Thursday 30 March 2017

Clodagh Finn: We need a little light at the end of our own tunnel

AT dawn today (and tomorrow, weather permitting), a shaft of sunlight may enter the 5,000-year-old vaulted chamber at Newgrange in a feat of engineering so precise and so enduring that you'd have to wonder if we have anything to match it in modern Ireland.

Look around. Is there any monument or building that could last a millennium, let alone five, and emerge watertight and functioning as the passage tomb in Co Meath has done?

The residents of Priory Hall, who will be spending their second Christmas out of their sub-standard north-Dublin homes, certainly won't be raising a flag for modern Irish builders.

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