Minister for Culture, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, Ms. Josepha Madigan T.D. along with her Government colleague, Kevin ‘Boxer’ Moran, TD, Minister of State with special responsibility for the Office of Public Works (OPW) and Flood Relief this morning, (21 December), welcomed the winners of the OPW Winter Solstice Lottery to Newgrange. Their prize granted them access to the Chamber this morning to witness the Winter Solstice but unfortunately the sun was obscured by cloud. Nevertheless, the atmosphere at the Monument is weather-proof and all the visitors enjoyed the unique experience of Winter Solstice. The winners were from France, Austria, Italy, Switzerland, United Kingdom of Great Britain & Northern Ireland, United States of America and Ireland. They were joined at the Monument by a large group of media and onlookers, all seeking to share in the excitement of this unique event.