Loughcrew Megalithic Centre

Our traditional Irish setting is nestled in the heart of Loughcrew’s Ancient Passage tombs.

We provide tours, accommodation and information on Loughcrew and the surrounding area in Co. Meath.

The ideal location to Discover Boyne Valley!

Offering beautiful space for workshops, parties and events just one hour from Dublin.

Our family friendly hostel and campsite is the perfect retreat from a hectic life.

 

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Nothing nicer than a walk up the hill on a sunny evening 🥰 #loughcrew #loughcrewmegalithiccentre #spring #eveningwalks #sunshine #keepfit 🤗

15 hours ago

Loughcrew Megalithic Centre

Great photo here of the entrance to Newgrange back in the 50’s! Although it doesn’t look like that now, it also doesn’t actually resemble how Newgrange would have looked back in the ancient times either! Like an inbetween state!

Thanks to Mythical Ireland for the photo and the interesting information! 😁Children at play at the entrance to Newgrange in the 1950s. This was before excavations began at the monument in 1962, led by Professor Michael J. O'Kelly. The entrance area had been revealed two and a half centuries earlier, in 1699, when the new landowner in the area, Charles Campbell, ordered his servants to gather stone from the monument for his new farmhouse and roads. Towards the upper right of the photo, you can see the partly obscured roof box lintel stone. The roof box, which admits light to the chamber of Newgrange on the shortest days of the year, was not functioning in the 1950s as the cairn subsidence had pushed the roofing slabs downwards, and in any case the roof box itself was filled with soil and grass so no light could enter.

Back in the 1950s, the monument of Newgrange was accessible by getting the key from the custodian, a local woman called Anne Hickey. She was the custodian there for about 60 years, and by the time Prof. O'Kelly began his excavations in the early 1960s she was in her 90s. She would bring you up to the gate and open it up and, before electrification in 1952, she provide candles for the journey inside!!

I am grateful to Des Clinton of Drogheda Photographic Society for the photo, which was presented to him by a local person who found it in their family photo albums.

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Great photo here of the entrance to Newgrange back in the 50’s! Although it doesn’t look like that now, it also doesn’t actually resemble how Newgrange would have  looked back in the ancient times either! Like an inbetween state! 
Thanks to Mythical Ireland for the  photo and the interesting information! 😁

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Aisling McTiernan

Looked so much better back then.....before the Quartz

It is how I remember it on a school trip in the 1950s, from Rathfarnham in Co.Dublin, sitting 3 to a seat for the journey, and the homemade sandwiches (which we swapped around).

 

 

Loughcrew Passage Tombs

A short walk from our centre will bring you to Loughcrew’s Ancient Passage Tombs. These tombs are over 5,000 years old which makes them older than Newgrange. Hear about the legend of the witch who is credited for these tombs, sit on her throne and take in the breath-taking scenery from the Royal County’s highest point.

Upon entering the tomb you will see some amazing carvings all along the passage. Follow the path of the Equinox's sunlight to see the spectacular carved stone that the sun strikes twice a year. Look up at the corbeled roof that has kept this structure intact for thousands of year as you gaze at the mysterious art that our ancestors worked immensely to create.

Return to the warmth of Nelly's Kitchen Café where you can sip on our Bewley’s coffee and a homemade scone. Our children’s playground is located beside the courtyard where you can relax while the children play.

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