Today is the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year in terms of daylight hours.
From tomorrow on, the days gradually get longer and the nights shorter, culminating on June 21st 2017 – the longest day of the year.
The winter solstice 2016 in the Northern Hemisphere will be at 5:44 a.m. EST on Wednesday, December 21st.
Daylight on Wednesday will last approximately seven hours, 49 minutes and 41 seconds – almost nine hours less than the year’s longest day in the summer.
By mid February, those finishing work at 6pm in Boyle should travel home in day light!
The winter solstice is a major pagan festival, with rituals of rebirth having been celebrated for thousands of years.
Many people make the journey to the passage tombs at Carrowkeel outside Castlebaldwin to see the sun rise and sun set but unfortunately the weather is not proving favourable today.
(Boyletoday.com pic shows sunset over Trinity Island on Lough Key)