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Irish Astronomical Association /UAS Solstice Event 19th June

Posted: Mon Jun 14, 2010 11:52 am
by david entwistle
IRISH ASTRONOMICAL ASSOCIATION / ULSTER ARCHAEOLOGICAL SOCIETY / EHS SOLSTICE EVENT, SATURDAY 19 JUNE.
The IAA + UAS, in conjunction with the Environment and Heritage Service, will be holding another joint event to mark the summer solstice, with a visit to Ballynoe Stone Circle, near Downpatrick, Co Down. This is the largest and most impressive and complex stone circle in Northern Ireland, and one of the biggest in Ireland, and may well have a winter solstice sunset alignment.

See, for example: http://www.megalithomania.com/show/site ... circle.htm and http://www.megalithicireland.com/ and http://www.themodernantiquarian.com/sit ... lynoe.html

We will visit the stone circle (SC) at 14.00, where there will be talks about the archaeology and possible astronomical connections, and then adjourn to the nearby beach at Minerstown for a BBQ/picnic. In the case of bad weather, there are two local pubs for refreshments.
See here for details.