Bright tillage fields and sheep grazing contentedly on green pastures near the 5,000-year-old passage tomb at Bru Na Boinne, also known as Newgrange.
This UNESCO World Heritage monument, which is older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids at Giza, attracts close to 200,000 visitors annually – prior to Covid, of course.
It’s tempting to imagine that this is a scene which might have existed at almost any time during those last five millennia.
Excavations show that Newgrange, and the associated monuments of Knowth and Dowth, were built on open farmland cleared of the country’s native forestry during the previous five centuries.
This image was shot from the townland of Lougher on the far side of the River Boyne.