Dowth: Place of Integration

Sunday 29th May – Dowth, Boyne Valley, County Meath. Dowth (“The Place of Darkness”) is the lesser-visited site of the three famous megalithic structures in the Boyne Valley complex. It is less visited because there is no convenient bus taking tourists to the site, and instead intrepid visitors have to walk the mile or so from the bus terminus, or a mile and a half from the Knowth site, in order to reach it. Luckily for us this late May day was about as beautiful and sunny as May days get, and so we walked along the blooming hawthorn-lined lanes in utter delight. Some days it pays to be a (would-be) druid. When we arrived at Dowth we had the place to ourselves with the exception of a solitary photographer who busied himself with setting up some...