darkness, there is a sense of pilgrimage. On top of the hill, the surrounding countryside quickly disappears into the darkness and from the hill gazing eastwards only the outline of Patrickstown Hill is clear. The wind is often bitter as dawn watchers wait in good-humoured anticipation. The sky brightens before dawn and at first, the sun only lights up the hilltop where the people are gathered and then it gradually lights the rest of the world below. If lucky, those gathered will be treated to the same wonder that our ancestors witnessed on the same hill so long ago. Facing page: Cairn T at Dawn, September. Above: Loughcrew Equinox Dawn, Spring 2017 Images ÂŠ OPW National Monuments Photographic Service
Welcome to the Spring 2017 issue of Heritage Ireland, a collaboration between the Office of Public Works and the Department of Arts, Heritag...