Knowth is one of the ancient burial sites in Ireland. Older than the pyramids, it belongs to a preCeltic race of farmers, who had a bit of time on their hands. They created some mounds that were in sync with the various solstices of the year. At Newgrange the tomb was made to shine the sunlight straight into the chamber at Winter Solstice. At Knowth the Spring Solstice was honored, though exactly for what reason modern scholars do not know. Mick told the tour group on the way over that DNA taken from some remains in one of the tombs matched the DNA of area school children some 5000 years later, so the people assimilated into invading tribes and the memory of the tombs meaning was forgotten.
Áine, was in no mood to listen to the docent, and so as the tour group entered the tomb, we did some exploring of our own. She would walk along the huge stones, each one carved with different designs, and occasionally would say "Hello!" into one of the dark tunnels. A little bird perched on a stone and watched Áine walk around the tombs, creating the feeling of being observed by the ancient ones. I did feel an unexplainable electric feeling from being there at the sites, as if a low current was running up my legs. For a while, the site was just Áine's and mine to enjoy. I watched my little daughter, very happy, touching the old stones, tracing the circles, crescents and snakelike carvings. Did some of her DNA match that of the ancient ones as well? I guess it could be possible.
The time had come for the final farewell dinner at Taylor's Three Rock, and so we reluctantly boarded the coach back to Dublin. Annie and Áine stayed back at the hotel as we were to get up very early for the dessert tour to Barcelona. At Taylor's we enjoyed a glass of whiskey, followed by a great meal of salmon or Irish stew. That was followed by dessert and Irish coffee. The winning limericks were read by Mick and Terry, and we watched the step dancers take the stage and give our tour group a wild, fleet footed show. Handsome lads and beautiful lassies danced away and received a standing ovation from our group. We took the stage and played some Switchback favorites, including "In My Glory" which is always a treat as people love to hear Maggie sing.
We saluted our tour group and hailed the Canadians for being the first of what we hope are many more to come join us. Our group held hands as we sang "A Simple Benediction" and we brought the Ireland tour to a close with our words:
There is sadness in this moment
That ends our Gathering
But the joy of our reunion
Is as sure as the coming spring
~ Marty McCormack
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