Sun to align with ancient standing stones in Lispole marking winter solstice

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The sun will align with three ancient standing stones in Ardamore in Lispoke today marking the shortest day of the year.

This ‘Grainstad’ takes place every year on this day at sunset.

Dating back to between 1,500 and 2,200 BC the three large standing stones on the farm of Seamus Devane are of great significance as they are specifically orientated at a point in the west where the sun setd.

Archaeologist Mícheál Ó Coileáin said the prehistoric peoples who once lived in this valley devised this as a giant solar calendar to mark the shortest day: