice. Photo:

Updated 09.00

The winter solstice has been a bit of a washout at Newgrange this morning.

Rain and clouds dulled the twice yearly light show where sunlight shines through the ancient passage tomb.

Just 16 people won a lottery to gain access to the chamber for the event, which happened at 8.54am.

More than 30,000 people had applied for an invitation.

However, conditions at the passage grave were perfect yesterday. Light can be seen entering the chamber in the days around the actual winter solstice on December 21st.

Boyne Valley Tours shared these photo on Facebook.