013 Mythical Ireland – Boyne Valley with Anthony Murphy

Welcome to Episode 13 of the Thin Places Travel Podcast. Our featured guest for this episode is Anthony Murphy, an expert on the history and mysteries surrounding the ancient monuments in the Boyne Valley in Ireland. This is the first of two interviews. The second interview (Episode 14) follows this episode, and in that interview, Anthony discusses a once-in-a-lifetime discovery he and his friend made when they discovered new monuments in the Boyne Valley. Be sure to carry your listening through to the second interview. 

Anthony Murphy of Mythical Ireland
Anthony Murphy of Mythical Ireland

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#013 Mythical Ireland – Boyne Valley with Anthony Murphy
Host – Mindie Burgoyne
Guests – Anthony Murphy – Mythical Ireland
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Mythical Ireland – Boyne Valley with Anthony Murphy

Newgrange, Henges and the Irish Mythology tied to the Ancient Monuments

Anthony Murphy is a historian, journalist and a remarkable photographer who lives in Drogheda, one of Ireland most ancient towns. Most of Drogheda is in County Louth, but a portion of it runs into County Meath – the ancient royal capital of Ireland where you find the Hill of Tara and the massive collection of ancient monuments in the Boyne Valley.

Anthony is the author of several books, a husband and father of five children. By day he works as a journalist, but he spends some of his free time pursuing interests that include photography, astronomy and Irish mythology especially as they pertain to the ancient monuments found in the Boyne Valley near where he live and throughout Ireland.

Anthony is the author of Island of the Setting Sun: In Search of Ireland’s Ancient Astronomers as well as several other books. His most recent work Mythical Ireland: New Light on the Ancient Past features many of the same concepts and subjects that Anthony talks about on his YouTube Channel and in this interview.

This guy is full of information and ideas about the ancients. We use Anthony as a local guide for some of our Ireland tours.

I recorded this interview in May of 2018, and Anthony spoke about Newgrange and the Boyne Valley and the ancient people who once lived in the area. He talks extensively about the monuments and how they tie into Irish mythology. We closed that interview and I saved it for production in the summer of 2018.

But early one weekend morning in July of 2018, while doing some Arial photography of the Boyne Valley using drones with a friend, Anthony located a yet undiscovered ancient monument- actually several. The monuments were only visible because of the recent drought in Ireland. By the next day, Anthony’s photos and videos were featured on RTE television, and by the following day Anthony’s discovery was on NPR, The Washington Post, the New York Times and Time Magazine.

I couldn’t publish this general interview with Anthony without mentioning or including his new amazing discovery. So, we did a second interview, and it is featured in the next episode – 14.

So, sit back and relax. Prepare to hear from one of the most brilliant, fresh minds focused on ancient Ireland. This interview with Anthony Murphy will give you a wealth of information on the ancient monuments of Ireland and the mystery that surrounds them.

Anthony Murphy guides a Thin Places tour at the Knowth monument
Anthony Murphy guides a Thin Places tour at the Knowth monument

Anthony Murphy Interview

Anthony Murphy discusses the Boyne Valley – Newgrange, Knowth, Dowth and Irish Mythology related to this World Heritage Site.

Mythical Ireland – Anthony Murphy – website

Mythical Ireland: New Light on the Ancient Past
New book by Anthony Murphy (amazon ink)
For autographed copy, purchase from Anthony’s website

The New Henge of Newgrange: A Once-in-a-Lifetime Discovery – blog post by Anthony Murphy on the new henge he and a friend discovered in July 2018

The Newgrange Henge: A Preliminary Investigation of Possible Astronomical Alignment  

Anthony Murphy YouTube Channel – Mythical ireland

Anthony Murphy Amazon Author Page

Mythical Ireland Facebook Page

Newgrange and Bru na Boinne – World Heritage Site

We thank Anthony Murphy for being so generous with his time and offering such wisdom to you, our listeners. Please tune in to the next episode to hear about Anthony’s recent discovery of more ancient monuments in the Boyne – how the discovery was made and what the monuments tell us about the people of that time.

Thank you for listening to the Thin Places Travel Podcast. You can find us on the web at thinplacespodcast.com. You can also find me on twitter at @travelhags and facebook.com/thinplaces.
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In our next episode, we will continue our interview with Anthony Murphy and discuss a new discovery he and a friend made in the Boyne Valley just last month.

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