Minister Canney congratulates the Winter Solstice Lottery Winners for 2016

4 October 16

Mr. Seán Canney, TD, Minister of State at the Office of Public Works and Flood Relief (OPW) congratulates the lucky winners in the Winter Solstice Lottery Draw for 2016.  The Winter Solstice Lottery draw takes place each year in the Brú na Boinne Visitor Centre at Newgrange to select those who will be allowed access into the Newgrange Chamber over the winter solstice period.

The 60 lucky winners were chosen by the children of Donore, Knockcommon and Slane National Schools amid great excitement and hailed from locations near (22 of the 32 counties of Ireland) and far such as Canada, Finland, Italy, Japan, Poland and United State of America.  The winning applicants, along with a guest, will have access to the chamber on one of the days between 18 and 23 December.

Speaking this morning, Minister Canney said "I wish to thank the children from Donore, Knockcommon and Slane National Schools for their continued participation in the Winter Solstice Lottery.  Every year, they have the hugely responsible task of drawing the lucky winners of the Winter Solstice Lottery and every year, the excitement never wanes as each location is announced.  Newgrange and Bru na Boinne Visitor Centre combined attracted over 194,000 visitors last year and the variety of locations of the winners today is proof of the enduring significance that Newgrange has the world over.  I have no doubt that each winner will be delighted with their good fortune and will truly appreciate this unique event”.

Winter Solstice Lottery Draw 2016

  • Students from Donore, Knockcommon & Slane National School at Brú na Boinne Visitor Centre


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Note to Editors:

Winter Solstice:

Winter solstice is an astronomical phenomenon which marks the shortest day and the longest night of the year. In the Northern Hemisphere, the winter solstice occurs either December 21 or 22, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Capricorn; the summer solstice occurs either June 20 or 21, when the sun shines directly over the tropic of Cancer.

Sunrise on the shortest days of the year begins at 8.58am and the light shines into the chamber for 17 minutes.  The Office of Public Works opens the monument for the dawn from December 18 until December 23 inclusive and general admission on those mornings is free of charge.

2015 Visitor Numbers for Newgrange: 150,125

2015 Visitor Numbers for Brú na Boinne Visitor Centre: 44,705

Number of entries in the lottery: 32,682