Winter Solstice

The earliest people on Earth knew that the sun’s path across the sky, the length of daylight, and the location of the sunrise and sunset all shifted in a regular way throughout the year. They built monuments such as Newgrange in Ireland, Stonehenge in England – or, for example, at Machu Picchu in Peru – […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 24 October:

1641– Sir Felim O’Neill of Kinard the leader of the Irish Rebellion issues his Proclamation of Dungannon justifying the uprising and declaring continued loyalty to Charles I. 1642 – Irish Confederate rebels establish government in Kilkenny. The Confederate’s constitution was written by Galway lawyer, Patrick D’Arcy. 1789 – Work begins on the construction of the […]

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#OTD in Irish History – 24 October:

1641– Sir Felim O’Neill of Kinard the leader of the Irish Rebellion issues his Proclamation of Dungannon justifying the uprising and declaring continued loyalty to Charles I. 1642 – Irish Confederate rebels establish government in Kilkenny. The Confederate’s constitution was written by Galway lawyer, Patrick D’Arcy. 1789 – Work begins on the construction of the […]

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Today in Irish History – 24 October:

1642 – Irish Confederate rebels establish government in Kilkenny. 1789 – Work begins on the construction of the Royal Canal. 1842 – Death of Bernardo O’Higgins. He was a Chilean independence leader who, together with José de San Martín, freed Chile from Spanish rule in the Chilean War of Independence. Although he was the second […]

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Winter Solstice – the shortest day of the year.

The December solstice happens at the same instant for all of us, everywhere on Earth. This year the solstice occurs on Tuesday, 22nd December. Newgrange is best known for the illumination of its passage and chamber by the Winter Solstice sun. Above the entrance to the passage of the mound there is an opening called […]

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Today in Irish History – 24 October:

1642 – Irish Confederate rebels establish government in Kilkenny. 1789 – Work begins on the construction of the Royal Canal. 1842 – Death of Bernardo O’Higgins. He was a Chilean independence leader who, together with José de San Martín, freed Chile from Spanish rule in the Chilean War of Independence. Although he was the second […]

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