‘Irish winter solstice’ lecture at Benzie Area Historical Museum

BENZONIA — Myths and legends about the winter solstice in Ireland from megalithic monuments onward is the subject of a talk by Misty Sheehan, executive director, at the Benzie Area Historical Society.

This talk is a part of the Academy Lecture series.

The lecture will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday,  at the Benzie Area Historic Museum — 6941Traverse Rr. in Benzonia.

Newgrange, an one acre mound constructed 5000 years ago, was built by megalithic hunters and gatherers just north of Dublin, orientated towards the rising of the sun on the winter solstice. On that day, the sun shines in through a hole, down a passageway into one of three rooms.

Stones from both the north and the south surround the mound. If few people lived in Ireland then, so why was the winter solstice dawn so important to them?

Portal tombs were built in the west of Ireland from the same time period. Huge rocks were stacked on top of one another to protect a tomb of important citizens.

Many stone circles are still found today across the southern coast of Ireland. These and other myths and legends about Lugh of the Long Spear, Brigit, Cucchulain, Conchobar mac Nessa, and Maeve of Conacht will be touched upon in this Irish cycle.

 

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