A FORMER Drogheda Independent journalist has completed his own spiritual journey with the publication of his second book.
Anthony Murphy will launch his latest offering called 'Newgrange: Monument to Immortality' in the Barbican on Friday, November 9, a follow-up to his debut 'Island of the Setting Sun'.
Described as a ' labour of love', the book takes a more philosophical look at Ireland's most famous monument, and contains 125 stunning photographs of the site, also taken by the author.
' The historical side of Newgrange has been done many times before, so this is much more thoughtful, and has a great dose of cosmology and spirituality thrown in,' said Anthony, whose father Paul Murphy was also an editor of the DI.
'It is very much my own personal experience of this magical place, however, many other people who have visited have felt the same emotional connection and are driven by some deep longing to connect with their most distant roots.'
Newgrange: Monument to Immortality goes deep into the mind and soul of our neolithic ancestors to better understand what led them to build this remarkable monument.
'I suppose I have gone on a sort of spiritual journey over the past ten years, and my views of life and death have changed,' says the father of five.
The book explores whether the creators of Newgrange had figured out that the soul survives death and wanders off into another world, and perhaps what takes places each year in the passage tomb replicates the journey it takes.
An avid astronomer since he was a boy, Anthony began exploring Newgrange in 1999, working alongside artist Richard Moore.
'Getting out of the newspaper industry did give me more time to pursue my writing, and spending so much time in the Boyne Valley, researching for this book, and taking photographs after the tourists are all gone in the evening, helps with putting you more in touch with your spiritual side,' he says with a smile.
Following the launch, which takes place in the Barbican at 8pm on November 9th, to which all are welcome to go along, the book will be available on order from Liffey Press or on www.amazon.co.uk.