Knowth, Ireland

On Sunday 19 May, we went to Knowth, a complex of burial mounds near Newgrange.

There is a large central mound surrounded by several smaller ones. The entrances are aligned on the sunrises of the spring and autumn equinoxes. This is interesting because it means they were able to identify the equinoxes. The main mound is 5000 years old. It is surrounded by many carved stones, one of which appears to be a lunar calendar, and another one seems to be a solar calendar. Several have spirals and serpentine forms.

We also saw some hares scampering about, which was utterly magical.

Standing stone at the entrance which casts a shadow on the stone behind it at the equinox.

View of Newgrange from the top of Knowth

View of the River Boyne from the top of Knowth

View of some of the satellite mounds from the top of Knowth

The River Boyne

The River Boyne, sacred to the goddess Boann


We wondered if some of the spiral designs could have been inspired by the ripples and eddies in the River Boyne, not far away.

Holly in bloom

View of Newgrange (Bru na Boinne)