Winter Solstice at Knockroe  

Influx of visitors to passage tomb near Carrick-on-Suir expected

Winter Solstice at Knockroe  

Crowds are expected to gather once again on the shortest day of the year next Wednesday, December 21 to watch the sun set at Knockroe Passage Tomb near Carrick-on-Suir.

The ancient tomb, located in close to Ahenny, is unique in Ireland as it is aligned with both the rising and setting sun during the Winter Solstice. This year the sun rises at approximately 8.40am and sets at 3.40pm.

Knockroe, which is known locally as "The Caisel", was built more than 5,000 years ago by the first farmers and is part of a large collection of interconnected megalithic sites in the area, including Bawnfree, the Kilacoliver Stone Circle and the cairn on Slievenamon.

The Suir Valley Environmental Group is working with Caiseal Conservation Committee to make the Evening Solstice an enjoyable occasion for visitors.

Light refreshments will be available from 2pm to keep you warm and there will also be a raffle to raise funds to prevent 126 metre high industrial wind turbines being constructed within Knockroe’s alignment with the sun.

Visitors are advised to arrive at least half an hour before the sun sets at 3.40pm to allow time to park and walk to the passage tomb site. Wellies are also advised.