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I was up at the Loughcrew Cairns this summer solstice - what an amazing place. 5,000 year old mounds built to celebrate/commemorate who knows what? They haven't lost any of their majesty despite the toll of the millennia.

A perfect blue sky at 9pm turned into a cloth of gold and purple with a dusting of tiny clouds for effect. Standing there I could see all the way to Fermanagh across Lough Sheelin which was shining like a golden pond in the evening light.

I wasn't there alone - there were others there celebrating in their own way the turning of the year. A busy time of year for farmers and growers, working as long as there is light, needing rain but hoping it falls after the hay is cut. The sounds of silage making all around till late late in the evening.

Perfect.

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Tags: Cairns, Loughcrew, Meath, Oldcastle, Solstice, Summer

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