Day 2 - First full day in Ireland
Knowth, bangers and mash, and crunchier sponge candy! Today was filled with driving, learning about passageway tombs and delicious food. We started our day with a traditional Irish breakfast which included: eggs, bangers, mushrooms, hash browns, blood pudding, croissant, and a very interesting yet refreshing broccoli juice to drink. We checked out of our Dublin hotel and headed north to County Meath to see the great Stone Age tomb of Knowth. This tomb is one of three passageway tombs in the area (Newgrange and Dowth are the others), built around 3000 BC. They made a point to say they are older than the great pyramids of Giza (2600 BC) and Stonehenge (2200 BC). The surrounding area called Brú na Boyne (bend of the Boyne) was a place of action and activity. It is located near the River Boyne. We visited Knowth, which is the largest passageway tomb in the world. It is an incredible sight. The passageway tombs were a resting place for the dead, performing rituals, and aligns perfectly with the spring and autumn equinox (March 21 and September 21). During those times, the sun's light shines down the passageway. Depending on the time period, bones of the dead were either cremated or left intact and placed at the end of the passageway, which was the most sacred part of the tomb.
After leaving Knowth, we headed to Bundoran. On the way we drove through part of Northern Ireland, so we stopped at the peace statue at the border where the intimidating border crossings once stood. We arrived in Bundoran at 8:45 pm, ate dinner at 9 pm (bangers and mash which I later turned into a replica of Knowth), played a couple of ice breaker games with our group and the group from Michigan, and then retreated to our apartments to write this blog for you wonderful people! Thanks for reading!