From here, on a clear day, you can see The Reek. It wasn't so clear when we arrived on the first night close to the Autumn Equinox. Clouds blocked our view. The next night seemed promising with some clear skies overhead. We soon realised we wouldn't be seeing the Sunset as we arrived and saw the bank of clouds sitting on the horizon.
Castlerea isn't really one of those places you associate with epic sunsets. When you hear 'Castlerea', you might think, cattle, bogs and the Mart. Amongst other associations most people probably think nothing as they have never heard of it. Our magical anscestors knew about this special place thousands of years before we settled here. They built a multi-valete enclosure on the western slopes of Mullaghdooey hill on the edge of the Rath Croghan complex of monuments.
We guessed right, just at the last moments, the great pyramid mountain appeared. We were too late to see the sun set into the mountain, but it was a beautiful evening and sunset all the same.
Autumn Equinox 2013
This is the sequence we were hoping to see and perhaps will see again on the Spring Equinox.
Niamh and Con are founding members of Celtic Druid Temple and walk the path of Celtic Druids in Roscommon, Eire.