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Anthony Murphy
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Author, researcher and journalist
Author, researcher and journalist

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This is my first Mythical Ireland podcast. It features a new study about the influx of Beaker people at the end of the Neolithic and how 90% of the Neolithic DNA of ancient Britain (and probably Ireland) was replaced by that influx. Also, I explore the idea that this influx is remembered in Irish invasion mythology.
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I'm giving away a copy of my new book, Mythical Ireland: New Light on the Ancient Past. See this link for details:

https://mythicalireland.com/MI/blog/ancient-sites/win-a-copy-of-mythical-ireland-new-light-on-the-ancient-past/
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Tara and Loughcrew aligned for Lughnasadh sunset?
Back in February of this year, at Imbolc, myself, Ken Williams and Lar Dooley witnessed the sunrise shining into the ancient passageway of Cairn U at Carnbane East, Loughcrew. That day, I noticed that when I was crouched in the chamber of Cairn U, the Hill ...
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Lughnasagh sunset still shines into the passage of Cairn S, Loughcrew, more than five millennia after it was built
37 years ago, in 1980, Martin Brennan, Jack Roberts and their team of researchers made several significant discoveries relating to the astronomical alignment of several ancient chambered cairns (passage-tombs) in the Boyne Valley region. One such discovery,...
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Buí, the smiling hag of Knowth, perhaps?
Many people look for meaning in the symbols carved in stone at the great monuments of the Boyne. Sometimes the most facile examination (and perhaps the most puerile too!) is to indulge in pareidolia. When I took this image at Knowth/Cnogba today, I was cons...
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Eschewing the little people, one archaeologist dismissed folklore about Newgrange, folklore that later proved true
The earliest antiquarians who visited, documented, sketched and spoke about Newgrange sometimes get a hard time from the modern academic establishment. The writings of Lhwyd and Molyneux and Pownall and Vallancey are all criticised for one reason or another...
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Summer Solstice sunrise at Newgrange, Boyne Valley
Good morning from the Boyne Valley! I'm delighted to share
this beautiful photo of Summer Solstice sunrise at Newgrange/Síd in
Broga (taken a few days after the actual day of solstice). For a moment of the year, the sun stops its run, and stays awhile in ...
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Rekindling the powerful image of Elcmar the druid and poet and diviner atop Newgrange at Samhain
In the story of Tochmarc Étaíne, the Wooing of Étaíne, there is an
incredibly powerful image of Elcmar, standing atop Newgrange at Samhain
in druidic garb with a fork of white hazel in his hand. Elcmar has
arrived into the ownership of Síd in Broga throu...
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New map of Hill of Tara monuments – free PDF download
I have created a new map of the Hill of Tara, showing many of the extant monuments plus a few features that have vanished or been destroyed. The map also includes modern features, such as roads and buildings, and is designed to be a helpful guide as you mak...
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The House of Cleitech and Rosnaree: on the trail of the ancestors, crossing the ancient ford of the Boyne
In ancient times, long before stone bridges, the places where you crossed rivers were called fords. These were generally shallow parts of the river, sometimes stony, where one could expect to be able to walk or wade across in general safety, except when the...
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